In Memory of

Margaret Simonsen

December 15, 1920 - November 29, 2010
Margaret I. Simonsen, 89, of Quimby, passed away Monday, November 29, 2010, at Careage Hills Nursing Home in Cherokee, Iowa. Margaret "Sis" Rasmussen was born the daughter of Hans and Margrethe (Laursen) Rasmussen on December 15, 1920, in Marcus, Iowa. She was a member of the Marcus Public School Class of 1937. She attended business school in Sioux City and taught in a rural school for two and a half years. Margaret married Dr. Doyle W. Simonsen of Quimby on November 27, 1941, in Marcus, Iowa. The couple resided in rural Quimby until 2008 at which time they moved to The Gardens in Cherokee. She was active as a Sunday school teacher, M.Y.F. leader and 4-H leader. She was a founding member of the Cherokee County Historical Society and co-authored the Quimby Diamond Jubilee book. She was a long-time member of Entre Nous. Margaret enjoyed collecting antiques, playing cards, golfing, bowling, photography and attending her children's and grandchildren's school and sporting events. She will be remembered for her selfless giving to others, her sharp intellect, her love of her Danish heritage, her valuable contributions to the community and, most of all, her very deep and nurturing love of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Dr. Doyle Simonsen; four daughters, Ann (Ray) Drefke of Marcus, IA, Karen (Mike) McMahon of Libertyville, IL, Kristie (Rich) Brown of Sioux City, IA, and Kira (Alan) Freilich of Omaha, NE; two sons, John (Helen) Simonsen of Quimby, IA and Mark (Kathy) Simonsen of Cherokee, IA; fourteen grandchildren, Jeri (Mike) Johnson of Hartley, IA, Brent (Michelle) Drefke of Urbandale, IA, Jon (Marla) Simonsen of Quimby, IA, Kyle (Kristi) Drefke of Bethesda, MD, Jay (Kim) Simonsen of West Monroe, LA, Kelly Kaufman of Cedar Rapids, IA, Kerry (Glenn) Selby of Gretna, NE, Matt Simonsen of Eden Prairie, MN, Kyle McMahon of Libertyville, IL, Scott (Amy) Drefke of Ankeny, IA, Courtney (Jamie) Sanders of Vista, CA, Kent Simonsen of Cushing, IA, Kirk McMahon of Chicago, IL, and Rachel (TJ) Stahle of Prairie Village, KS; three step-grandchildren, Evan (Candace) Freilich, Mallory Freilich and Morgan Freilich, all of Omaha, NE; twenty-one great-grandchildren Kelsey Margaret, Kasey and Karley Peterson; Jared and Tyler Drefke; Derek and Jacob Simonsen; Margaret "Greta," Madeleine and Sigrid Drefke; Garret Robert, Cody Savell and Justin Robert; Katie Kaufman; Marilyn, Frankie, Andy and Carl Simonsen; Payton and Alyson Drefke; and Michael Freilich; and one sister, Eleanor "Bobby" Brady of Marcus, IA; a brother-in-law, Merle Simonsen of Cherokee; sisters-in-law Alice Rasmussen and Irene Rasmussen, both of Sioux City and Cecily Simonsen of Tucson, AZ; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Carl Rasmussen, Max Rasmussen, Harry Rasmussen and Don Rasmussen; and a sister, Evelyn Peterson.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, December 4, 2010, at the Quimby Methodist Church in Quimby, IA.
Rev. Carolyn Hollar
Matt Simonsen Kent Simonsen Brent Drefke Kyle Drefke Scott Drefke Jon Simonsen Jay Simonsen Kyle McMahon Kirk McMahon
Visitation will begin at 11:00 A.M. Friday, with the family present from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Friday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Congregational Hymns "Who Holds Tomorrow" "Softly and Tenderly" Solo Hymn "Just a Close Walk With Thee" by Rich Brown
Quimby Cemetery Quimby, Iowa


Monday, December 6, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“To all the Simonsens: My deepest sympathies on the passing of your mother. Thinking of you. Kira's friend, Sally Beal”
- Sally E, Beal
Friday, December 3, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Doyle and Kids -
We are surely thinking of all of you!”
- Vere & Darlene Corrington's Kids Ron and Jan Witcombe
Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“We at Careage Hills were saddened to hear of Margaret Simonsen's passing away last week. She was here for only a few days but she made many friends during her stay. We truly loved her and send her family & friends our sincere condolences.”
- Karn J.Monson
Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of her passiing.”
- Karn J.Monson
Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all on the loss of your mother.”
- Cathy Smith
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“I was very sadden to see that Margaret has passed away. I was in the Cherokee County Historical Society with her when she was President of the organization. She was a really great lady. You have my deepest condolences. U have known the Simonsens for many many years. U used to live in Cherokee, Iowa”
- Darleen {Cummins} Pettengill
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“We were so sorry to read of Margaret's passing. She was a lovely lady, and I have memories of her that go all the way back to the early 1950's. I had such a nice visit with her in 2003, at the visitation for my Dad. She had a long and full life, and we know that all the good memories will help you through the difficult times ahead.Our sincere condolences to all of you.”
- Bill and Jackie Stutz
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“so sorry for the loss of ure dear mother and grandmother. my thoughts and prayers are with u in youre time of sorrow.”
- lora l jenkins ( mcmurrin)
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“So very sorry to hear of Margaret's passing. I pray that the memories that you have shared with Margaret will sustain you through the days and months ahead and that they will bring you peace and comfort. I know she will be dearly missed by all who knew her. ”
- Lori Lochner
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to hear about your mom. I had many a happy childhood days at your house and riding horses. And many visits later as an adult. Your mom imparted much knowledge and wisdom to all of us. She will be missed. ”
- Bev Rowe
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