Helen Ida (Rohling) Simon, 92, of Parsons died at 6:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Elmhaven West.
She was born July 9, 1920, in Andale to Frank and Catherine (Gorges) Rohling. As a young girl, she grew up and attended schools in Colwich.
She married Aloysius William “Al” Simon on May 7, 1941, in Colwich. Following their marriage, they farmed in the Colwich area. They later farmed near Fredonia before moving to their farm in rural Parsons in 1959. Through the years, she had worked at Swift and Co., Fred Ronald Manufacturing and Wal-Mart.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and, in earlier years, its Altar Society. Helen was a devoted mother who loved her family dearly. She was an accomplished seamstress, enjoyed crocheting and loved caring for her flowers and garden.
Survivors include six sons, David Simon and his wife, Mary, of Eureka, Bill Simon and his wife, Bonnie, of Eudora, Richard Simon and his wife, Jackie, of Loveland, Colo., Ernie Simon and his companion, Belinda Schuman, of Eudora, Jim Simon and his wife, Mildred, of Erie, and Glen Simon and his wife, Susie, of Bentley; three daughters, Mary McKinney and her husband, Dwaine, of Wichita, Joan Hizey and her companion, C.J. Wass, and Janet Kinsch and her husband, Jerry, all of Parsons; 20 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and two brothers, Frank Rohling of Angola and Walt Rohling of Derby.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Al Simon, on Oct. 5, 2004; two sons, Eugene and Kevin Simon; two grandchildren, Jared Kinsch and Amanda Simon; and a great-granddaughter, Samantha Simon.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons, where the family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.
Memorials are suggested to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.