Carole Jean Simonson, 80, Rugby, died peacefully on March 7, 2014, at the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby.
Carole was born to Arnold Julius and Stella Inez (Brenno) Noem, on July 9, 1933, in Rugby. She was raised in the Fillmore area and graduated from Fillmore High School in 1951.
She married Richard Bruce Simonson in Fillmore on June 9, 1951. She lived in Fillmore while her husband was in the U.S. Army in Korea. During this time she worked as a switchboard operator at the Bell Telephone Co. in Rugby. After Richard returned from Korea, they operated a grocery store in Fillmore for several years.
They moved to Rugby in 1968 and were involved in several businesses through the years, namely Rugby Dairy Queen, R & S Motors, Hub Service Station, and S & S Laundry. Carole was a kind, caring person and liked to serve people and did so lastly, at age 78, as a clerk in the Only Deals store in Rugby. In later years, she and Richard had a hobby farm near Rugby, where she had numerous exotic animals with her pride and joy being her donkeys. Many people will remember the delicious lefse she made and gave to her friends and family, whom she loved dearly. She also enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings play football.
She was a longtime member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, Rugby, where she was a Sunday school teacher, congregational treasurer, and a member of the Women’s Ministries.
She is survived by: her husband, Richard; and their children, Cheryl, and her husband, Joe Meyer, Vadnais Heights, Minn.; Kathy, and her husband, Bryon Diebold, Willow City; Renae, and her husband, Sam Brossart Rugby, Brenda Simonson, and Erik, Minot; and Mark Simonson, Rugby. She also leaves a sister, Joyce Dierker, Grand Forks; and 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Dennis Noem, Duane and Wayne Noem as infants and a sister, Eris Hoffner.
Funeral services: Will be held at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Rugby on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 11a.m., with the Rev. Nathan Steen officiating.
Visitation and prayer service: Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday, March 10, from 3 to 9 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Tuesday, an hour before the service, at the church.
(Niewoehner Funeral Home, Rugby)