Jean C. Simonsen

1922 ∼ 2017

Sandwich – Jean (Canfield) Simonsen, 95 formerly of Cotuit, Sun City Center, FL and Needham, passed away peacefully August 22, 2017 at her Forestdale home.

Predeceased by her husband of 55 years Gordon A. Simonsen and her son Donald N. Simonsen, Jean leaves her daughter Andrea J. Simonsen, a granddaughter Kimberly Simonsen and a great granddaughter Shyanne. Jean also leaves a brother William Canfield and a niece Sue Carneal, both of AZ and a nephew Craig Canfield of NJ. She was predeceased by her best friend and sister-in-law Dorothy “Dot” (Levins) Canfield.

Born and raised in East Orange NJ, Jean early on worked as an accountant secretary on Wall Street. She married Gordon in 1949 in Red Bank NJ and they moved to Hyde Park MA and Needham. The couple co-founded Needham’s Grace Lutheran Church in the 1950s and were active congregants for many years.

Jean loved playful competition, whether it be tennis, bowling, golf, ping pong, investment club or her beloved bridge. She loved traveling with her family and boating on Lake Winnepesauke, Buzzards Bay and Nantucket Sound. She and Gordon retired to Cotuit and Sun City Center, FL and acquired many friends in both places. They joined First Lutheran Church in West Barnstable and were active there.

Jean loved life, family and friends, all of whom enjoyed her bright blue eyes that lit up by her constant smiles and easy laughs. One of her favorite things to say was, “Smile – it’s contagious”. Jean and her daughter Andrea lived together in Forestdale in recent years where they took care of each other and enjoyed each other’s company to the end.

A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday September 6th at First Lutheran Church, 1663 Main Street (Route 6A), West Barnstable, followed by a short graveside service at the National Cemetery in Bourne where Gordon rests.

Contributions in Jean’s memory may be made to First Lutheran Church (


Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | 9:30 AM

First Lutheran Church
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | 11:30 AM

Massachusetts National Cemetery
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Jean C. Simonsen

1922 ∼ 2017

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