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September 24, 1966 - March 30, 2024

Burial Date April 5, 2024

Funeral Home Hessling Funeral Home

Place of Service Saint Mary Magdalen

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Ann Marie Simons. age 57, of Beach Lake PA passed away on Saturday, March 30th at the Ellen Memorial Health Care Center.  She was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, and teacher.

Ann Marie was born on September 24, 1966, to Margaret Jean (Hessling) Gilhool and the late Harold Gilhool.  She graduated from Honesdale Catholic School, Honesdale High School, and East Stroudsburg University where she earned a degree in early childhood and elementary education.  After college, she began her teaching career in the Wallenpaupack School District where she met and married her husband, Robert Simons on August 1, 1992.

In addition to teaching history, Ann Marie also enjoyed coaching basketball and Forensics where she led students to become State Champions who then qualified to compete at the national level.  She went on to serve as Athletic Director at Wallenpaupack High School and was an active member of PSADA (Pennsylvania Athletic Directors Association).  Ann Marie was also on the Board of Directors of the Honesdale Golf Club and served as President of the Hilltop Village Association.  She was devout in her faith and a member of St.  John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church where she served hours of Eucharistic Adoration.

Ann Marie had an innate ability to always put others first.  Her radiant smile, generous heart and compassionate spirit were always felt. Although we mourn her loss, her legacy of love, service and faith will carry on in the many lives she touched.

Ann Marie is survived by her husband, Robert Simons; her daughter, Bridget Donovan and husband, Scott; and her grandchildren; Ryan and Emma Donovan.

Additional survivors include her mother, Margaret Gilhool; brother, Joseph Gilhool and wife, Dana; sister, Christine Collins and husband, Kevin; her nieces and nephews, Meghan, Brennan and Madison Gilhool and Grace and Kieran Collins.  She also leaves behind many cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Ann Marie was preceded in death by her father, Harold Gilhool as well as her in-laws, Earl and Ruth Simons.

A visitation will be held at the Hessling Murray Funeral Home at 428 Main Street in Honesdale on Thursday, April 4th from 4:00-7:00.

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Ann Marie’s life will be held at St.  Mary Magdalen Church on Friday, April 5th at 10:00 am.

Her family would like to thank the staff of Wayne Memorial Hospital, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, and Hospice of the Sacred Heart for the excellent care given to her.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to The Ann Marie Simons Sportsmanship Scholarship.  Please mail to: Robert Simons at 80 Clemen V.  Muller Street, Beach Lake PA18405 or Dyberry Day Camp C/O ARC of Wayne County P.O. Box 1121, Honesdale, PA 18431.


May she rest in peace.