In loving memory of

Jeannine "Jean" Simons
March 30, 1930 - September 9, 2020

Private family services will be held with burial in the Hampton Cemetery.

Jeannine "Jean" Simons, 90, of Hampton, Iowa, passed away September 9, 2020, at Leahy Grove Assisted Living in Hampton. Due to COVID-19, a private family service will be held on September 12, 2020, with burial at the Hampton Cemetery.

Jean was born March 30, 1930, in Waverly, Iowa, and was adopted and raised by John and Pearl (Walsh) Pohl. She was a 1947 graduate of Dumont (Iowa) High School. On February 26, 1948, she married Newman Simons in Owatonna, Minnesota, and they made their home in rural Franklin County. She raised their four children - Connie, Karen, Debra and Scott - as a busy stay-at-home mother.

Jean worked alongside Newman as a farm wife and was an active member of the Hampton United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She volunteered at church and with the Franklin General Hospital Auxiliary, working in the gift shop and at the bloodmobile. She was an excellent seamstress and quilter, and enjoyed reading, knitting, going to garage sales and flea markets, working in her flower beds, and spending time with her grandchildren, their kids and her friends. She especially loved her time at Little Boy Lake in Longville, Minnesota. A highlight in the summer of 2020 was staying a few days at the farm and seeing her family's many trucks parked in the driveway when they came to visit.

Jean is survived by: daughters Connie (Gene) Liekweg of Hampton, Karen (Doug) Musson of Iowa Falls and Debra Heldt (Russ Ball) of Sumner; son Scott Simons (Ann Flickinger) of Hampton; 16 grandchildren - Carrie, Michael and Joseph Jorgensen; Chad, Todd and Jeff Mulford; Eric and Patrick Reisinger; Katy and Molly Heldt; Kyle, Kasey, Kristopher and Mallory Simons; and Brendan and Megan Houser - along with 36 great grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Linda Pohl of Hampton, Betty Walsh of Mason City, Rosalyn (Murrel) Symens of Hampton and Mary Simons of New Hartford; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 56 years, daughter-in-law Holly Simons, brothers Keith Walsh and Darwin Pohl, and an infant sister.

The family would like to thank the staff and residents at Leahy Grove for the excellent care she received and the friendships she enjoyed the last four years.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Hampton Public Library, North Iowa Youth for Christ in Hampton or the Hampton United Methodist Church.


Polly Harper wrote on Sep 22, 2020:

"My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Your mom was a lovely lady. Its been awhile since we played are monthly card game. God bless you all Polly Harper (Cooiidge ,Az."

Susan Brammer Helmke wrote on Sep 16, 2020:

"Sorry to hear of Jean?s passing. She was such a sweet lady. We always had a visit when I would see her. Thinking of all guys at this sad time. Deepest sympathy, Susan Helmke"

Joyce Jorgensen Piechowski wrote on Sep 13, 2020:

"My sympathies to you all. She was one of the best Moms ever! Always time to talk and listen even with kids everywhere. I'm pretty sure she knew I was a bad influence on Connie but never even said it. I know her warm smile and welcoming heart lives on in each of you. Makes me smile just to think of her. Love and hugs."

Geraldine Paulsen Cyr wrote on Sep 12, 2020:

"Connie and family, So sorry to hear of your mother, Jean's, passing. Cherish the many memories. Our prayers and sympathy go out to all of you. "

Connie and Mike Murphy wrote on Sep 12, 2020:

"Such wonderful childhood memories were made with the Simons family. We had so many good times together. I will remember your mom?s giggle always; it was just Jean?s. She was a special lady. The last time I was in Hampton we had such a good time. We visited together about all of the good times, as well a sad times , our families shared. I will cherish that visit. Our sincere sympathy to all of you. "

Terry Schomburg wrote on Sep 12, 2020:

"I'm so very sorry to hear about the loss of Jean. My deepest sympathy."

LaDonna (Meinders) Estal wrote on Sep 12, 2020:

"Sending our sincere condolences to you on the loss of your mom. I have so many good memories of her when I stayed at your home, Karen! She was always very welcoming & awesome mother. Sending my love & hugs to all of you. "

Jolyne Boelkes Edwards wrote on Sep 12, 2020:

"Jean was one of my favorites!!!! She always made sure I had a huge helping of her grape salad where ever she brought the dish!!!! One of "our" moms!!!! Sad to hear this--love to all of you. "

Brownie & Deb wrote on Sep 11, 2020:

"We are very sorry for the families loss, she looked like a very nice lady. "

Corby Johnson wrote on Sep 11, 2020:

"Jean had a way about her that just drew me in. The way she lit up when I walked into the room. The way she saved me a place at the table for a meal. The twinkle in her eyes as she told me about a family story, and when she thought she got away with something. I Loved her and will look forward to seeing her again in paradise. I imagine she'll be holding the door (closed) and giggling on the other side."

Kathy Lumley Schloemer wrote on Sep 11, 2020:

"I?m so sorry to hear of the passing of Jean. You all have my deepest sympathy. She was always a wonderful person. "

Vicki miller wrote on Sep 11, 2020:

"My condolences to Debbie and all her family?s my prayers are with you all . Cherish the Memories ?Vicki (Reisinger) miller "

Gordy and Vicki Naber wrote on Sep 11, 2020:

"So sorry to hear about Jean, what a beautiful lady. Our prayers and thoughts to the whole family!"

Very miller wrote on Sep 11, 2020:

"My condolences to Debbie and her family will be thinking of you all at this time of need my prayers to you all cherish the memories Vicki (Reisinger) miller "

Pat Larsen wrote on Sep 11, 2020:

"With deepest sympathy!!! Cherish your many memories."

Linda Jensen wrote on Sep 11, 2020:

"Many fond memories of growing up in our farming neighborhood. My condolences and may her memory be a blessing. Linda Jensen"

Cheri Ubben wrote on Sep 10, 2020:

"I spent a lot of time with Jean every week for years. We solved a lot of world problems, family problems, and any other problems that came up. She was always interested in my family and I with hers. Such a neat, neat lady! Prayers for her family at this time!"

Brian Harlan wrote on Sep 10, 2020:

"Many memories of her. Damn good card player and and good friend. Prayers to the family that are good friends and relatives. Spending time with Jean and her and her husband Numen was special to me and all ways good to me. Together again in god?s house ?"