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Maureen Simon, Huntington Woods First-Grade Teacher, Dies at 61

Funeral services are today with family visitation and religious services through Tuesday.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. today for Maureen Simon, a Royal Oak resident and teacher at Burton Elementary School in Huntington Woods who died Friday of natural causes, according to the school.

The families of Simon's first-grade class were contacted by telephone, school officials said, and other Burton families were alerted via an email Saturday evening.

According to Ira Kaufman Funeral Home in Southfield, interment will be at Machpelah Cemetery in Ferndale.

Simon's family will be gathering through Tuesday evening at the residence of Rosalyn Winer, 26591 Summerdale Dr., Southfield, for friends to call. 

Religious services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today, Monday and Tuesday evenings.

"Please know that grief counselors will be at school for the children on Tuesday, and a letter with more information will be sent home on that day," Principal Beth Krehbiel and Dean of Students Beth Meacham said in an email to Burton families.

According to the Ira Kaufam website, survivors include daughter Stephani Simon, mother Rosalyn and sister Denise Rosenthal. She was also the aunt of Jeffrey Rosenthal, Randy Rosenthal, Kaylie Simon and Jamie Simon and the great-aunt of Dakota Rosenthal. She is also survived by companion Robert Tessler.

Simon had been a classroom teacher for 30 years, teaching first grade at Burton for the last 25 years, according to her page on the Burton website.

"I find teaching  first grade to be a very rewarding and gratifying experience," she says on her web page. "The children have a love for learning and bring their enthusiasm to school everyday. In return, I also look forward to teaching them with enthusiasm. Everyday brings new rewards for all of us!!"

Simon was proud of her daugther, Stephani, who practices medicine in Hartford, CT.  She was also a dog lover with two dogs of her own and enjoyed gardening and reading in the summer.

Memorial donations can be made to:

National Audubon Society

225 Varick St.
New York, NY 10014
212-979-3000
www.audubon.org

or 

National Wildlife Federation
11100 Wildlife Center Dr.
Reston, VA 20190
800-822-9919
www.nwf.org

or any animal rescue

Terri Rospierski May 29, 2011 at 04:06 PM
I am very saddened to hear of Maureens Passing. I remember her well from my days working at Burton and subbing as a para pro in her classroom. Her passion for reading and writing was well planted in every student she has had at Burton. I'm glad to have known her and will remember her always. Terri Rospierski
Helaine Simons May 29, 2011 at 04:20 PM
I was shocked and saddened of the loss of Maureen. Although she didn't see me, I saw her at Pet Supplies Plus a few days ago. I, too, was a Para Pro in her classroom, and she was also my son's 1st grade teacher. My best to her family. Helaine Simons
David Goldenberg June 01, 2011 at 01:48 AM
Ms. Simon was my first grade teacher more than 25 years ago - and she remained the one who perhaps had the greatest impact on me that I can remember all the way through graduate school. She was one of the most encouraging teachers in my life and the lives of so many others - and she's the reason I kept reading even when I struggled. When I learned about her death, I spoke with two people who were in her class with me at Burton in 1984 - both of whom remain among my closest friends - and we all were deeply saddened. May her memory be a blessing. David Goldenberg

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