Elizabeth Anne “Liz” Simmons died at home on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 under the care of her family and Lewis County Hospice.
Mrs. Simmons was born Aug. 9, 1951 in Auburn, New York, the daughter of the late Joseph A. and Mary (Matviak) Guszcza. Liz graduated from Central High School in Auburn, attended Auburn Community College and then graduated from Geneva School of Nursing. Liz met Clyde while working as a pediatric nurse at Auburn Memorial Hospital where Clyde was a respiratory therapist. They were married May 13, 1978 at St. Nicolas Russian Orthodox Church in Auburn. After they were married, Elizabeth was employed by Lewis County General Hospital as a Licensed Practical Nurse and retired to raise her two boys and be a homemaker.
Liz was passionate about her garden, loved cooking and baking new things, camping with family, traveling and in her later years enjoying restaurants, traveling near and far for the experience. When the sun was shining it usually meant a road trip was in the schedule, where she enjoyed sharing with all of her friends who followed her adventures online. She was a member of the Lowville American Legion #162 Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, Clyde, and their two sons and daughters-in-law, Adam and Kirsten Simmons, of Boston, MA; Daniel and Pamela of Saranac Lake; she also has one wonderful grandson, James Simmons; her two sisters, Susan Guszcza and her husband Martin Siracusa of Boston, MA; Mary Ellen and William Dittmar, of Auburn; her brother, Joseph and Terry Guszcza, of Walworth; nieces, Madeline Guszcza and Veronica Guszcza.
Calling hours for family and friends will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at Sundquist Funeral Home, where the Lowville American Legion Auxiliary will conduct a service at 2 p.m.
Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14, at the funeral home with the Rev. Ed Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in Martinsburg Cemetery.
Friends and family are invited for a celebration of life at the Lowville American Legion Post #162 following internment.
Memorials in Elizabeth’s name may be made to: LCGH, Attn: Fund for Hope, 7785 N. State Street, Lowville, NY 13367, or to a local charity of one’s choice.