Dolores J. Simburger, 89


Dolores J. (Rill) Simburger, 89, of Hillsboro, formerly of Mt. Olive, died on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

At her request, no visitation will be held. A private family graveside service will be held with Father Thomas Hagstrom of St. John Paul II Catholic Parish Church in Mt. Olive officiating. Burial will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, beginning at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Cemetery. Becker and Son Funeral Home in Mt. Olive is assisting the family.

Mrs. Simburger was born Nov. 11, 1931, to Phillip and Bertha (Enos) Rill. She married Lawrence Simburger, Jr. on Feb. 26, 1949, and he preceded her in death.

She attended Hillsboro elementary and high schools.

Mrs. Simburger was a member of the Mt. Olive PTA and the Women’s Democratic Party Club, where she served as president for one year.

During her younger years, she enjoyed riding motorcycles, and referred to herself as the “real” Harley mama. She enjoyed line dancing, crocheting, gardening and canning. An avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, she would wear her Yadier Molina Cardinals shirt and loved to chant, “Yadi, Yadi, Yadi” while watching the games. She also enjoyed sitting outside in her back yard, where many times she could listen and watch the Hillsboro football and track teams practice and play their games or listen to the band play.

Mrs. Simburger’s biggest joy, by far and away, was her family. She was a dedicated mother and was the loving matriarch of six children, nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Her love for all was unconditional, her arms always extended for those that needed comfort or just a big hug.

She was genuine, feisty at times, and always humble. A large part of her extended family were the friends of her children, who affectionately called her “Ma.” They entered her home and were greeted with a hug, and when they left, they were greeted with another. One could rarely leave without having something to eat. It was not unusual for her to have her children’s friends staying all night and then waking up to a tasty breakfast the next morning. Her husband was never sure who would show up at the breakfast table.

Mrs. Simburger is survived by her children, Donna (husband Norm) Senaldi of Manchester, MO, Steven (wife Cindy) Simburger of Hillsboro, Robert (wife Robyn) Simburger of Collierville, TN, Tom Simburger of Mt. Olive and Norman Simburger of Warner Robins, GA; daughter-in-law, Janet Simburger of Benld; grandchildren, Tim (Jane) Senaldi of St. Peters, MO, Angie Little of Manchester, MO, Sara (Ryan) Grieshaber, Joel (Suzanne) Simburger of Lombard, Jennifer (Michael) Schroeder of Monticello, Erica (Nicholas) Rawls of Shawnee, KS, Lauren (Clint) Cravens of Litchfield and Taylor and Blake Simburger, both of Benld; great-grandchildren, Kailyn, Jake, Alex, Dustin, Brianna, Devann, Nathan, Alayna, Colin, Maisy, Emelia, Cassandra and Christian;  and great-great-grandchildren, Trenton and Heaven.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; son, Loren; brother, Harry Rill; sisters, Violet Martin, May Huber and Lauretta Short; sister-in-law, Bonnie Rill; and four brothers-in-law, Bernard Simburger, Peter Martin, Elza Short and Clifford Huber.

Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.

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Phyllis Homa

I will miss you Aunt Dodo, our visits, phone calls and shopping sprees. RIP!

Wednesday, February 17