Onie Simons

Onie Simons, 92, Pillager, died December 23, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. at the Casino Assembly of God Church, rural Pillager. Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples and one hour prior to services at the church.

Burial will follow at Wildwood Cemetery in Pillager. 

Arrangements are with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Staples.         

Onie was born on Dec. 5, 1925, to Otto and Lucy (Nyggard) Miller in St. Cloud.  She grew up and received her education at Pillager, leaving school early to help her dad with his logging business and helping out on the farm. She worked at Ruttgers Resort for a short time. She married Alfred Simons on October 31, 1946 in Brainerd. They made their home in Pillager, where they raised their seven children. After her children were grown, Onie worked at Maddens Resort in housekeeping for 20 years retiring in the late 1970s. She enjoyed flowers, gardening and spending time with family.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years; two sons, Larry Simons of Garrison and Keith (Jo) Simons of Baxter; four daughters, Linda (Donnie) Johnson of Pillager, Nancy (Lloyd) Hansen of Brainerd, Patty (Dan) Mannie of Brainerd and Tracey (Darrel) Thomas of Motley; 21 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Kristi Buscho; one grandson, Kyle Thomas and one great-grandson, James Martin.

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