Phyllis Simenson

phyllis simenson
Phyllis Jewell Simenson, 85, Fargo, ND passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Bethany Retirement Living in Fargo. She was born December 19, 1933 to Mayland and Elma (Sorbel) Thoen in Kindred, ND. She grew up in Kindred and graduated from Kindred High School in 1951. On March 20, 1952 Phyllis was united in marriage to Donald Simenson in Moorhead, MN. The couple made their home in Horace where they raised their five children. Phyllis was employed at St. Luke’s for many years before working for the Horace and Comstock Elevators. She worked at Comstock until her retirement. Phyllis was an organist at Horace Lutheran Church for many years. She also enjoyed volunteering her time to Sons of Norway and the Hjemkomst Center. She loved to play cards and enjoyed playing pinochle with the farmers, as well as playing with her family at get togethers. Phyllis was an avid crossword puzzle enthusiast, doing one every day in the morning with her toast and coffee. She was an excellent cook who was known for her fabulous potato salad and chocolate cake. Phyllis loved to travel to all of her family reunions and cherished the time together making great memories. She will be missed dearly. She is survived by her children, Dale (Barb), Scot (Kaye), and Mary Simenson; son-in-law, Curt Egge; brother, Paul (Carolyn) Thoen; grandchildren, Charidy Mueller, Angie (Derek) Wanzek, Jason (Taylor) Simenson, Matthew (Sadie) Simenson, Lindsey Simenson, and Abby Simenson; and great-grandchildren, Griffin Simenson and Josie Wanzek. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; daughter, Lisa Egge; and son, Mark Simenson. There will be a funeral service at 11:00 AM on Monday, October 28, 2019 at Messiah Lutheran Church, Fargo with a visitation one hour prior.  

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  1. Phyllis was a wonderful woman with a fabulous laugh. Sending love and prayers to the family and friends. God Bless

  2. My thoughts and Prayers Phyllis was a wonderful person inside and out-she will be missed God Bless her memory.

  3. Dear Phylis, you were always a fun and funny second mother to us and as young kids it seemed like the Clemensons and the Simensons were always together. I still remember that Mercury car that gramma Simenson had that the back window rolled down. I thought that was so cool. May you rest in piece and be with your family members that left this world way to early.

  4. I am so sorry for Dale, Scott and Mary. You’re mother was a wonderful woman and put up a lot with us kids. Great memories of a great time of my life hanging around Horace, RIP Mrs Simensin 😢

  5. To the entire Simenson Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Phyllis had a great smile and laugh, which she passed on to her kids. She is up in heaven smiling and laughing with everyone that passed before her. She will be missed by many.

  6. Phyllis was what I call “one of my Horace Moms”. Back then Horace was the stereotypical small town where it was more like a family than a town. I grew up with her family. They were great people. I worked with Phyllis at the Horace Elevator during high school. Great sense of humor. She will be missed by many. My prayers to the family at this time of loss.

  7. Rest In Peace dear Phyllis! She was one of the nicest moms in my years attending Horace school. Lisa & I were classmates and childhood friends. Her laugh, personality, kindness shown thru all the time! My sincere condolences to all her family. You were so Blessed to have her as your mom & grandma! I know she is Heaven rejoicing with Lisa, Mark & Don.

    Cheryl (Engen) Lindstrom

  8. Phyllis was a kind, loving dear lady. Her infectious laugh would light up a room! Phyllis and Don were my godparents and they both held a special place in my heart. My sympathies to you all. God’s Blessings.

  9. Phyllis was one of my favorite sa accompanist in my early days singing for weddings. Always enjoyed working with her. Also worked with Don at Fairway Foods for 20 years. Both great people!

  10. Phyllis was and always will hold a special place in my heart. She had a laugh and smile that could lighten a room up! Her stories of my Grandma Swenson and Great Aunts were stories I will cherish forever. You had the kindest loving heart that we will all miss very much! Peace be with you Phyllis. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Deepest sympathies to the Family. Phyllis made the whole room brighter when she entered with her smile and her great laugh. She was a lovely lady

    God bless her memory.

    Rosalee Trom Forkner

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