Kuiper Funeral Home

9039 Kleinman Road, Highland, IN


Mary E. Simko

July 31, 1926March 13, 2020

Mary E. Simko, 93 of Whiting, IN passed away Friday March 13, 2020. She was born July 31, 1927 in Nottingham, England to Stephen and Mary (Shaw) Ward. Mary was preceded in death by her husband Joseph P. Simko whom she had met during World War II. Mary is survived by her children, Jayna (Allan) Harkabus, Patricia (Frank) Stanek, James (Charlene) Simko, Christopher Simko, and Mark (Jill) Simko; grandchildren, Sara, Michael, Tom, Frank, Dan, Amy, Kyle, Connor t , Lory, Steven, and Yann; great grandchildren, Jackson, Drew, Olivia, Macy, Owen, Gaige, Matthew, Carly, Alexandria, Mya, Zayden, Zaylee, Zayna, Mia, Paul, and Eliza. Many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters; Ralph, Reginald, Stephen, Alice, Florence, Emily, and Margaret. Mary enjoyed life to its fullest. Mary enjoyed cooking, crocheting, knitting, collecting knick knacks and drinking a good cup of tea. Mary was also known for her homemade chicken soup in which everyone enjoyed.


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Mary E. Simko

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Anja Repp

March 18, 2020

Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories......
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking me in to your home and heart back when I left my family in Germany. I was so young and inexperienced and you supported me in every way that you could. You were more than just a mother-in-law to me.
Every time I was "flooded" with homesickness you helped me feel better again. I saw you as my role model.
Thank you for giving us a home
Thank you for always being there for us
Thank you for your patience and understanding
Thank you for your love
Thank you for sharing your recipies with me (especially cabbage)
Thank you for being the best grandma and mother in law
Thank you for letting me use your beloved Cadillac (even though I didn't have my driving license)
Thank you for always being cheerful and never in a bad mood
Thank you for letting me be a part of your live

You will always have a place in my heart .... our paths will meet again one day
Love Anja

Lory Schiffels

March 18, 2020

I can’t find the perfect words, I wish I could turn back time , to the time you took care of Steven and me. We always had a great time with you. Sleeping over was the best , watching full house. You letting us eat Pringles and all the good stuff . You always brought me clothes from garage sales , you loved garage sales. The early bird always catches the worm you said. I loved how you let me curl your hair.
I loved how we always drawn pictures of brides, I will never forget that. Grandma I wish I could look in your beautiful English blue eyes again .
Everything time I go to Mc Donalds I think of you. You cooked the best stuff. Our favorite after treat was cottages Cheese with apricots . Even though I’m in Germany and couldn’t see you that much , you were always and always be in my heart. Thank you for being the best grandma. I love you , your Lory-bell