Andover — Susan Simon passed away suddenly at home in North Andover on November 10, 2012.
Born in Hamborn, Germany near Duisburg to the late Arthur and Ricka (Jakobs) Heymann, she emigrated to Boston with her family in June 1941. The family had been in hiding in Germany for a few years when they obtained passage on the steamship Villa de Madrid which sailed from Barcelona to Gibraltar to the Canary Islands and finally Ellis Island. Before being allowed to board the Villa de Madrid, the family had their citizenship revoked by the German government and the obligatory middle name “Sarah” was added to Susan’s passport. Germany had closed its borders to any further emigration six months after the family was able to leave.
Susan married Edward Harvey Simon on June 29, 1949. They resided in Lawrence, Methuen and Andover.
She was an adoring mother, grandmother and aunt, and participated with her husband, Edward in the ownership and management of Simon’s Discount Department Stores and ABCO Realty, served as chairperson of the United Jewish Appeal and long-time member of Hadassah, and was a golf enthusiast.
Susan is predeceased by her late husband, Edward who passed in 1998; she leaves her daughter, Margo Golden and husband, Neil of Boston and grandsons, Andrew and Craig; son, Gary of Townsend; and son, Donald and wife, Susana and granddaughters, Elena and Eva of Virginia.