Margrit ‘Pusch’ SIMONS


Margrit ‘Pusch’ Simons was born April 22, 1939 as the third and youngest child of Dr. Theodor and Elise Simons in Duisburg, Germany. Her early childhood was filled with war and bombing.

After the war Margrit developed a close friendship with her aunt, Sister Johanna Daams, a Benedictine nun in Osterhout, Holland. “Tante Joh” cultivated Margrit’s love of music and was her lifelong spiritual guide.

In 1973 Margrit immigrated to Stettler with her parents. Soon afterwards, Margrit met Albert Thrun, a German carpenter from Pomerania, who became her beloved companion until his death in 1991.

Margrit and Albert enjoyed fishing, bowling, and cribbage with their friends, but most of all they enjoyed their daily games of chess and watching the Edmonton Oilers together. Together they made trips to Hawaii, Alaska and the Rockies. Their years together were the happiest of Margrit’s life.

After Albert’s death Margrit spent years volunteering and playing music with “Old Sounds” in Stettler’s senior’s lodges. She competed annually in the Stettler music festival for 30 years until 2008 and one of her proudest moments was being asked to perform in the 40th anniversary concert for the festival.

Margrit’s last year’s were spent at Heritage House. She loved the many activities and excellent care and attention she received there and made numerous good friends among the staff. Margrit passed away peacefully in her home there on March 23, 2015.

Margrit persevered against countless challenges and lived a life that exceeded expectations and she will be missed by all who loved her.

A funeral mass for Margrit was held at Christ King Catholic church on March 30th. Margrit is survived by her brother Theo, of Edmonton; sister Irma, of Stettler; niece Christa, of Edmonton; and nephew Peter, of Stettler.

The family wishes to thank Father Don, the church staff and Brennen Funeral Home for their assistance. As well, thanks and appreciation go out to the staff at Heritage House and the many friends who brought joy and happiness into Margrit’s life.

Donations can be made to the Stettler Hospital Foundation.

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