Official Obituary of

Geraldine Therese (Tisdell) Simmons

August 10, 1937 ~ March 4, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Geraldine Simmons Obituary

Geraldine Therese Tisdell Simmons, 86, died March 4th, at her home in Willmar.  Visitation will be at 10:00 am and Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am, Friday, March 8th, at Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Burial at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery at Morton. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar,  Memorial contributions may be made to the recently developed Bethesda Hospice through the Bethesda Foundation, 901 Willmar Ave. SE, Willmar, MN 56201

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Geri was born August 10,1937, to Edward ‘Ned’ and Charlotte ‘Lottie’ (Neuens) Tisdell on a farm in Birch Coulee Township in Renville County.  She was baptized and later confirmed at St. John’s Catholic Church in Morton.  She graduated from Morton High School in 1954 and then attended Mankato State University.  On November 23, 1957, Geri was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Simmons at St. John’s Catholic Church in Morton and they were blessed with five children. They lived in Morton until moving to Redwood Falls in 1980 and Willmar in 1988.

Geri worked at Farmers State Bank in Morton and later became the secretary for Farmers Union Claims office in Redwood Falls before relocating with the office to Willmar. Later, she worked with the Southwest West Central Service Cooperative. Geri was a gifted piano teacher and served as a piano accompanist for all Morton school events. For many years, she also served as church organist and choir director for masses, weddings and funerals.  Geri was very active in her local church. Her steadfast commitment to her faith inspired many.  She was a member of the charismatic prayer group in Redwood Falls and was instrumental in starting a similar group at St. Mary’s in Willmar.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma and cherished sister, aunt and friend to all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Geri was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Simmons, her parents and siblings: Charlotte (Glen) Swartz, Florence (William) Jansen, Harriet (James) Smith, Harold (Shirley) Tisdell and Eugene Tisdell.

Geri is survived by her five children: Anne (Jeff) Peltier of Pelican Rapids, William (Ann Ruhland) Simmons of Green Isle, Patrick (Karen Brandt) Simmons of Edina, Karen (Durkin) Guthrie of Culver City, CA; Margaret (Mark) Remillard of St. Paul; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: Rebecca (Logan) Vold and their children, Alexander and Joseph; Andrew (Katie Ziebell) Simmons and their children, Emily and Elizabeth; Anthony (Elise Frieder) Simmons, Jacob Simmons, Caitlin Simmons and Liam Guthrie. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Marilyn Tisdell of Willmar, Helen (Gordon) Johnson of Lacrosse, WI; Mary (Dick) Wohnoutka of Spicer; Monica Wohlin of New London, Jackie Simmons of Redwood Falls, Mary Simmons of Franklin and Mary Jacoby; and brothers-in-law, Jim (Gail Wacker) Simmons of Franklin and Michael Simmons (Debbie Lindboe) of St. Paul.

Blessed be her memory.

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March 8, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Church of St. Mary (Willmar)
713 12th Street SW
Willmar, MN 56201

Mass of Christian Burial
March 8, 2024

11:00 AM
Church of St. Mary (Willmar)
713 12th Street SW
Willmar, MN 56201

March 8, 2024

1:30 PM
St. John's Catholic Cemetery - Morton
County Road 18
Morton, MN 56270


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