Linnea A. Simonis
Linnea Anna Simonis, 103, Stevens Point, a retired teacher,
died Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
Burial will be in St. Stephen Cemetery in Stevens Point.
Boston Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Condolences
may be offered online at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mrs. Simonis was born March 19, 1912, in Norway, Mich., a
daughter of the late Albin and Anna Anderson, natives of Sweden who came to the
United States at age 17. She was the youngest of seven children and spent her
youth in Stambaugh, Mich., where she started school when she was 5 and learned
how to speak English. She graduated from Stambaugh High School in 1930.
She continued her education and in 1933 she graduated with a
two-year elementary diploma from Stevens Point Teachers College. She later
attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she earned a Bachelor
of Science degree in 1959.
She was married to Greg Simonis Nov. 16, 1935, at St. Agnes
Catholic Church in Iron River, Mich. He died Jan. 29, 1967.
They made their home in Stevens Point where he owned the
local Phillips 66 service station.
She taught for more than 25 years at several elementary
schools throughout Wisconsin, including Nelma, Ellis, Amherst Junction,
Mosinee, Lincoln, McDill and Jackson elementary in Stevens Point. She retired
at the age of 70.
She was also active in the community. She was a member of
St. Anne’s Society at St. Joseph Church, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Knights
of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, National Education Association, National Retired Teachers
Association and the Stevens Point Area Retired Teachers’ Association (SPARTA).
She was also the secretary of AARP for eight years and secretary of SPARTA for six years.
She spent time at the Anderson family cottage on Hagerman
Lake that was built in 1928 by her brothers.
Survivors include one son, Philip (Judith) Simonis, Cape
Coral, Fla.; two daughters, Janet (George) Parsons Jury, Petoskey, Mich., and
Sally (Wes) Johnson, Sheboygan Falls; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren;
and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters
and one great-granddaughter.