Elaine Simons obituary (2022) – Swampscott, MA
1926 – 2022
Swampscott – Elaine Sylvia Simons, of Peabody, formerly of Swampscott and Lake Worth, Fla. Entered rest on January 9, 2022 at the age of 95. Beloved wife of the late Shepherd Simons, Elaine was the devoted mother of Bill Simons and his wife Nancy Simons of Oneonta, New York and Jo Ann Simons and her husband, Chet Derr of Swampscott. She was the beloved sister of the late Lucille (Kahan) Benson and her late husband, Benjamin; beloved grandmother of Jonathan Derr, Emily Derr and her husband, Brent Markus, and Joseph Simons and his wife, Lynette; and adored great-grandmother of Lily, Hannah, Isaac and Daniel Simons and Nathan, Asher and Cooper Markus. She also leaves behind her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Alan and Sheila Simons, as well as several nieces and nephews. When her first grandchild, Jonathan, was born with Down syndrome, Elaine became a critical and important part of her life and her success in becoming independent.
Elaine was born on September 6, 1926 to Samuel Kahan and his dear wife, Zelda (Fein) in New York City. Elaine lived in many different cities across the country before settling in Beachmont. After graduating from Revere High School, and during World War II, she worked at the South Boston Naval Annex. When the war ended, Elaine worked for Combined Jewish Philanthropies and began a lifelong commitment to the Jewish community.
In 1948, she met a young and handsome Army veteran, Shepherd Simons, on a blind date arranged by friends. They married 12 weeks later and lived almost 69 years of marriage. At key intervals, Elaine helped her husband in the family business, Simons Shoes, then Simons Uniforms in Lynn.
She and her husband were original members of Temple Emanuel and leaders in establishing the relocation of the Lynn Jewish Community Center to Marblehead. She was the first woman elected to be vice-president of the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation of the North Shore. She has spent hours as a speaker raising funds for the campaign for the JCC’s Marblehead installation. Elaine was also president of the Swampscott-Marblehead chapter of B’nai B’rith.
She was devoted to exercise and her pace of long walks along the beaches of Swampscott / Lynn and in Florida was difficult to follow. Before spending their winters in Florida, Elaine and Shep traveled extensively, including several trips to Israel, where she kept cool when mortar fire rocked her bus. She was a dedicated and passionate bridge player and Shep and she enjoyed many years of golf as a member of the Kernwood Country Club in Salem and the Fountains Country Club in Lake Worth, Florida. Still truthful reader, she read 4-5 books a week during COVID.
Throughout her life in Swampscott, Florida, and in her last home in Brooksby Village, she was always surrounded by a large group of friends. We are grateful for the loving care she received in her later years by Sakina Akoush and for recent support from Care Dimensions.
His family, friends and ties to the community will always be part of his lasting legacy.
Service Information: Services will be held at the Brooksby Village Chapel at 100 Brooksby Village Dr, Peabody, MA 01960 at 12:00 PM on Wednesday January 12, 2022. For those joining virtually, please see the Obituary for Elaine on the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel website. Interment will follow at Temple Emanu-El Memorial Park, Danvers. Commemorative celebration after the internment from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Spinelli’s at 10 Newbury St, Peabody, MA 01960. COVID restrictions will be observed and all will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing. In lieu of flowers, an expression of sympathy in her memory can be sent to the Simons-Derr Inclusion Fund at the Center communautaire juif de la Rive-Nord, 1, community road, Marblehead, MA or by visiting https: // jccns. org / donate /
Posted by Daily Item on January 11, 2022.