Clara M. Simons

Feb. 14, 2018 — Clara M. Simons, 83, of Springfield and formerly of Florence, passed away Feb. 9, 2018, at Brookdale Buck Creek.

She was born in Springfield on Oct. 31, 1934, the daughter of Clarence E. and Bertha M. (Miller) Kramer.

She attended grade school at St. Bernard and graduated from Catholic Central in 1952. She worked as a legal assistant for 21 years in Springfield, Columbus, Miami, Florida and St. Croix Virgin Islands.

When she returned to Dayton, she was employed in the prosecutor’s office and then transferred to the Support Enforcement Agency as an administrative assistant to the director.

She retired in 1994 and moved to Florence in 1996.  She spent several years traveling between Florence and Hot Springs Village, Ark.

In 2005, she moved back to Florence as she wanted to live where she had the ocean and beach.

She did a lot of traveling with her dear friend and companion, Joe Bugner.

She volunteered at St. Mary-Our Lady of the Dunes Church in Florence. Each year, she worked for the annual Relay for Life and was the co-chair for the registration committee. 

Survivors include her nieces and nephews: Debbie (John) Ferris, Barb (Dan) McBlane and Roger (Phyllis) James. 

She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Elsie Shanahan and Dorothy James; and one brother, Clarence E. Kramer, Jr.

Her family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Brookdale Buck Creek and Brookdale Hospice.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday in St. Raphael Church. 

Visitation will be one held in Conroy Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 17, beginning at 9 a.m.

Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society or St. Raphael Church.


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