Winn Ann Simser

FAIRMONT – Celebrating the life of Winn Ann Simser, age 73, of Fairmont, Minn. Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Winn Ann passed away Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at home surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Visitation will be 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and will continue one hour prior to the service Thursday at St. John Vianney Church.

Winn Ann was born Jan. 20, 1940, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Edward and Alice Zaun of Belle Plaine, Minn. She graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1958 and Mankato State College in 1961 with a degree in elementary education. She was united in marriage to Jim Simser on June 15, 1963, at St. John’s Catholic Church in rural Belle Plaine, Minn. Winn Ann and Jim lived in Honolulu, Hawaii; San Diego, Calif.; Norwood, Minn.; New Richland, Minn.; and Fairmont, Minn. Winn Ann enjoyed gardening, traveling and following the activities and sporting events of her children and grandchildren. Her teaching career spanned more than 40 years, and she touched the lives of many students who kept in touch with her long after leaving her classroom. She retired from St. John Vianney School in 2003 and continued substitute teaching for several more years. She was a dedicated volunteer at St. John Vianney church, Let’s Go Fishing and many other organizations in the Fairmont community.

Winn Ann will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 50 years, Jim Simser of Fairmont; sons, Bill (Amy) of Apple Valley, Minn., Mike (Lynette) of Northfield, Minn., Mark (Lisa) of Shoreview, Minn., and Dave (Becca) of St. Paul, Minn.; brother, Dick (Mary) Zaun of Roseville, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Tom) Fischer of Mason City, Iowa, Dee Ann Simser of Eagan, Minn., and Mary Beth Simser of Mankato, Minn.; brother-in-law, Tom (Jayne) Simser of South St. Paul, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Andy, Adam, Allison, Ben, Nick, Jack, Luke and Dylan; and many nieces and nephews.

Winn Ann was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Bill. The family would like to thank United Hands Hospice of Blue Earth, Minn., for their loving care, as well as her many friends in the community for their kindness and support.

Memorials preferred to St. John Vianney endowment fund and United Hands Hospice of Blue Earth, Minn.

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