Vivian Faye (Huber) Simonsen, age 87, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
Funeral Services will be 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Pastor Mark Ostrem officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Vivian's grandsons: Joseph Simonsen, Jeffrey Simonsen, Barry Simonsen, Charles Simonsen, Craig Rye and Terry Rye. Honorary pallbearers are her granddaughters: Cori Moser, Jennifer Eickhoff, Sara Braxton, Karli Rye, Jennifer Williams, and Kristen Plank.
Vivian Faye (Huber) Simonsen was born December 24, 1927 to Charles A. and Hazel (Anderson) Huber in Yankton, South Dakota. Vivian, the second of four children, joined her older sister, Fern and was later joined by a sister, Bernice and a brother, Duane. She grew up on the family farm north of Yankton, attended country school north of Yankton and graduating from Yankton High School. Vivian married the love of her life, Wilbert "Willie" Simonsen on February 7, 1946 at the Congregational Church in Yankton. To this union of over 55 years, four children were born: Don, Bob, Russ and Sherry. Viv and Willie farmed and raised their family in the Mayfield area for over 52 years, only moving to Yankton after Willie suffered a stroke in 1997 and retired. Vivian worked for Gurney's Seed and Nursery in Yankton for over 30 years, retiring when Gurney's was sold and closed in 2000.
Viv and Willie had a love for dancing. They could often be found at the Moose Lodge in Yankton, sharing good times with family and friends, dancing many polkas and waltz's. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in rural Irene, South Dakota, the VFW Auxiliary, and the Women of the Moose in Yankton. Viv loved to play bingo, put puzzles together, and watch Tiger Woods play golf until her struggle with Alzheimers made enjoying even these simple things too much for her. Vivian moved to Autumn Winds Assisted Living in Yankton in April of 2012 and resided there until making the move to Avera Sister James Nursing Home in Yankton in November of 2014.
Vivian loved her family and especially her husband, Willie. After Willie died on September 15, 2001, Viv decided if he couldn't dance anymore, neither would she. There is great comfort in knowing that Vivian is now in heaven with not only her Lord, but with Willie, full of smiles and dancing to their hearts content.
Survivors include her four children: Donald (Lynette) Simonsen of Rapid City, South Dakota; Robert (Corliss) Simonsen of Yankton; Russell (Lori) Simonsen of Yankton; and Sheryl (David) Rye of Irene, South Dakota; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Jackie Simonsen of Yankton and Betty Stuen of Rockford, Illinois; brother-in-law, Marvin Wilcox of Yankton; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willie; two sisters, Fern Rempp and Bernice Connell; brother, Duane Huber; six sisters-in-law: Inez Simonsen, Dorothy Simonsen, Midge Simonsen, Marge Simonsen, Esther Wilcox, and Doris Huber; seven brothers-in-law: Chris Simonsen, Gilbert Simonsen, Jens Simonsen, Oscar Simonsen, Henry Simonsen, Glenn Connell and Phil Rempp.
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Words however kind, can't take away the pain you are feeling today, but please find comfort and peace of mind knowing that those who care and love you share in your loss. Our thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt sympathy are with you Russ and Lori...the entire Simonsen family.
Jeff, Judi, Joe, and Aubrey
Our thoughts and prayers go out the the family. Find comfort in knowing that she now joins Willie and is dancing away. Keep the good thoughts and memories close.
Thinking of you and wishing you strength and comfort in the days ahead. Our thought, prayers and heartfelt sympathy are with you Sherry and Family
Rodney and Kathy Lentz
So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom, may you find comfort in the many happy memories you shared and knowing she is with Willie dancing the night away.
Mary and Dave Kirschenman
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