In Memory of

Geraldine

Mae

Sime

Obituary for Geraldine Mae Sime

Geraldine M. Sime, known affectionately as Geri to her friends and loved ones, took her final bow on December 2, 2023, at the spirited age of 90. Born on March 19, 1933, in Freeport, Ill., to Donald and Natalie (Anderson) Smith, Geri's zest for life was as contagious as her laughter, which she shared generously with all who had the pleasure of crossing her path.

Geri graduated from Freeport HS in 1951 and attended Grinnell College before graduating from the University of Illinois in 1955. She married Claude Sime, Jr. in 1956, and together they raised five children, residing in Colorado Springs, Colo., Freeport and eventually Madison, Wis. As a family they were an active bunch, skiing, canoeing, hiking and spending time at Don and Natalie's home on Pleasant Lake. 

Despite being busy with her children, Geri always made time to volunteer and support the community in which she lived, delivering meals on wheels, reading to those without sight, or helping at a park. In addition, her love for the stage saw her actively participating in community theater well into her 70s in various cities including Madison, Milwaukee, and the Lake Country area.

When her children were grown, Geri worked more outside of the home. For many years, she was employed at Buffo Floral and Gifts (Madison), where she cultivated friendships and laughter alongside blooms and bouquets. She then took her talents to John Deere Credit Services, from which she retired.

In 1994, Geri married George Blondin and together they enjoyed many years traveling together and spending winters in Dunedin, Fla.

Geri also found a stage in nature, with the great outdoors her audience. This love for the outdoors was evident in the way she would take to the trails for her daily walks. At age 78 she fulfilled her life-long dream to see Africa and elephants in the wild on a two-week safari. 

As the final curtain call approached, Geri took her bow in Oconomowoc, Wis., with grace and dignity. She exited the stage with the same poise and humor with which she lived her life. Those she leaves behind will miss her kind and generous spirit, and unforgettable laugh. Her legacy is not one of solemnity but of laughter, love, and generosity. 

Geri was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Natalie, granddaughter Margaret Sime, husband George Blondin, and her first husband, Claude Sime. She is survived by her children, son Jeff (Kim), daughters Lianne (Jeff) Schmidt, Sharon Sime, Dianne (Drew) Villaume, Leslie (Jim) Olson, sister Donna Gallagher, "brother" Robert Smith, grandchildren Zach (Kim) Schmidt, Kendall Schmidt (Scott Galpen), Andrew Villaume, Catherine and Jessica Olson, great-grandchildren August Schmidt and Tess Galpen, and adoring nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

Geri's family would like to thank the caring and compassionate staff at Azura Oconomowoc and St. Croix Hospice for the care and love they showed her. 

So here's to Geri, a woman who taught us that life doesn't have to be serious to be profound. May her laughter echo through the ages, and may her spirit continue to spread joy. She would love to join you on your next walk. 

"Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better." Albert Einstein

A celebration of Geri's amazing life will be held at Fox Brook Lodge at Fox Brook Park 2925 N Barker Rd. Brookfield, Wis. on January 14, 2024 from 12:00-3:00 p.m.  Donations to Milwaukee PBS, Friends of Retzer Nature Center,  or HAWS in Geri's memory are appreciated.