Deborah Kay (Roes) Simonson

deborah kay (roes) simonson
Deborah Kay (Roes) Simonson passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, Monday, February 24th, at Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes. Born November 27, 1952, to Lenore (Jefferson) Freeman and Joe Roes, Deb grew up in Fargo with her sister and best friend, Georgia, graduating from Fargo South High School in 1971. She met her husband, Bernie Simonson, in 1977 while working at Lorny's Bar. The couple married on June 25, 1983 and share four children: Bob Lindblad (Sue), Bernie Simonson (Michelle), Lindsey Simonson, and Lacy Simonson, and seven grand-children. Deb and Bernie were self-employed, operating Simonson's Wallcovering for 30 years. Deb later went on to pursue a license in massage therapy at Sister Rosalind's School of Massage, where she taught classes and became the school's director upon graduation. She left the school to open up her own massage therapy business, "A Lasting Touch," working alongside her daughter, Lindsey. Deb was a fun-loving, free-spirited woman who took enjoyment in many pastimes: traveling, tubing down the river, skiing, crafting, scrap-booking, riding her motorcycle, and giving endless time and love to her grandchildren. She was adventurous, from zip-lining in Jamaica to experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes (inedible cookies were almost an art form.) Known as "The Crazy Cat Lady," Deb was an avid animal-lover, adopting several cats and the occasional raccoon at their home on Eagle Lake. She was a nurturing and caring soul, which is why she lit up every room she entered. Friends will remember Deb for her "sass and class" and contagious laughter. One of Deb's fondest memories was the birth of her youngest sister, Pamela, who precedes her in death. A funeral service will be held 2:00pm Wednesday, March 4th, at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center with visitation at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to be made to the ALS foundation and/or the Detroit Lakes Humane Society. A final note to ALS: You’ll never be as ugly a disease as Deborah was a beautiful woman.

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  1. Our hearts are saddened for the family’s loss. May the loving memories of Deb bring comfort.

    With Love,

    Deion and Dorey

  2. Bernie, Georgia, and family, Diane and I are so sorry for your loss. Debbie was a one of a kind sweet soul. We sure have so many great memories and fun times shared. May all of you take comfort in knowing that Debbie suffers no more and is now heaven’s Angel watching over us. Peace and comfort be with you all.

  3. I have many great memories from High School of Georgia, Deb, me and the Teal Blue Camaro!!!!! So sorry for your loss.

  4. Words can not express what a huge loss to the entire Simonson & Roes Family and all her many friends. I will miss my Auntie Deb.

  5. Condolences from my family to yours,ur ride n the clouds with old friends now,soon enough we all be there together.see ya on the other side,you ‘ve got your wings.R.I.P…..geno and the Eskelson Family

  6. We are so saddened by the loss of our cousin Deb. She was a beautiful and fun loving person. The Roes reunions were always fun! We will miss her.

  7. Oh Bernie and family, it saddens our hearts to hear about your loss. Deb was not only beautiful on the outside she had that beauty in her heart too. We have such great memories of our days at the dart line and our visit at eagle lake. Deb was in her element at the lake and we enjoyed watching the additions she made and we noticed each time we went by.

  8. Deb, you were always so fun and kind. My heart hurts for your family during this time. I am sending many thoughts and prayers with so much love.

  9. My life was forever changed after meeting Bernie and Deb nearly 40 years ago many great times were had and many memories were made and with all friendships time between visits lengthens as we all have our own paths but I will never forget the paths we were on together ! Deb will be deeply missed by all that were fortunate to have met her Love you Deb Rest In Peace 🙏

  10. Such fun times we had during the dart days. So many laughs. Deb you were such ” a spoon full of sugar “. So kind. I really enjoyed the days. Hugs and prayers go out to Bernie & fam & Georgia. Hold the great memories close to your heart. You have many. Peace Deb.

  11. What fun we had together! R.I.P. Deb. See the wind. My sincere condolences and Sympathies. Ellie Owens-Hauser

  12. Uncle Bern and family, I can’t imagine the sorrow that you are going through. Like mom, you wouldn’t wish Deb’s illness on your worst enemy. She had the most beautiful smile and it did light up the room.i know that now you will be able to rest in the comforting arms of God and family . I hope to see you again someday. What a reunion that will be. Get your rest, you are gonna need it. I consider myself and many others to be extremely fortunate to have been graced with your presence. Love, Myron.

  13. We are so sorry to hear of deborahs passing…our hearts are with you …..dave and Laura wambach

  14. My tears are falling. May God bless you, Deb, and the Angels enfold you in their love. Your bright light made this world a better world. My thoughts and prayers are with you and with your family. Travel on in peace, my friend.

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