Lu (Grote) Simon

Jan 21, 2013

Lu (Grote) Simon passed away peacefully Jan. 21, 2013, in University of Toledo Medical Center due to complications from a fall.

Lu was born Feb. 28, 1921, in Green Springs, daughter of the late Harry and Dorothy (Slaymaker) Grote.

Lu was a 1939 graduate of Bellevue High School. She married Wilbur Simon in 1942. Lu was one of the first women to enlist in the Women Marines in 1943. She was stationed in Arlington, Va., Chicago and Quantico, Va. She later worked at the Milan Public Library and became co-director. In 2005 she was co-named Citizen of the Year by the Milan Chamber of Commerce. 

Lu was a member of the Edison United Methodist Church, the Monday Morning Church Sewing Group, the Civil War Round Table, and was a volunteer at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center helping with research. She was a charter member of The Women in Military Service for America Memorial, and a Lifetime Member of the Marine Corps League. 

Lu had a wonderful and very active life, she will be greatly missed.

Lu is survived by her daughter, Marie (John) Blackburn, of Englewood; her son, Hal (Marty) Simon, of Milan; grandchildren, Amy (William) Spoerner, of Fishers, Ind., Lisa (Sean) Masters, of Yorktown, Ind., John Blackburn of Englewood, Ohio; great grandchildren McKenzie, Morgan, and Cabe Masters of Yorktown, Emily Spoerner of Fishers; brother Gene (Betty) Grote of Bellevue; brother in law, Norb (Janice) Simon of Norwalk; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Lu was preceded in death by her husband Wilbur; infant daughter, Karen; brother, Ted Grote; and her sister-in-law, Marna Grote.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, until funeral service at 1 p.m. at Edison Memorial United Methodist Church, 10 E. Church St., Milan. Burial will be in Milan Cemetery.

Those wishing to contribute to Lu’s memory may do so to the Milan Public Library Geneology Department, 19 E. Church St., Milan, OH 44846; or to Edison Memorial United Methodist Church, 10 E. Church St., Milan, OH 44846.

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