Wilma L. Simich-Furbee
89, of Massillon, passed away Thursday morning, April 4, 2013. Born May 2, 1923, in Dover, Ohio, a daughter to the late George and Theresa (Russell, nee Rustoff) Wincek, Wilma was one of 16 children. Prior to marriage, during World War II, she worked at the Timken Co. Following her marriage to her first husband, Mike Simich, she became a regional sales manager for the former Beeline Women's Fashions. Wilma was a hard worker who was seldom at a loss for something to do especially as she combined her family and her career. When she could, she enjoyed spending time with her husband and children in the peace and quiet of the family cottage near Minerva.
Preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Mike Simich in 1983, and Alex W. Furbee in 2011; a daughter, Carol S. 'Sue' (Bob) Ehmer; an infant grandson, Mikel P. King; son-in-law, Gary L. Lamm; brothers, John, George Jr., Steve, Mike, Frank, Rudy, Charles, Walter and Alvin Wincek; and sisters, Mary Hershey, Katie Juersivich and Betty Barnes. Wilma is survived by her daughter, Wanda L. Simich-Lamm, of Massillon; a stepson, Donald W. (JoAnn) Furbee, of Missouri; grandsons, Shawn Simmons, Shannon L. (Krysta) Simmons and Mikel (Megan) Lamm; great-grandchildren, Xander Shannon Simmons, Haley Jo Michelle Lamm and Kelsey Cheyenne Lamm. There are also five step-grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren, two step-great-great-grandchildren and her sisters, Anna Wuscinich, Helen McFarren and Frances Hoffman.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday morning, April 13, 2013, at Atkinson Feucht Hare Funeral Home in Massillon. Pastor Julia Wertz will officiate. Entombment will follow in North Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum in Canton. Family and friends may call at the funeral home Friday, April 12, 2013, from 4-7 p.m. Special thanks are extended to the staff of Mercy Hospice and Hanover House, Inc., for the professional and compassionate care Wilma and her family received. Likewise, memorial contributions in Wilma's name made be made in care of the Youth Group at First United Methodist Church of Massillon. To share a memory and sign the on-line guest book, please visit,
Published in The Repository on Apr. 9, 2013