Karen Elizabeth Simmers

October 16, 1947 ‒ September 01, 2018

Casa Grande, Arizona
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Karen Elizabeth Simmers (Jogeese); passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at her home in Casa Grande, AZ. She was born October 16, 1947, in Passaic, NJ, to her parents Benedict “Vic” and Bernadette “Dette” (Schultz) Jogeese. She and her sisters grew-up in Maywood, New Jersey.  She moved to Ohio in the late 60’s; where she soon met her late-husband Bill and raised their three children in Claridon, Ohio.  She had a great love for nature and big heart for animals.  Her biggest love was dancing with Bill.  Later, she worked for GTE/Verizon in Marion, Ohio.  After her husband’s passing; she moved and resided in Casa Grande, AZ for the past 20 years.  Karen truly lived life through simple pleasures; chatting with friends and family and spending time with her pets.

Karen will be dearly missed by daughters Angie (Chris) Hatfield of Delaware and Barb Fisher of Medina; son Bill Simmers of Marion; grandchildren Kailee (Mike) Stone, John Dowell, Greg, Devon, Brandon and Luke Fisher, and Paige Simmers; great-grandson Braylon Stone and blessed with another great-grandson expected in January 2019; her sister Carole Cottom of Punta Gorda, Florida; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 30 years William “Bill” Simmers, her parents Benedict “Vic” and Bernadette “Dette” (Schultz) Jogeese; her sisters, Sr. Gail Jogeese and Jean Richardson; and grandson Derrick M Fisher.

Family and friends will meet at 10 am on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the Claridon Cemetery, 5001 Marion-Mt Gilead Rd, Claridon, Ohio for a graveside serve.  Following the service, family, friends, and others whose lives Karen touched are invited to the Whetstone Country Club, 5211 Marion-Mt Gilead Rd (SR 95), Caledonia, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm to share in a “Celebration of Her Life.”

The family respectfully asks that in lieu of flowers; memorials may be made in Karen’s name to: Snyder Funeral Homes, 347 W Center St, Marion, OH 43302. Family may be reached: “Family of Karen Simmers” PO Box 1568, Medina, OH 44258.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Karen’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Pray for comfort and strength. With sincere sympathy.

  • To the family of Karen Simmers:
    The love between your family is something to be praised. Between the good times and bad you always stuck together. Mom loved you all and always spoke highly of you all, from sister, kids, grandkids, and extended family.
    May you all find peace in her love and God’s love for all. Sr. Gail has another of the family to take care and pray for the ones left.

  • I’ve known Karen since she graduated High School in New Jersey. Her loving personality touched many hearts, including mine. She was part of a small group of friends who were very close. Unfortunately that small group was scattered by the conflict in Viet Nam and some, like myself went different ways. Many years passed before Karen and I found each other again. Our friendship picked up right where we left off almost 50 years prior. We share family pictures and chatted on social media, remembering old times and friends, some of who had already passed. Searching the internet, we were able to find our friends children and rekindled old friendships through their children. I know that many will miss her and rest in the comfort that Karen is in the arms of Jesus. I pray that her family will find the peace and comfort that only God can give. Karen, I will miss you.

  • So many wonderful memories with Karen. Her husband Bill and my family owned a machine shop (W/S Machine) where Karen worked for a while. We would visit frequently at our home or theirs. She gave me a note a few years back that I had wrote her when I was around five years old. My Father enjoyed gardening with her and Uncle Bill as well. Our condolences to all of the Family. You are in our thoughts and Prayers for comfort.

  • I’ve known Karen for many years and her husband bill they both couple I remember the line dances at 7201 great people both now will be sadly missed Ralph petty- past Commander 7201 Marion

  • So sorry to hear that Karen passed on. We were childhood friends in Maywood and lost touch when families moved. Her parents were my godparents. My sympathies to her family.

  • She will be sadly missed.We had alot of great times and was so glad we kept in touch after she moved.Her and Bill are together again.So sorry about your loss.

  • Karen and I grew up in Maywood, NJ. We were close friends throughout grade school. We reconnected several years ago and it was wonderful to share our memories again. I will always miss her. My sympathies to her children and her sister Carole.

  • Karen was a wonderful lady. We had wonderful times together. She will be so missed. So sorry for your loss.

  • My heart is sad today. I started my new job at GTE with Karen. She was such a joy. My prayers are for her family.
    Sue Bloom

  • Dave and I are shocked and saddened beyond words! Dave and Bill were best friends in school together. We spent many, many years of our early married lives with your parents and you three kids. We had so many good times together. Her love for Bill was so deep and faithful. I’m sure they are both happy TOGETHER!
    So sorry for your loss, sending our thoughts and prayers to you, Billy, Angie, and the rest of the family.

  • With deepest condolences to Karen’s family. I met her at GTE and kept up with her after she moved Arizona on Facebook she was a wonderful lady.

  • To the Simmers’ family and friends, so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. My sincere condolences for your loss. May God be with you and strengthen you during this difficult time. Find comfort in God’s promise to see our loved ones again at John 5:28,29. Please cherish your many fond memories.

  • My sincerest condolences to the family Karen was the most wonderful person I’ve ever known her dream was to move to Arizona and work with animals and I am so happy she got to do that we both ended up working together for years at the valley humane society in Case Grande AZ .
    We and the animals will miss her dearly but God has received a special sole in heaven with her beloved Bill she cried every aniversery of his passing.
    I hope to meet up with them again God bless all affected .
    R.I.P Karen