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.