April 30, 1922 - Oct. 30, 2006
Veronica Shomos, 84, died of a heart attack early Monday morning, Oct. 30, 2006, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital with her husband of 59 years, Gus, and her youngest daughter, Audrey, at her bedside.
Veronica Kai Cassidy, the only child of Frank and Vera Cassidy, was born April 30, 1922, in Chicago.
Intelligent, inquisitive and happy throughout her life, Veronica developed a love for dance as a young girl. After graduating from Chicago Steinmetz High School in 1941, she worked several years for an architectural firm.
It was while figure skating in 1946 that she met a dashing young World War II veteran named Gus Shomos. Not only did Gus possess the great potential she valued in a man, he also shared her passion for dancing. They were married Nov. 1, 1947, in Chicago.
Veronica quickly began her lifelong career as a homemaker and then added the job of mother with the birth of her daughter, Monica Jean, in 1951, followed by Audrey Terese in 1954. She was remarkably accomplished in her role as nurturing mother and her husband greatly benefited from her full support and encouragement when he quit his job in Chicago to create a new precision casting business in East Troy in 1964.
Veronica, known to many friends as Ronnie, had a unique talent for meeting, welcoming and showing a genuine interest in people. She could "work a crowd," but ironically had difficulties at times getting a word in edgewise with her garrulous daughters and sometimes boisterous husband. When Gus retired, the two traveled widely. Ronnie loved Asia, as anyone who had the pleasure of visiting her home would immediately see in her selection of furnishings and artwork. Trips to Japan in 1982 and China in 1983, newly opened to tourism, served as travel highlights.
Ronnie was also devoted to health and fitness. For 25 years, she was a core member of her beloved Mukwonago aerobics group. She even worked out with her very good friends as recently as Wednesday. However, she was best known for dancing with the love of her life, Gus. Ronnie and Gus danced up to three times a week and spent countless hours together practicing their steps. From November through April for the past 17 years, they spent the winter in Arizona because it was a virtual mecca for dancing. They were simply amazing and often people would clear the way just to see them dance. If you watched closely, Veronica gave new meaning to being light on your feet. Her graceful dancing is a wonderful way to remember her. But greater than any talent, she possessed or developed during her lifetime were Veronica’s unselfishness, devotion and love for her family. She always put them first.
Veronica is survived by her husband, Gustav V. Shomos of Mukwonago, and her daughters, Monica J. Shomos (Don Taylor) of Dripping Springs, Texas, and Audrey T. Shomos (Dan Laux) of Evansville.
Visitation will be held from 4:30 p.m. until the 6 p.m. memorial service Friday, Nov. 3, at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 315 Main St., Mukwonago.
Memorials are appreciated to the Mukwonago Community Library.
Schmidt & Bartelt-Van Valin Funeral and Cremation Services of Mukwonago, 363-7126, is serving the family.