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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Wilma A. Simon, 99, of Jefferson Township, died at 1 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012, at Renaissance Village where she was admitted Thursday.
She was born July 9, 1912, in Huntington County, a daughter of William E. and Zelma (Bolinger) Blaugh.
Her formative years were spent in Washington Township, where she attended the first eight years of school at 9 & 14.
Her family then moved to Roanoke and she graduated from Roanoke High School in 1930.
On Dec. 30, 1933, she was united in marriage to Russel M. Simon.
They made their home in Fort Wayne until 1936, when they moved to Roanoke.
In 1955 they moved to a farm in Jefferson Township where they both actively engaged in livestock and grain farming.
Following Russelâ€™s death on Feb. 3, 1991, Wilma continued to maintain the farm.
She was a member of Jefferson Chapel United Methodist Church, Friends & Neighbors Club and Jefferson Extension Homemakers Club where she served as treasurer.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, Kenlynn (Kent) Stickler of Fort Wayne and Norma (Pete) Frauhiger of Roanoke; four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, Lana Zylka and her children, Nick, Alex and Anna Karasek and Madison Zylka; Gregory (Connie) Stickler and their sons, Ryan and Matt Stickler; Shannon (Todd) Clark and their children, Hannah, Noah and Elizabeth Clark; and Shelby (Kent) Longenbaugh and their children, Jackson, Brooks and Jensyn Longenbaugh.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Garl E. Norris and Billy Wayne Norris; and two sisters, Donna Nix and Betty Rayl.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Roanoke. The visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Riley Childrenâ€™s Hospital or Jefferson Chapel United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.