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Dorothy Elizabeth (Stoddard) Simmons

April 22, 1926 ~ September 1, 2019 (age 93)

Dorothy Elizabeth Simmons, 93, of Alpena passed away Sunday, September 1, 2019 at her home.

Dorothy Elizabeth Stoddard was born on April 22, 1926 to the late William and Della (Clark) Stoddard in South Bend, Indiana.  Shortly after her birth, her mother and her returned to the Posen area.  She had fond memories of spending time during the summer with her brother at the D & M Railroad Depot in Posen, where her father was a station agent.  She sometimes was given the task of walking the line checking car numbers off a list.  While waiting for her sweetheart, Ira Simmons, to return from WWII, she was part of a unique hospital nurses aide training program at Alpena General Hospital to help with the war effort.  On July 26, 1946, she married her sweetheart, Ira Simmons.  In later years she worked alongside him with Simmons Traffic Markings. He preceded her in death on February 20, 2008. 

Surviving are 2 children, David (Cindy) Simmons, Marcia Simmons; grandson, Shawn and his family; nephews, Randy, Ira; niece, Penelope; and her kitty, Sadie Mae.

Mrs. Simmons was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Stoddard.

Cremation arrangements have been handled by the Bannan Funeral Home.

Inurnment: Evergreen Cemetery

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Hospice of Michigan, Alpena Senior Citizens Center or Huron Humane Society.


Donations may be made to:

Hospice of Michigan
145 N. State Avenue, Alpena MI 49707
Tel: 1-989-358-4280

Alpena Senior Citizens Center
501 River Street, Alpena MI 49707
Tel: 1-989-356-3585

Huron Humane Society
3510 Woodward Avenue, Alpena MI 49707
Tel: 1-989-356-4794