Memorial services will be held Friday, May 15, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Oakdale Evangelical Free Church, rural Meriden, with the Pastor Clint Hogrefe officiating. Interment will be in Liberty Cemetery prior to the service. There will be a family prayer at 10:30 a.m. at the Church on Friday. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. today at the Oakdale Evangelical Free Church with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. On-line condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Memorials may be directed to Oakdale Free Church, Hidden Acres Christian Center, Dayton, IA, or to Cherokee Regional Hospice.
Loraine (Halstrom) Simm was born March 8, 1911, the eldest daughter of Elmer and Tilda (Rosene) Halstrom in Liberty Township, Cherokee. She attended rural school and graduated from Cleghorn High School in 1929. She attended Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls, after which she taught rural school in Liberty Township for three years.
She was united in marriage to James C. Simm on May 25, 1933 at her parent's farm home. Jim and Loraine resided on that same farm until Jim's death Dec. 28, 1974. To this union a son, Ronald James, was born May 4, 1939. Their farm became a century farm. She then moved to Paullina, where she resided until October of 2004 when she moved to Careage Hills in Cherokee due to declining health. She lived there until her death.
Loraine was a lifelong member of Oakdale Evangelical Free Church where she was active as a Sunday School Teacher and in the FCWM (Free Church Women's Missionary Society) in which she held several offices. She also served on both the State and the National FCWM boards. She will be remembered by many as a good friend; a great hostess and a wonderful cook. After Jim's death she and her sister-in-law traveled a great deal visiting many countries and including a trip to the Artic Circle.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Jeanette Faust and Irene Lear; two brothers-in-law, Bill Faust and Charles Lear, and her special friend and caregiver for many years, Vi Simm.
She leaves to mourn her death her son, Ronald and his wife Lorraine (Lori) of Paullina and Arizona, five grandchildren; Ronda Simm of Cherokee, Dawn Donley (Tom) of Cottage Grove, Minn., Denise Jones of Cleghorn, Dan Simm of Meriden, and Scott (Rose) Simm of Cherokee; two Step-granddaughters and their husbands, Brenda Phebus (Kevin) of Katy, Texas and Candace James (Preston) of Thousand Oaks, Calif. Also surviving are four great-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren, one great great-grandson, one sister-in-law, Ann (Peterson) Pyle of Storm Lake, several nieces and cousins, and a special cousin, Jim Halstrom and a special nephew, Bill Simm, each of who served as caregivers for her.