Arlene Grace Fitz-Simon

24 November, 193828 August, 2020
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Arlene Grace Fitz-Simon, 81, a resident of Keene, NH, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Friday August 28, 2020.

She was born in Alamosa, Colorado on November 24, 1938, the daughter of Manuel and Rebecca (Gonzales) Ortega. She was a 1956 graduate of Valley High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

On April 6, 1957, she married James Fitz-Simon, Sr. in Vicenza, Italy while he was stationed in the army. They were married for 60 years, raising four children, James Jr, Julie, Judi, and Eddie, and her beloved dog Misty.

She moved to Keene in 1972 where she has resided for 48 years. In July of 1976, Arlene and James opened and managed Curry Copy Center for 30 years. In 1985, they also purchased and managed four Hallmark Stores.

Arlene was a devoted Christian who loved God, her family and friends. She was a parishioner of St. Margaret Mary Church in Keene. She was a hardworking, genuine, and passionate soul who put everyone before herself. She always had a beautiful smile that would light up the room. She loved to travel and take cruises with her daughters. Her last great adventure was to Alaska. She was an avid reader and belonged to the Book Club. She enjoyed her yoga and exercise classes; she loved walking daily; and loved planting her butterfly garden. Her favorite pastime of all was spending time with her beloved dog Misty.

One of her favorite things to do and brought her much joy was spending time and doing lunches with her loyal and faithful Trowbridge friends for 48 years, Anita Piermattei, Carol Bunszel, Rosemarie Dowling and Jeanne Fuller.

She was the biggest Red Sox and New England Patriots fan, never missing a game! Also, no one was more in love with Elvis and music, then Arlene.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Judi Sievers Mills of Jackson TN; her son, Eddie Fitz-Simon Sr. and his wife, Heather of Keene; her daughter-in-law, Cheryl Fitz-Simon of Cocoa FL; her grandchildren, Jimmy Sievers and wife Sarah, Travis Sievers, Jeffrey Russell and wife, Cathie, Jason Russell, Eddie Fitz-Simon Jr, Megan Fitz-Simon and her partner Michael Coffey Jr., David Fitz-Simon; her three great-grandchildren, Yazmin and Yaliana Sievers and Nathan Coffey; her brother, Manuel Ortega and wife, Elvira; her brother, Arnold Ortega and wife, Judy; and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband, James Fitz-Simon Sr., her son, James Fitz-Simon Jr, her daughter, Julie Willette and her beloved dog, Misty.

A Liturgy of the Word will be celebrated on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 12:30pm in St. Margaret Mary Church, 33 Arch Street, Keene. Burial with committal prayers will follow in the Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Avenue, Keene. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene. All those in attendance for the visitation, Liturgy of the Word and committal at the cemetery are required to wear facemasks and to maintain the physical distance requirements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Fitz-Simon’s memory to The Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Road, West Swanzey, NH 03446.


  • Judi Sievers Mills, Daughter
  • Eddie Fitz-Simon, Sr. (Heather), Son
  • Cheryl Fitz-Simon, Daughter-in-law
  • Jimmy Sievers (Sarah), Grandson
  • Travis Sievers, Grandson
  • Jeffrey Russell (Cathie), Grandson
  • Jason Russell, Grandson
  • Eddie Fitz-Simon, Jr., Grandson
  • Meghan Fitz-Simon (Michael Coffey Jr.), Granddaughter
  • David Fitz-Simon, Grandson
  • Yazmin Sievers, Great Granddaughter
  • Yaliana Sievers, Great Granddaughter
  • Nathan Coffey, Great Grandson
  • Manuel Ortega (Elvira), Brother
  • Arnold Ortega (Judy), Brother
  • James Fitz-Simon Sr., Husband (deceased)
  • James Fitz-Simon, Jr., Son (deceased)
  • Julie Willette, Daughter (deceased)
  • Rebecca (Gonzales) Ortega, Mother (deceased)
  • Manuel Ortega, Father (deceased)
  • Misty, Beloved Dog (deceased)
  • Arlene is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

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  • Monadnock Humane Society


  • Visitation and Celebration of Life

    Friday, 4 September , 2020

  • Liturgy of the Word

    Friday, 4 September , 2020


Arlene Grace Fitz-Simon

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Kathy Winsor

September 17, 2020

What a beautiful video tribute to a wonderful woman. May the beautiful memories help you all through this loss. I will fondly remember she and Misty.

Diane DeLisle

September 4, 2020

I remember when I was getting ready to go to New Mexico one summer with Judi. Mrs. Fitz would have me over to try real "Mexican Food" and she would always laugh when I would say that it was way to hot for me.
I also loved having our Trowbridge Road Parties. I used to think that the kids had the most fun, but little did I know when I was talking with my mom and Mrs, Fitz a few years ago, they told me that they had more fun because the adults could hang out on the street and listen to music most of the night.
I loved your mom like she was my own. I never felt uncomfortable with her, and she was such a blessing when I was going through everything with my mom. I will miss her dearly.

Tina Loveland Villeneuve

September 3, 2020

I remember growing up with Eddie, he and my twin brothers had the same birthday but were 1 year apart. Mrs. Fitz-Simon or maybe Julie or Judy would be one of many great families on Trowbridge Rd. to kid sit us. A few years ago, another Trowbridge mom reintroduced us at a KHS play. An outing she enjoyed. When my mother moved back here, the Trowbridge mom's invited her to join the monthly lunches and the fun outings they shared. Such a kind soul who will watch over all of us.

Jackie Zora

September 3, 2020

I want to send my deepest condolences Judi, Eddie and all the family. I didn't get to see Aunt Arlene often in recent years other than on sad occasions it seems.
Although, I did get up with my mom a couple years ago and the 3 of us enjoyed a nice lunch and I am so glad we did .
The pictures posted are so beautiful . They show such wonderful memories .
You are in my thoughts.
Jackie Tim and Aunt Judy

Thomas Fitz-Simon

September 2, 2020

Judi,Ed,and family, Our prayers and deepest sorrows, go out to all of you ,at this very difficult time.
May you find peace in all the great memories you have. Arlene was a wonderful,caring, beautiful lady.. She will be extremely missed by all. God bless her, may she rest in peace.. Your loving cousins, always. Tom,Kathi,Jill,Susan

Jane Dreissig

August 31, 2020

Judi, So sorry to hear about your Mom. Prayers to you, and God Speed.



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