August 22, 2012

Obituaries 8/22/12

Nancy S. Simmons

Nancy S. Simmons died peacefully at home August 11, 2012.

Born June 8, 1934 in Columbus, Ohio, to Polly Bonney and Werner Brahms Thiele, she was officially adopted by her step-father, Cove Sullivan, and used his surname as her maiden name for the remainder of her life.

The family moved to Short Hills, New Jersey where Nan attended private schools. While working for Decca Records in New York, she met her future husband, Warren H. Simmons, Jr. and after a short time in Manhattan they moved to Plainfield and then to Princeton. With their son, Warren H. Simmons, III, known as Sam, they enjoyed vacation homes in Chatham, Mass. and Naples, Fla. Nan suffered seizures for most of her life and handled them with a dignity that made it possible for her to live a full one with her loving husband, “Sim”.

She was passionate about assisting others in achieving their goals and supported animal rescue groups as well as area music schools.

Predeceased by her husband and her son, she is survived by her devoted daughter-in-law, Deborah Fraser Simmons; her grandchildren, Katherine Simmons of Philadelphia and Jonathan Simmons; her brother-in-law, Douglas J. Simmons of Arizona; and dear friends Petie and Stuart Duncan.

Burial was private.

Contributions in her memory may be made to The Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place, Landover, Md. 20785; or to SAVE, a Friend to Homeless Animals, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Street, Princeton.