TROY –Ardenia A. Simmons, 93 of Jacob Street, Troy, passed away on Monday April 15, 2019 at Albany Medical Center surrounded by her family.
Born in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Francesco “Frank” De Mizio and Diamonte De Mizio (née Damiano). She was the loving wife to Pasquale “Patrick” Simmons, who predeceased her in 1987.
Ardenia worked as the Campus Life Supervisor for the Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing from 1971-1993. She enjoyed traveling with friends and family and was an incredible cook – her tomato sauce and pizza were second to none! Following the passing of her son Jonathan in 2005, Ardenia raised his three youngest children into the men they are today. She cherished visits with her great-grandchildren and looked forward to spending Sundays with longtime family friend Donald Vitaliano. Ardenia’s quick wit, strength, wisdom and friendship will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Ardenia is survived by her children Ralph Simmons of Troy and Elizabeth Lister (James) of West Sand Lake, her grandchildren Tara Simmons (Michael Damiano), Jonathan Simmons (Emily), Christopher Lister (Hanna Cadman), Raymond Simmons, Patrick Simmons, Ryan Simmons, and her sister Jean Koehler. Surviving great-grandchildren include Marisa Damiano, Joshua Simmons, Madelyn Simmons and Zah’myha Simmons. She was predeceased by her son Jonathan P. Simmons, her granddaughter Jennifer Lynn Lister, her brother Alfred De Mizio and sister Lucy Pizzemento.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 9:30 am on Tuesday April 23, 2019 at the Historic St. Mary’s Church on Capitol Hill, 10 Lodge Street, Albany. Burial will follow at St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Family and friends are invited and may call from 4 to 7 pm on Monday April 22, 2019 at McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109thStreet and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html and the Paralyzed Veterans of America at https://secure.pva.org/default.aspx?tsid=7541 .
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