The Free Press, Mankato, MN

September 30, 2013

Winn Ann Simser

—     Celebrating the life of Winn Ann Simser, age 73 of Fairmont, MN.  Winn Ann passed away at home surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Monday, September 30, 2013.

    Services will be held Thursday October 3, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont.  Visitation will be from 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesday October 2, 2013, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont and will continue one hour prior to the service Thursday at St. John Vianney Church. Interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

    Winn Ann was born on January 20, 1940 in Minneapolis, MN to Edward and Alice Zaun of Belle Plaine, MN.  She graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1958 and Mankato State College in 1961 with a degree in elementary education.  She was united in marriage to Jim Simser on June 15, 1963 in Belle Plaine, MN.  Winn Ann and Jim lived in Honolulu, HI, San Diego, CA, Norwood, MN, New Richland, MN and Fairmont, MN.

    Winn Ann enjoyed gardening, traveling, and following the activities and sporting events of her children and grandchildren.  Her teaching career spanned over 40 years and she touched the lives of many students who kept in touch with her long after leaving her classroom. She retired from St. John Vianney School in 2003 and continued substitute teaching for several more years.  She was a dedicated volunteer at St. John Vianney church, Let's Go Fishing, and many other organizations in the Fairmont community.

    Winn Ann will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 50 years Jim Simser of Fairmont; sons Bill (Amy) of Apple Valley, MN, Mike (Lynette) of Northfield, MN, Mark (Lisa) of Shoreview, MN, and Dave (Becca) of St. Paul, MN; brother Dick (Mary) Zaun of Roseville, MN; sisters-in-law Carolyn (Tom) Fischer of Mason City, IA, Dee Ann Simser of Eagan, MN, Mary Beth Simser of Mankato, MN; brother-in-law Tom (Jayne) Simser of South St. Paul, MN; eight grandchildren  Andy, Adam, Allison, Ben, Nick, Jack, Luke, and Dylan; and many nieces and nephews.

    Winn Ann was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Bill.

    The family would like to thank United Hands Hospice of Blue Earth, MN for their loving care, as well as her many friends in the community for their kindness and support. Memorials preferred to St. John Vianney endowment fund and United Hands Hospice of Blue Earth, MN.

    Visit Lakeview Funeral for information and guest book.  Blessed be her memory!