Ellen Lee Simarano, of Concord, MA died peacefully on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln, MA after a short battle with lung cancer, leaving us one day before her 80th birthday. Ellen Frances Lee was born at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA to the late William J. Lee and Elizabeth (Ricker) Lee on January 8, 1941. She grew up in Concord and graduated from Concord High School in 1959. Upon graduation, Ellen attended Western College for Women in Oxford, OH (now part of Miami University) her freshman year. She then returned to Concord and resumed her studies locally, enrolling in classes at Framingham State and Boston University. During that time, her best friend from high school, Nancy (Sikirica) Taylor introduced Ellen to Vincent J. Simarano of Marlboro, MA, owner of Mr. Vincent, a womens fashion shoe store on Main Street in Concord. Ellen and Vincent married on January 20, 1963 and built a home on the water in Marlboro, MA, where they had three children. When Ellen and Vincent subsequently separated, and ultimately divorced, Ellen started working at American Home Toy Parties in Acton, MA. She was later employed at Digital Equipment Corporation, where she worked in Marketing in both the Maynard and Marlboro facilities. Sadly, in 1992 she suffered a series of health issues which were ultimately diagnosed as Lyme disease. Although she would battle the neurological effects of the disease for the rest of her life, Ellen always faced her medical challenges with grace and quiet fortitude. Those close to Ellen knew her as an avid gardener who could often be found spending sunny days puttering away in the planting beds she created at the Lee family home on Barretts Mill Road. Blessed with an intellectual curiosity and love of learning, Ellen found plenty to keep her busy when the weather was not conducive to gardening. During the winter months, she took on knitting projects for her grandchildren, outfitting them in impressive vests and sweaters. A voracious reader, her kitchen table was usually piled with books her friend Kathy Dwyer had delivered from the Concord Public Library, covering topics ranging from history, to politics, to food. Ellen continued her life-long love of cooking, treating neighbors, friends, and family to her specialties, including her homemade apple pie and chocolate chip cookies. More recently, Ellen found great enjoyment in tackling a new challenge by taking French with her college friend Marianne Pappanikou of Weston, MA, as well as taking French classes with her fellow Francophiles at the Concord Council on Aging. Ellen will be sorely missed by her family, friends, and neighbors. She is survived by her three children Nancy Lee Carey and her husband Patrick of Concord, MA, Scott V. Simarano of New Ipswich, NH, and Victoria Simarano and her husband John Lamson of Boulder, CO; four grandchildren Catrin and Lauren Carey of Concord and Jack and Casey Lamson of Boulder, CO; her sister Elizabeth (Beth) Roberts and her husband Donel Roberts, Jr. of Bridgton, Maine, three nieces: Jessica Roberts of Steep Falls, Maine, Sara Codd of Chaumont, NY, and Abby Duong of Glastonbury, CT and related grand nieces and nephews; McNeil and Crowley cousins; Martinson and Sheehan cousins; sister-in-law Maria Duca and her husband James Duca of Cocoa Beach, FL; and sister-in-law Olga Anderson of Marlboro, MA. Ellen was predeceased by her parents, former husband, Vincent J. Simarano, and brother-in-law Richard Anderson of Marlboro, MA. In keeping with Ellens wishes, a graveside service at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ellens memory may be made to the Concord Free Public Library Corporation, 129 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742. Arrangements are under the care of Dee Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Concord. To share a memory or to offer a condolence in her online guestbook, please visit www.DeeFuneralHome.com
Published by The Concord Journal from Jan. 22 to Jan. 28, 2021.