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Rose Rita Simon

Visitation:  Friday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. to noon  Funeral:  Friday, Jan. 29, at 12:30 p.m.  Location: Zion Faith Home in Zion, IL

Rose Rita Simon entered her eternal reward on January 22, 2021. She passed away at her home in Zion, IL after a brave battle with cancer.
Rose was born on March 17, 1950, during a daytime snowstorm in Ashford to her loving parents, Benno and Laurine Stoffel Simon. She attended grades 1 through 8 at St. Martin’s Catholic School in Ashford. She was a graduate of Lomira High School and attended Dodge County Teacher’s College in Mayville.
Upon graduation she taught at St. Peter’s Catholic School in Port Washington for three years. She then obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Education at Evangel College of the Assemblies of God in Springfield, MO.
Rose spent her entire life caring for and sharing Jesus’ message of love to all that she met. She didn’t want anyone to face an eternity outside of Christ. This began in her twenties, when at 27 she went to Wiesbaden, Germany to work with the U.S. G.I.s at a Teen Challenge Center.
Upon her return, Rose taught at a Christian School in Boston, MA.
In 1980 Rose found her home with the Zion Faith Homes, where she completed her ministerial training and became a staff member in 1982. She was ordained to the ministry in 1987 and she remained a minister until her retirement in 2020.
Rose’s joy was contagious and she lived life to the fullest. Her great love for the Lord was an inspiration to everyone she met. She was a mentor and friend to so many over the years. She is grammy to some, Aunty Rose to others and trusted co-worker to many. She will be missed greatly.
Rose is survived by her loving siblings, Patricia Simon of Oshkosh, Philip (Diane) Simon of Fond du Lac, Frank (Betsy) Simon of Mayville, Tom (Sharon) Simon of Port Angeles, WA, Lucille Simon of Israel, Bob (Debbie) Simon of South Byron, and Clare (Nusrat) Hussain of Islip, NY. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Robin O’Brien of Appleton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Barbara (Stan) Guthrie, Norman Simon and infant brother, Gerard. She is further survived by many adoring nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
There will be a visitation for Rose from 11:00 a.m. until 12 noon, on Friday, Jan. 29, at the Zion Faith Homes, 2820 Eshcol Ave., Zion, IL.
Funeral service will be at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, at the Zion Faith Homes. Please adhere to Covid-19 restrictions. The funeral service will be live streamed through Congdon Funeral Home website. Please sign the online guest book at
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me. John 14:6