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Joann Simmering

d. September 3, 2019

JoAnn Simmering, age 87, of Greenview, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in Ormond Beach, FL.

She was born on August 9, 1932 in Petersburg, IL to Joseph and Sena (Doyen) Emmett.

JoAnn married Robert Simmering on May 23, 1954 in Petersburg, IL

She is survived by daughters, Leslie (Craig) Ashbaugh of Ormond Beach, FL and Stephanie (Evan) Hart of Springfield; two grandchildren, R.E. and Sena Hart; brother Terry (Jan) Emmett; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Robert.

JoAnn grew up and attended school in Petersburg, IL.  She was employed at Illinois Bell from 1951 to 1965 then later worked for Greenview School district in the cafeteria retiring in 1997.  Not wanting to be bored, she then became a fixture at the Pizza Hut in Petersburg where everyone knew her and wanted her as their waitress!

She was a lifelong member of Greenview United Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday and Bible school for a number of years.

JoAnn was a devoted Mother and Grammy.  She loved to spoil and shop for her grandkids and make their favorite lemon cake.  When she moved to Florida she became a collector of t-shirts and made it her mission to get a shirt from every place she went!

To honor her, if attending the service, we ask that you wear your favorite t-shirt!

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral services at 11:00 at the Greenview United Presbyterian Church with Pastor Shane Hoerbert officiating.

Burial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Greenview immediately following the services.

Memorials can be made to United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln, 101 N. 16th Street, Springfield, IL 62703.


  1. You and your family are in my heart and prayers. I didn’t know your mother but it seems as if I should have. I never made the connection. I know she was a wonderful lady and everyone loved and respected her because I know her daughter and son-in-law. My deepest sympathies.

  2. Leslie, Stephanie and families,

    Becky and I send our condolence. Your mom was one sweet lady.

  3. My deepest sympathies

  4. Our sincere sympathy is with you and your family🙏🏼

  5. So sorry for your loss . She was one of the best ladys i new and a very good friend to my mom she will be missed by many

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great lady!

  7. So sorry for your loss. She was an amazing human being.

  8. My heart felt condolences go out to Jo Anns family
    She was a dear lady.And amazing woman I loved in school as I do now We always went to pizza hut just to visit with her.She will be missed by many as well.Rip sweet lady.

  9. We are so sorry to hear of JoAnn’s passing. She was a wonderful woman who always had a kind word for everyone. We met her when we all worked at Gene’s in Petersburg in the early 1980’s. Our prayers to her family and friends.

  10. Leslie,
    I know how deeply you cared for your mother and how dedicated you were to her care. Her passing must be a blow to you. My heart goes out to you and your family. Please accept my condolences and my prayer that found memories will vastly surpass the hurt you are feeling.

  11. I am so sorry for your loss. She was the greatest joke teller I knew and I loved working with her at pizza hut years & years ago. She had such a big caring heart. God Bless y’all.

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