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Dena Simmerman, 93, of Midland, passed away on November 14, 2017 at Candlestone Assisted Living. She was born on November 28, 1923 in Vestaburg, MI to the late John and Mary (Schantz) Van Meter. On September 27, 1942 she married Ernest Simmerman.

Dena is survived by her husband, Ernest, children; Jean Sprague, Larry Simmerman, Becky (McGraw) Simmerman, Peggy Spencer, 8 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. She is also survived by Willabelle Van Meter, Betty Van Meter, Kale Marks, Wesley (Joanne) Simmerman.

Dena was predeceased by her daughter, Sue Spencer, siblings, Vera (Orville) Adams, Harvey (Lillian) Van Meter, Louis Van Meter, John (Rowena) Van Meter, and Melvin Van Meter.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, November 17, 2017 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home with Pastor Beth Hanson officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

The family of Dena would like to send a special thank you to Candlestone Staff for their wonderful care.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Nease Nazarene Church.

Online condolences can be left at smithminer.com.