JeanAnn  Hoxie Simsa


JeanAnn Hoxie Simsa, 92, died peacefully on Feb. 9, 2019.
Born Nov. 8, 1926 in Traverse City to Columbus and Minnie Couturier, she was the oldest sibling to brother, John "Jack" Couturier (Gerry); sister, Janet Fitzpatrick (Jerry), of Fulton, Texas, and Beaverton; sister, Evone and the late Eugene Aldrich, of Traverse City; her late brother, Richard; and her late sister, Patricia; loving mother to William (former wife, Julie Clynes), Robert (Suzette), Gregory, Scott (former wife, Rene Papineau) and Theresa Guinta (John).
Growing up in Traverse City, JeanAnn was always proud of her French-Canadian Heritage. Her ancestors were some of the first settlers to Lake Leelanau and the Traverse City area.
Proud grandmother of 10, great-grandmother of seven, JeanAnn was dedicated to her family, always a pillar of strength.
She attended Traverse City Central and St. Francis School, then graduated from nursing school in 1952.
She worked in nursing at Munson Medical Center, the State Hospital and retired from Arnell Engstrom School.
She volunteered at St. Francis of Assisi, helping with funeral luncheons. She also volunteered at the Traverse City Visitor Center for many years. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing and making beautiful quilts to treasure. Her little dogs were her constant companions.
During her assisted care JeanAnn was a resident at Arbor House, and her family extends sincere gratitude to Cindy Robertson and her staff.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund at Thank you, Peggy and Beth.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2019 at St. Francis Church; the family will greet friends starting at 10 a.m.
Please visit to sign the guestbook and share your thoughts and memories with the family.
Published on March 10, 2019
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Deni Whaley
Mar 25, 2019
It was nice to see your Mom at the nursing facility my friend Jackie Schlosser resided. Your Mom was the same JeanAnn that I remembered. I'm so sorry for your loss as I know how much she meant to all of you.
Teresa.. give me a call, if you need me. Deni
Sherry Horton
Mar 12, 2019
I have very fond memories of Jean Ann as my neighbor and friend. She was a wonderful lady and will miss her, but I have our memories to remember. My heart goes out to her family and friends. Jean Ann will be missed.♥♥