Obituary: Betty Katherine Simonsen

Aug. 5, 1922 – Nov. 22, 2019

Betty Katherine Simonsen, 97, of Sturgeon Bay died at Oak Creek Assisted Living in Algoma, where she had resided for the past four years.

She was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, the daughter of Albert and Magdeleine (Hansen) Gille. Betty graduated from Lincoln High School before attending art school in Milwaukee. She moved to Wisconsin with her aunt in Racine. Betty met Lloyd Alfred Simonsen while in Racine, and they were married on Dec. 7, 1946. They were blessed with nearly 47 years of marriage. Lloyd died Oct. 22, 1993.

She worked at Seville Organ Company in Sturgeon Bay and Bohn’s Pharmacy in Sturgeon Bay as the window designer. 

Betty was an artistic, creative woman, strong in her convictions, and was never afraid to try something new.

She was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay. Betty enjoyed quilting, collecting antique dolls, tending her floral gardens, walks in Potawatomi State Park, and volunteering with Meals on Wheels and at the community blood bank. She loved spending time in the outdoors.        

Betty will be missed by her five children, Bill Simonsen of Appleton, Linda (Clyde) Hasenjager of Sturgeon Bay, Janet (Bob) Bender of Algoma, Kathy (Brian) Kettner of Appleton, and Ken (Wendy) Simonsen of Luxemburg; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; twin brother, Bob Gille; and great-granddaughter, Abigail Hasenjager.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 29, 11 am, at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Pastor Joel Sauer officiating.

Betty will be laid to rest in Hainesville Cemetery beside her husband, Lloyd.

Visitation will be Nov. 29, 9:30-10:50 am, at the church.

The family would like to express its gratitude to Marie Pinchart and the compassionate caregivers of Oak Creek Assisted Living and also to Unity Hospice for their services.

Memorial donations may be given in Betty’s honor to the Friends of Potawatomi Park.

Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Simonsen family. Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Betty can be shared through her tribute page at


Friends of Potowatomi State Park
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

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