Dorothy, age 99, passed away on January 9, 2020. She was born April 27, 1920, in Shepherd, MI, and was raised in Lansing, MI.
Dorothy was a graduate of Eastern High School. She lived in Haslett for 30 years, moving to the vacation home in Gladwin in 1991. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in East Lansing and Sacred Heart Parish in Gladwin. Dorothy retired from Sparrow Hospital after 23 years of dedicated service.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ila Kirkconnell; sisters, Wilma Kirkconnell and Lois Casey; brothers, Thomas and Alvin Kirkconnell; husband of 54 years, John L. Simon; sons, John and James; daughter-in-law, Lynne Simon; and grandson, Michael.
Surviving are: son, Thomas (Mary Jane) Simon, Sr. of DeWitt; daughter, Sandra Simon of Lansing; sisters, Norma Marshall of Ann Arbor, and Lucille Alford and Joyce (John) Wise of Lansing; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She possessed a sharp wit and the gift of gab. She loved music, especially piano, and had a beautiful singing voice. She made friends easily and maintained lifelong friendships. She knew someone everywhere she went! Her favorite pastimes – traveling, cooking, crossword puzzles and letter writing were second only to spending time with her family and friends. Generous and kind, she will be missed immensely.
Rest in peace, Mom, we are certain you are in heaven, doing your own thing.
The funeral liturgy for Dorothy will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Lansing. Her family will receive relatives and friends from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.