ASHTABULA — Madeline Simon, age 92, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in her home with her loving family by her side.
She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Sept. 29, 1920, the daughter of Raymond and Emily (Charmley) Culver. Madeline grew up on Bois Blanc Island in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
While she served her country from 1942-1947 in the U.S. Merchant Marines during WWII, she met her loving husband, Louis "Louie" Simon, and on Feb. 13, 1947, they were married in Ashtabula, Ohio.
She was a devoted wife of 55 years and a loving mother of six children, loving grandma of 10 and great-grandmother of 5; with 1 on the way. She assisted her husband with his business ventures but she was primarily a stay at home mother and grandma and her life revolved around her family. Madeline and Louie were foster parents for the Catholic Service League for 30 years, taking in 60 children and babies until they were adopted. Madeline is affectionately known as "Grandma Simon" to the many neighborhood children, and their children that she babysat over the years.
She was a dedicated member of Our Lady of Peace Parish at Mother of Sorrows Church; the Cedars of Lebanon, the Elks Ladies Auxiliary, and is an inductee of the St. John High School Hall of Fame.
She is survived by her loving family; her children, Ray Simon of Oceanside, Calif., Carolyn Moore (fiancé Tim Gildersleeve) of Ashtabula, Paul Simon of Ashtabula and Charmley (Richard) Bond of Naples, Fla.; her grandchildren, Rachel Tolbert, Louie (Angela) Simon, P.J. Moore, Chris Moore, Marine Cpl. Michael Moore, Megan Moore (fiancé Jeremie Welch), Eric Paul Simon, Daniel O’Reilly and Caitlin O’Reilly; and her five great-grandchildren, Nicole Tolbert, Nick Tolbert, Nia Tolbert, Rhianon Simon and Lillian Simon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis on April 10, 2002; her twin sons, Thomas and John in infancy; her grandson, Mark Alan Moore at birth; her brothers, Raymond, Wilfred, Tom and Mark; and her sister, Mary.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m., Saturday, June 29th, at Our Lady of Peace-Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, with the Rev. Ernesto Rodriguez officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Calling Hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, in the FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL HOME, 536 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula.
Madeline specifically requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: The Louis Simon Memorial Scholarship at St. John School, the Saybook Fire Dept. or to Hospice of the Western Reserve; envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Hospice of the Western Reserve for all their care and compassion. The family would also like to thank Dr. Archie Wilkenson for all the years of excellent care he provided Madeline and to JoAnn Welch of the Mother of Sorrows Spiritual Care Team, for her prayers, friendship and for bringing her the Holy Eucharist to her home.
CZUP FUNERAL HOME, 526 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula is handling the arrangements for the family.
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