Simon celebrates 90 years


RUSSIA — Martha Simon, of Russia, will celebrate her 90th birthday with a dinner with her children at the Versailles Inn and a card shower.

Friends and family may send cards to her at P.O. Box 97, Russia, OH 45363.

Simon was born, Dec. 5, 1926, in Fort Loramie, to the late Anna and Henry Bollheimer. She and the late, Shep (Harold) Simon were married, Nov. 20, 1948, in the St. Michael’s Church in Fort Loramie. They are the parents of four sons and three daughters-in-law, Ron and Laura Simon, Rick and Pat Simon and Bob Simon, all of Russia, and Doug and Paula Simon, of Tipp City, and four daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Allie Cordonnier, of Russia, Dianne and Jim Bitzer, of Dublin, Barb and Jon Meyer, of Minster, and Jacqui and Steve Rethman, of Fort Loramie. Simon has 23 living grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren. One other grandchild is deceased.

Simon and her husband were the owners of the Golden Lantern Restaurant of Russia for 25 years. They were recipients of the Restaurant of the Year Award for all of Miami Valley in 1984. In their earlier married life, they were the owners of Shep’s Place in Russia for many years. Simon served in many capacities in both business, beginning as a cook and bartender in Shep’s Place and serving as the hostess for the Golden Lantern, as well as keeping personnel records.

In her earlier years, she sewed for her children and also sewed cheerleading costumes for her daughters. Simon enjoys gardening, visiting in the Gathering Room in Russia, playing dominoes and Sudoku.

She is a member of the St. Remy Catholic Church in Russia.

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