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Patsy Simmermacher

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Patsy Simmermacher Obituary
Simmermacher, Patsy G.

Pat Simmermacher, 78, beloved sister and aunt, died peacefully on December 10 of complications from a very long battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Pat was born December 29, 1937 in Denver, CO. She spent her childhood in Pueblo, CO where she attended Central High School. After graduating from the University of Denver Pat worked as an Administrative Assistant for an oil company in Denver. She later moved to Albuquerque, NM where she taught school in New Laguna, worked at the Job Corps, and later taught typing and shorthand at Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute. Some of her students continued to keep in touch with Pat throughout the years.

Through all her trials Pat always had a smile on her face. She was determined to face her illness head on. Before Pat was diagnosed with RA, she was an avid walker and would walk multiple miles every day â€" always so fast it was hard to keep up with her. Even after her diagnosis and progression of RA, Pat walked as often, and as well as, she could. As her RA progressed the last couple of years, she would teasingly say she was going out for her "hobble". And it was a fast hobble!

Pat met her husband, Don Simmermacher, in Albuquerque. They were married in April 1974. During their 39 years together, Pat and Don enjoyed long (very fast) walks daily, rode their bicycles, and when they retired, managed to squeeze in some travel time.

Pat and Don moved to Boise in 2012 to be near Pat's only family - her sister, Karyl, and nieces, Kelly and Kacy, and their families. Pat was adored by her family. She was game for anything, and she took full advantage of being in Boise and participating in or spectating at any event in which Kelly, Kacy or their children were involved.

Pat was not "Aunt Pat" to Kelly and Kacy. She was "Big Dutch"; sometimes shortened to "Big D". It was a nickname that began when Kelly was about two years old. Kelly's and Kacy's kids all called her Big Dutch or Great Big Dutch and, to one great-nephew, she was Big Up Dutch.

Pat never met a stranger. In her short time in Boise, Pat made numerous friends at her residence, Brookdale Independent Living Community, through her Gamma Phi Beta alumni group, several bridge groups and other family friends. Pat was always on the go. She played bridge a couple of times each week, she participated in a Fit and Fall class, she loved to go out to lunch and dinner, and she especially loved Boise State basketball.

Pat is survived by her sister, Karyl Hayden, her nieces and their families, Kelly and Murray Lodge, William, Henry and Thomas; Kacy and Eric Berliner, Ruby, Leo, John, and Ben; as well as Don's children, Kaye Schroeder, Kim Anderson, Theresa Canter, Paul Simmermacher, Kelly Schertler, and their families.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Ruby and Henry Gilmore, her husband, Don, and his oldest son, Steve.

We will miss her optimism, determination and smiling face.

A final farewell to Pat will be held for family and friends at Hillcrest Country Club (4610 Hillcrest Drive, Boise) on Wednesday, December 21, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Dec. 18, 2016
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