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Iris Genevieve (Redman) Simandl
May 20, 1926 ~ August 3, 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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Iris Genevieve Simandl (nee Redman), May 20, 1926 to August 3, 2023, beloved wife of Rodney Jean Simandl 1925-2015
Iris is survived by her son, Ralph (Kyle) Simandl and the late Linda Larsen Lowe, her daughter, April (Michelle), her cherished grandchildren, David (Jen) and Laura Masson, children of Linda, and Monica, daughter of Kyle. Iris was “Grandmama” to Oliver, Virginia and Alice.
She is survived by her nephew Warren (Loraine) Wilson and her niece, Diane (Russell) Edwards, who holds very fond and affectionate memories of Iris’s kindness to her.
Iris was preceded in death by her parents, David and Genevieve Redman, her brother, David (Marilyn), her three sisters, Lois (Jack) Robinson, Effie (Bernard) Wilson, Nola (Carl) Groom, and her niece, Janet Thomas.
Mom met Dad when her brother, David, invited his best friend home. Rodney saw Iris for the first time on the back porch of the apartment building and thought she was the prettiest girl he had ever seen. Seven years later, they were married. Rodney lovingly reminded Mom during their 68 year marriage of that meeting, especially when a gentle wind blew her skirt up just a little bit.
Iris entered the work force at the Federal Reserve Bank after graduation from high school. Upon certification of the IRS exam, she continued to work when her children, Ralph and April, were very young.
We have all of the slides of every National Park family vacation should you ever want to see them.
Mom and Dad enjoyed Opera and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.
Although Mom voluntarily surrendered her driver’s license when she was 92, she still did all of the grocery shopping and prepared supper every evening. Freshly baked cookies were always in Cookie Monster. Her greeting, “Have you eaten?” was always followed by her offer to prepare a meal for you.
She never refused a piece of dark chocolate or ice cream and enjoyed a game of bridge with friends.
A daily reader of the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Daily Herald, and numerous journals, she was also an avid reader of books which she shared along with a lifetime of memories with many dear friends at The Fountains at Crystal Lake, IL.
Mom’s final wishes were for a green burial beside her husband and that services be private.
“Life’s short, but it’s the longest thing you’ll ever do …” – Alechia Dow
Donations may be made to Journey Care Hospice, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010 or the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, 20 DuPage Court, Elgin, IL 60120.