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Deborah Kay (Roes) Simonson

November 27, 1952 - February 24, 2020

Celebration of Life Service - Wednesday

March 04, 2020
- 2:00 PM with a visitation one hour prior

Boulger Funeral Home


Boulger Funeral Home

Deborah Kay (Roes) Simonson

November 27, 1952 - February 24, 2020


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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24 responses to “Deborah Kay (Roes) Simonson”

  1. Randy Owens says:

    Deb, you were a ray of Sunshine, always pleasant. You will be missed. Love you, RIP.

  2. Trina Thompson says:

    Deb will be dearly missed along with her smile. My deepest sympathies to Bernie and family. Love Boog.

  3. Deion and Dorey says:

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

    With Love,

    Deion and Dorey

  4. Diane and Karen Bolgrean says:

    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.

  5. Kathy Gillerstein Morken says:

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

  6. Kurt & Tracy says:

    Rest in peace Deb. You will be missed!

  7. Rita Simonson says:

    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.

  8. Greg Anderson says:

    So sorry for your loss. May God be with you all, during this time of sorrow and loss.

  9. Deke and Cheryl Diegal says:

    Our sincere sympathy to Bernie and family.

  10. Gregg Eskelson [geno] says:

    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

  11. Lisa Gebeke says:

    Rest In Peace my friend. I will hold the memories I have with you close and dear to my heart. ❤️

  12. Pamela and Bert Nelson says:

    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.

  13. Paul Roes says:

    I can’t believe she is gone! There is an empty ache in my heart. Sincere condolences from the home farm.

  14. Bill and Linda killoran says:

    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.

  15. Dee (Berg) Garlock says:

    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.

  16. Rick Kuske says:

    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 🙏

  17. Randy Owens says:

    love you Deb, Rest In Peace

  18. Marsha Dahl says:

    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.

  19. Sonny and Cheri says:

    So sorry for your loss Bernie and family thoughts and prayers from us

  20. Ellen Owens-Hauser says:

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

  21. Myron Weltikol says:

    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.

  22. Jon & Shelly Fields says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family…God Bless.

  23. Dave and Laura wambach says:

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

  24. Paulette Carlson says:

    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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