Christine D. (Hart) Simonson, 89, Rochester

Christine D. (Hart) Simonson, 89, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 4:15 P.M., Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

She was born on December 26, 1932 in Gurnee, Illinois, the daughter of Chalmer N. and Marjorie B. (Mills) Hart, Sr. She spent her childhood living in Gurnee, along with her two older brothers. In 1955, she married Charles Robert “Bob” Simonson, a schoolmate and family friend. He preceded her in death on April 4, 2008.

They moved to Rochester, Indiana in 1961 with their three sons. Their fourth son was born in Rochester in 1962. The family resided at 129 E. 14 St. for 46 years.

Mrs. Simonson worked for The Airmarking Company, Inc. for 21 years and retired in 2001. She had also worked for the Chester White Swine Record Ass’n for nearly 10 years.

As a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Rochester, she enjoyed singing in the choir and serving on various committees.

Besides enjoying her family and friends, her favorite pastimes were church activities, cooking, taking care of her home and yard, playing Bridge and an occasional trip to the casino.

Survivors include her four sons, Jeff Simonson, Fairbanks, Arkansas, Brian (Shari) Simonson, Rochester, Indiana, Bret (Suzie) Simonson, Nixa, Missouri, and Jay Simonson, Farmers Branch, Texas, grandchildren, Allie Simonson (Nick) Wright, Nixa, Missouri, and Kirk (Anna May), Simonson, Springfield, Missouri, two great grandchildren, special nieces, Deb Tyler, Rochester, Indiana, Karen Rudd, Akron, Indiana and Pam Reutebuch, Logansport, Indiana, and several other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two brothers, M.K. Hart and Chalmer Hart, Jr.

Private memorial services will be conducted at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Rochester Scholarship Fund, Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center, or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be expressed at