Lu (Grote) Simon passed away peacefully January 21, 2013 at the University of Toledo Medical Center due to complications from a fall.
Lu was born on February 28, 1921 in Green Springs, Ohio to the late Harry and Dorothy (Slaymaker) Grote.
Lu was a 1939 graduate of Bellevue High School. She married Wilbur Simon in 1942.
Lu was one of the first women to enlist in the Women Marines in 1943. She was stationed in Arlington, Virginia; Chicago, Illinois; and Quantico, Virginia.
She later worked at the Milan Public Library and became Co-Director. In 2005 she was co-named Citizen of the Year by the Milan Chamber of Commerce. Lu was a member of the Edison United Methodist Church, the Monday Morning Church Sewing Group, the Civil War Round Table, and was a volunteer at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center helping with research. She was a charter member of both The Women in Military Service for America Memorial, and a Lifetime Member of the Marine Corp. League. Lu had a wonderful and very active life, she will be greatly missed.
Lu is survived by her daughter Marie (John) Blackburn of Englewood; her son Hal (Marty) Simon of Milan; grandchildren, Amy (William) Spoerner of Fishers, Lisa (Sean) Masters, of Yorktown, John Blackburn of Englewood; great grandchildren McKenzie, Morgan, and Cabe Masters of Yorktown, Emily Spoerner of Fishers, Indiana; brother Gene (Betty) Grote of Bellevue; brother in law, Norb (Janice) Simon of Norwalk; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Including her parents, Lu was preceded in death by her husband Wilbur, infant daughter Karen, brother Ted Grote, and her sister in law Marna Grote.
Friends may call on Saturday, January 26 from 11 am until the time of funeral service at 1 pm, at the Edison Memorial United Methodist Church, 10 E. Church Street, Milan, Ohio. Burial will be in Milan Cemetery.
Those wishing to contribute to Lu's memory may do so to the Milan Public Library Geneology Department, 19 E. Church Street, Milan, Ohio 44846; or to the Edison Memorial United Methodist Church, 10 E. Church Street, Milan, Ohio 44846.
Condolences may be shared online at www.grofffuneralhomes.com.