Laura Simeri
Sommerfield Chapel
15 North Barton Street
New Buffalo, MI
Laura Simeri

Feb. 14, 1955 - May 18, 2016

NEW BUFFALO - On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, Laura Simeri left our world. After an eight month battle with cancer, my beautiful mother decided it was time to go visit her brother and her father at the Great Nicola's in the sky. My mother was the toughest, most wonderful person I have ever known. No one could ever hope to have a better mother. A single parent and solo business owner, my mother was as busy as she could be. Yet she never missed a ball game or play. She was always there for me and for all of us when we needed her to be. In times of turmoil, it was her voice that rose above all the rest to guide us back to where we needed to be. My mother was the person a whole community turned to for honest advice and the more than frequent kick in the rear end. What hurts the most is knowing we can no longer stop by downtown to get an earful of Italian brass from the God-Mother of South Bend. But my mother hasn't truly left us. We still carry her in our hearts. And when we turned to my mother for her advice and guidance, we knew we would be hearing the truth, because my mother was the one who had the strength and love to tell it. But that voice, my mother's voice, is inside all of us. We just have to find the strength ourselves to listen to it, because we have lost our greatest helper. Mother did not wish to have a conventional funeral, big shocker there. My mother was always the type to blaze her own trail. She was no different in this, the end. What she wanted instead was for us to raise our glasses, say her name, and tell stories of her. Lord knows she left us no shortage of stories. So long as we have our stories, we still have our friend, our confidant, our leader, our matron mother. So long as we draw breath, Laura lives within each one of us.

Myself and my family are extremely grateful for everyone that has shown such wonderful support. We are all one big family and will remain that way forever. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sommerfeld Chapel, 15 N. Barton St., New Buffalo, MI.

Laura Lynn Simeri was born on February 14, 1955, in South Bend, the best Valentine gift a parent could hope for, to Nicholas T. and Dema Simeri. Laura was preceded in death by her father, Nicholas T. Simeri (1973) and her beloved brother, Nicholas A. Simeri (2010). She is survived by her cherished son, Dominick Rocco Simeri; her mother, Dema Simeri; and her siblings, Brenda (Jeff) Hinkle, Jill (Larry) Fluke, Holly (Steve) Hubner and Anthony (Kim) Simeri. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, whom she loved like they were her own, Alexander (Madelyn) Lascano, Andrew Lascano, Natalie Simeri, Nicholas C. Simeri, Nicole Simeri, Ashley Simeri and Mindy Wegner; and great-nieces, Olivia Lascano and Gia Simeri. Laura's family also includes Armando Federico, Rosa Federico, and Jose Federico, whom she loved dearly and were an integral part of her life. And of course, her family at the Madison Oyster Bar.

Laura graduated from Andrew Jackson High School where she excelled in musical productions, glee club and choir. She loved to travel, read, garden and was an excellent cook. She loved spending time on the beaches of Lake Michigan. She also had a passion for mentoring young people. She considered everyone her family and would help anyone in need.

Laura's crowning achievement, other than being a wonderful mother, was her success as the owner of the Madison Oyster Bar. She worked her heart and soul out to turn her business into a thriving DTSB attraction. Her quick wit, charm and her love for a good debate kept people coming back. Laura was always entertaining.

In honor of Laura, be kind, forgiving and loving. She'll see you later.

Published by South Bend Tribune on May 24, 2016.
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I read you words about your mother and couldn't agree more that she was a guiding light for many friends and relatives. Every time I stopped by MOB I got a hug and some lively discussion. And I would expect nothing less from you as you continue to learn the business and utilize the life lessons your mother has taught you. She will be missed but remembered by many friends and customers but I have the utmost confidence you will succeed in keeping her legacy going. If there is anything you need you know we will be there for you. God Bless you and I know He has blessed your mother.
Stephen Infalt
June 9, 2016
I first met Laura walking her Boxer in the neighborhood when she was about 8 years old. I watched her grow thru her youth and into womanhood. I observed her mature thru the years. we stayed friends and then became associates in business. She was my customer and never forgot to remind me..." The customer is always right" She will be missed by all who knew her. And may she not be forgotten.
Matt Dee
June 7, 2016
Marq Phillips & Family
June 2, 2016
Dominick, I remember the very old MOB quite fondly, the first one, the second, the third. Your Mother was wonderful and she brought so much joy through her businesses to our community. MOB was the best place in town. I remember you as a young man sitting quietly at MOB while your Mom worked so hard. God Bless you!
Sue Hintz
May 25, 2016
My prayers are with the Simeri family,so sorry for your loss.RIP Laura.
Patricia Simeri
May 25, 2016
Dom, you may not remember me, I was one of the original bartenders at MOB when she first opened. Your words in this obit, brought tears to my eyes. No-one could have said it better than her #1. She loved you more than anything in this world. I loved our talks about you the best. You're right..she always told it like it was..especially about my lack of good choices in men..'stay don't need a man' she always said. I'm beginning to believe her now .:) my prayers and heart go out to you. I can't even imagine your pain.
Melissa Wood
May 24, 2016
Laura and I were classmates. We both attended Alexander Hamilton school in its first year of existence where we were fifth-grade students with Mrs. McKee as our teacher. We also both graduated from Andrew Jackson in 1973, sharing many classes at both schools. I saw her at our 30-year reunion in 2003 and when I heard of the passing of her brother Nick (who was a classmate of my brother as well), I called her to offer my condolences. It seems as if we shared so much together, we were both high-profile South Siders. Thanks for the memories, Laura, you will be missed!
Tim Miller
May 24, 2016
So, very saddened at the loss of our dear friend Laura. We met about 14 yrs ago one afternoon at Madison Oyster Bar...we had a connection that not many people experience...she was one GREAT Lady.....may her family feel comfort and solitude knowing that she still will live on in their hearts as she will in ours. Rest Peacefully in Heaven Dear Friend!!!!
John Riffel and Kathy Tharp
May 24, 2016
Our condolences, Dom, we're very sorry for your loss.

The Eastman-Owsianowski's
Lynn Owsianowski
May 24, 2016
Semeri famiy,was very sad to hear of Laura's passing it's been awhile since I saw her,but l will never forget the good times we shared.She is in good hands now,he will take care of her untill we see her again. RIP MY FRIEND. GOD SPEED TO ALL
Tony wright
May 24, 2016
Very beautifully written piece. I've only had the pleasure of meeting Laura not too long ago. The love that shows from your son is unmeasurable. May you be at peace.
Mary Wright
May 24, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Simeri Family.
Tom & Rose Eslinger
May 24, 2016
Oh, Dom, what a perfect obit for your mom! So well written. Laura was a rock, one of the strongest and most steady, loving and genuine woman I have ever met. Every time I saw her, she greeted me with love and a smile, and took the time to ask me about my life. She always encouraged me to be myself and keep pursuing what I loved. She had an incredible ability to simultaneously tell someone if they needed to shape up and still make them feel loved and encouraged at the same time. Boy, I'll miss that. Her absence leaves such a huge void, I'm praying for you, Dom, I love you! Your mom sure was/is proud of you. Hang in there.
Mary F
May 24, 2016
I have known Laura since Forest G. Hay school and she was always the real deal and she was a wonderful classmate and friend ! My fiancé Debbie Cooper and I visited her a few months ago at the bar and if we had known she was ill would've spent more time with her but I know Laura she wouldn't have had it any other way. Godspeed old friend until we meet again!
Tim Reiter
May 24, 2016
Dom, our heartfelt sorrow in the loss of you mom. We have many wonderful memories of her watching the plays at Washington H.S. Help the person who got in the way of mom watching you, don't block that view! She loves you very much. Laura will be missed. God Bless you, Richard, Nancy & Chris Bakos
Nancy Bakos
May 24, 2016
I am SO very sorry for your loss. I was in a month or so ago asking about her and she was not feeling well. I never imagined this!!!!! All of the wonderful conversations I had with her, she always brought you up and how proud of you she was and how much she loved you!!!! She was a wonderful mother, business owner and friend!
Courtney Harner
May 24, 2016
We send you our heartfelt sympathy in the passing of your mother. God Bless.

The Turner family, Larry Sr., Karen, LT II, and Charity
May 24, 2016
Thoughts and Prayers to the Simeri family. I first met Laura when she was opening the downtown Oyster Bar. She was a pleasure to listen to. She had a knack for running her operation. RIP Laura.
Bill DeLuca
May 24, 2016
Gone but not forgotten. RIP my beautiful friend.
Kalana Fitzsimons
May 24, 2016
Laura will be missed in the community more than anyone realizes. She was always there to give honest and great advice. Whenever I needed someone to talk to and it stay confidential, I knew I could always go to her. May your beautiful soul RIP my friend.
Kalana Fitzsimons
May 24, 2016
I believe that was the most touching obituaries I have ever read. Dominick you described your mother to a "T"! She will be missed by so many family and friends, but her love and joy will be with us all. Thank you for sharing your tribute. I am sure your mother loves it. God Bless you and your entire family. Love you Laura!
Randy & Terri Glenn
May 24, 2016
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