Lillian SIMONSON

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Lillian Simonson (nee Antonovich)
January 21, 1927 – April 22, 2014
Lillian (Lupka) Simonson wanted to be a mother. That was her dream, her only dream, and that she did. However, that dream and infinite love for her five children Darrel, Van, Valerie, Terry and Laura, and her husband and best friend of over 60 years, the late Victor Simonson, were not her only accomplishments – there were countless 'everyday', extraordinary accomplishments that touched many lives. 'Lil' was known in her Saskatoon (Ave N South - Riversdale) community, at extended family gatherings and at her workplaces as the beautiful, smiling, socialite ensuring everyone, in any room, were happy, comfortable, introduced and of course, well fed…very well fed. Her deep-rooted, Ukrainian-Russian heritage ensured 'food and love' were served together at all times. Born in the original St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon over 87 years ago to Russian immigrants, Anton and Maria Antonovich, and older sister to brother Tony, Lil was taught the values of family togetherness and respect, which she continued to share everyday with her children and in her loving relationship with Vic. It was during her first job as a secretary and clerk for Northern Distributors that destiny played a hand by introducing her to Vic, who was a truck driver for the same company. Vic was unabashed and shared often that after he first saw Lil's legs as he walked up the stairs to the office – he knew he was in love. After marrying, Lil was a happy (very busy) stay-at- home Mom caring for Darrel who was 1 and newborn twins Van and Valerie. Later after all five children were a bit older and with Baba Antonovich as the children's loving sitter, she ventured back to part-time work at Emco Finer Foods and then eventually enjoyed a long-term, full time career as a bookkeeping clerk with the Public Works of Canada until her retirement. Three of Lil's loves were her flair for fashion, passion for dancing in her younger years and gardening. Her favourite memories were dancing at the Bessborough and other dance halls such as Manitou Beach where she was celebrated as one of the best 'jive' dancers. During one of her summer trips to Manitou, she was crowned Miss Manitou Beach Beauty Princess, an honour and recognition she deeply cherished. For her wedding, she had both her wedding dress and 'mauve' honeymoon going away outfit, specially designed and handmade, as were most of her many, many outfits for dance and work. Her love for fashion was evident even during her last few weeks, where she always wanted to wear one of her favourite purple blouses or sweaters coupled with matching jewelry, always. She has inspired many shopping trips for many women! Her gorgeous flower gardens were filled with purple and yellow pansies, begonias, marigolds, sweet peas, baby's breath, orange lilies and ferns. The meticulously planned vegetable gardens that were tilled, planted and lovingly grown by her and Vic created a bounty of delicious meals for many months, year after year. Lillian is survived by her five (very grateful) children Darrel (Estephany) Simonson, Van (Connie) Simonson, Valerie Simonson, Terry (Angie Rhodes) Simonson and Laura Simonson (Gord Espeseth). Her dream to be a 'Just a Mom' and to have a big family has grown beyond her expectations to grandchildren–Darrel's family:Jason, Shaun, Tony, Miguel, Manuel, Elizabeth, Lissette, Nepo and Yessica–Van's family:Amanda, Ashlee and Janai –Terry's family: Christopher, Jessica, Darius and Brittany; and 11 great- grandchildren. Lillian Simonson, your presence, shining smile, love and friendship will, without a doubt, be forever missed and cherished. Your life long passion to give, share and inspire happiness in each life you touched was a testament to GOD's magnificent love in action. Thank you for being our precious Mom, Baba Lupka, Grandma, Auntie, Sister and Friend. May you be cradled in GOD's arms and carried on Angel's wings to eternal happiness and heavenly bliss, forever. (GOD Bless) and Om Shanti. The Memorial Service will be held at Park Funeral Chapel (311 Third Avenue North, Saskatoon) on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. officiated by Pastor Boyd Moldner. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lillian Simonson would be gratefully accepted by: Jubilee Residences Foundation, Stensrud Lodge, 2202 McEown Avenue, Saskatoon, SK S7J 3L6 Phone: 306 955-0234. www.jubileeresidences.ca. The Stensrud Lodge staff performed daily miracles for our precious mother; thank you from the depth of our hearts. To send online condolences, visit www.parkfuneral.ca "Obituaries & Tributes". Arrangements entrusted to Kenneth J. Scheirich, Park Funeral Chapel, 306.244.2103.

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Saskatoon, SK S7K 2H9
(306) 244-2103
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Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Apr. 23 to Apr. 29, 2014
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