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Hildegard Simmons 1928 – 2016

Obit SimmonsHildegard “Hilde” Simmons, 87, passed away peacefully Feb. 27 at her home in Burns, surrounded by her family and a friend.

Hilde was born Nov. 13, 1928, in Hanau, Germany, to Heinrich Fischer and Elizabeth Beck.

In 1948, she married Wasyl Kolodnicke and had two daughters, Lisa and Irene. While still in Germany, in 1954, she met the love of her life, Teddy Simmons. After Teddy’s stint in the Army ended, they made their home in Enterprise, where they raised four more children.

In 1974, Teddy and Hilde moved to Burns, where Teddy took a job managing the old Prineville Stud Mill on South Egan Street.

While living in Enterprise, Hilde was a very gifted seamstress and sewed square dance dresses and shirts for the local square dance clubs. After moving to Burns, Hilde enjoyed bowling and going to state and national tournaments.  She loved to knit socks for all her friends and family.  She also enjoyed camping, gardening, and traveling, and she loved going on “road trips.”

Hilde is survived by her children, Lisa Freeland of Los Molinos, Calif., Irene and her husband, Harvey Madarieta, of Hines, Stanley Simmons and his wife, Susan, of Burns, Douglas Simmons and his wife, Linda, of Houston, Texas; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Teddy; daughter, Susan Lytle; and son, Garry Simmons.

At her request, there will be no public service. There will be a celebration of her life in late July at Wallowa Lake.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Harney County Hospice.

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