Rosalie Simons

Rosalie Ellen Simons

August 14, 1930 - June 22, 2020
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Rosalie Ellen (Fenner) Simons was born August 14, 1930, at the modest family home in Dalzell, SD. She was the fourth of five children born to Jake and Iris Fenner. She attended grade school through the eighth grade at the Dalzell School. Rosalie went on to graduate from Sturgis High School in May of 1948.
On October 31, 1948, she was united in marriage to Vern Simons. Vern passed away on May 4, 2018, a few short months prior to their 70th wedding anniversary.
They made their home on the family ranch near Marcus, SD, for the next 14 years. Their first child, Loretta Sue, was born July 24, 1949, and passed away on July 25, 1949. On October 14, 1954, they were blessed with the arrival of Jeffrey Evan and then baby sister, Juanita Lue, on January 31, 1957. Jeff died in a tragic automobile accident on July 18, 1972.
In September of 1962, they bought the Red Owl Store at Red Owl, SD. The family moved there and operated the store and Post Office until 1994. The couple moved to Sturgis and entered another venture; that of making a home away from home for their high school-aged grandchildren, plus a few others.
Rosalie became active in the Presbyterian Church and Ladies’ Circle. In addition to other activities, they enjoyed card playing, dancing, and square dancing for many years.
Rosalie was a member of the Marcus Presbyterian Church and a participating nonmember of the Sturgis Presbyterian Church until moving to Rapid City in April of 2019.
Rosalie passed away at the Westhills Village Health Care Facility on Monday, June 22, 2020.
Rosalie is survived and will be missed greatly by her daughter, Juanita Delbridge; grandchildren, Kendra (Justin) Hanks and their children, Jae, Karie, and Jarren, Shane (Randi) Delbridge and their children, Connor, Dillon, and Adalynn, Chet (Emily) Delbridge and their children, Clara and Ty, and Kelsey (SMSgt. Will) Dominguez and their children, Cristian, Tucker, Aziah, and Joey; sister, Lila Mae (Sonny) Sorenson; several nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-laws; and a host of extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern; daughter, Loretta; son, Jeff; son-in-law, Lyle Delbridge; her parents, Jake and Iris Fenner; sisters and brothers-in-law, Polly (Claus) Bruse and Harriet (Dick) Wittmayer; brother and sister-in-law, Clifford (Pat) Fenner; and several nieces, nephews, and brothers and sisters-in-law.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Private family services will be held on Monday, June 29, 2020. Inurnment will follow Bear Butte Cemetery. A live stream of the service may be watched on Kinkade Funeral Chapel’s Facebook page at 2:00 p.m.
Memorials have been established to the Marcus Presbyterian Church and the Red Owl Hall.
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  • Visitation

    June 28, 2020 | 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    June 28, 2020 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Private Family Memorial Service

    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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    To Be Live Streamed On Facebook
    Pastor Harold Delbridge


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David and Edith (Ondriezek) Adams

Posted at 12:58pm
We wanted to do a living tribute to a lady who loved living things and beauty. With sympathy and love we do this small tribute to a special woman.
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Jessie Hoff

Posted at 11:47am
So sorry to hear about Rosalie's passing. She was always so nice when I would see her in the Clinic for her lab draws. Always wanting to know how my family and I were doing and catching up. She will be missed!

Sam Cordes

Posted at 11:34pm
When Rosalie was in high school she would visit my older sisters and always spend time with me: talking, teasing, and dancing. I loved her visits and those times. In later years when I was in Sturgis I saw her occasionally; and if I was lucky it might have been on a day when she had baked cinnamon rolls! They were the best. She was such a pleasant, caring, and warm person. The world needs more people like her.

Edith Adams

Posted at 12:15pm
Our prayers are with you. Rosalie was a dear friend and special lady. From the time I first met her and Vern in 1970, she treated me like family. Her special care and love were, no doubt, felt by so many. May GOD bless each of her loved ones with His strength and comfort. David and Edie (Ondriezek) Adams

Marilyn Huston-Engle

Posted at 09:10pm
Juanita and family I am sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of your Rosalie at the Red Owl Store. Sending prayers
Marilyn Huston-Engle

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