Mayme C. Simon, 93

Mayme C. Simon, age 93, of New Prague, formerly of Lonsdale, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center.  Mayme was born on November 5, 1924 in Rice County to Frank and Julia (Sticha) Bilek.  She grew up in the rural Montgomery area and attended Rice County District School.  She married Frank W. Simon in September 1943 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery. The couple made their home and raised their five children on a farm west of New Market.  Mayme had a strong work ethic and in addition to being a dedicated homemaker, she also did factory work at Green Giant in Montgomery and Menasha in Lakeville.  She was a gifted baker and cook, loved to garden both vegetables and flowers and sold the fruits of her table and gardens at local Farmers’ Markets.  She loved animals, even so far as a pet pheasant, for which she made daily macaroni snacks!  She loved to dance and sing Czech music and was a member of the Montgomery Czech Singers; residents at Mala Strana enjoyed her gifted music on the harmonica.  She was artistic, creating beautifully painted crafts on a multitude of items, including saws.  Time with her large family was, however, one of her greatest joys.

Mayme is survived by her children, Frank (Bev) Simon of Chaska, Marlene (Ray) Simon of Northfield, Carol (Myron) Tupy of New Prague, Lori (Larry) Majerus of St. Bonifacius, Luanne Simon (Doug Shepherd) of Faribault; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank W. Simon on April 6, 2002; parents, Frank & Julia Bilek and brother, George Bilek.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 9, 2018, at 10:00 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Kevin Clinton and Deacon Bob Wagner officiating.  Visitation will take place Thursday from 4-8 PM and Friday morning from 7:30 – 9:30 at Bruzek Funeral Home.  Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Lonsdale following the lunch at the KC Hall in New Prague.

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