Louise E. Simmons, a long-time resident of LaFargeville, died Jan. 1, at the Samaritan Keep Nursing Home in Watertown. She was 90.
Mrs. Simmons was a well-known figure in LaFargeville, having served for many years as the district clerk at LaFargeville Central School, which was just across the street from her home on Sunrise Avenue. In her more than 20 years as clerk, Mrs. Simmons was such a fixture at the school the family dog had a bed under the desk in her office.
She was born Feb. 28, 1927, to Benjamin Alvaro and Fern Hoyt Garner of De La Farge Corners. The family later moved to nearby LaFargeville, where she graduated from the central school as valedictorian in 1944. She later attended the Watertown School of Commerce and worked in a series of administrative jobs for the New York Air Brake, National Biscuit, Prudential Insurance and a family counseling organization before taking on her role at the school district in the early 1960s. She retired in 1988.
She married Robert Simmons, of Theresa, on Oct. 23, 1948, also in LaFargeville. The couple were members of the LaFargeville United Methodist Church, where Mrs. Simmons sang in the choir. They were also active in the local American Legion post and a variety of other civic and social organizations.
In their retirement, the couple moved from LaFargeville to Fishers Landing and later to Watertown. They spent many winters during their retirement years in Florida, and enjoyed ballroom dancing and traveling, the latter often in pursuit of a dancing opportunity. They almost never missed the weekly seniors dances held at the State Office Building in Watertown.
Mr. Simmons, a World War II Navy veteran and a Jefferson County Probation Department officer and supervisor for more than 30 years, predeceased his wife in 2010.
Mrs. Simmons is survived by her son, Michael, and his wife, Ann Marie, of Clayton, and by her daughter, Cindy, and husband, James Kennedy, of Pleasantville, New York. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Matthew Simmons, Megan Simmons Geng, Mark Simmons, Elizabeth Kennedy and Meredith Kennedy; as well as three great grandchildren.
Calling hours and a memorial celebration of Mrs. Simmons' life will be held later this summer. Arrangements are with Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa. Condolences may be expressed online at the funeral home's website, www.frederickbrosfuneralhome.com.
Donations in Mrs. Simmons' memory may be made to the Eighth Floor Residents Fund, Samaritan Keep Home, 133 Pratt St., Watertown, NY, 13601, or to the Klock Smith American Legion Post 1788, P.O. Box 159, LaFargeville, NY, 13656.
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