SIMMONS, Margaret Mary "Eileen"

Margaret Mary “Eileen” Simmons (née Healey) passed away peacefully on April 16, 2021 at Hillsdale Estates, Oshawa in her 98th year.  Born October 24, 1923 in Stoco, Ontario, Eileen was predeceased by her parents, Dennis and Myrtle Healey (née Killoran), her husband Thomas, sons Patrick and Matthew, and brother Gerald.  Eileen, aka “St. Eileen” to her children, leaves behind her beloved daughters, Joanne Stycuk (Peter), Margaret and Ellen Simmons.  She was the much-adored Nana to Tim (Juli), Kathy (Scott), Alison (Scott), Peter Michael (Stephanie), Jonathan (Samantha), Stefan (Catherine), Mark and Luke and Great Nana to Nataley, Mya, Canyon, Faith, Ryerson, Leighton, Holly, Charlotte and Madelyn Eileen.  She will be missed by many nieces and nephews and sister-in-law, Mary Healey.  After a life devoted to family, Eileen eventually found time for things she enjoyed and which kept her mind active.  A graduate of the secretarial program at O’Neill Collegiate in Oshawa, Eileen’s interests often focused on the written word, which included her own award-winning penmanship.  She took to solving crossword puzzles at age 75 and developed her own crossword dictionary which honed her Scrabble skills.  That gave way to word search books.  More recently playing (and winning) bingo was a favourite pastime with her daughters.  Eileen was a loyal friend, a cheerful and pleasant personality, until you got her ‘Irish up’.  Small in stature, she was a giant of generosity to all who crossed her path.  The family wishes to acknowledge the compassionate care provided by Hillsdale Estates - Strawberry Fields home area staff, especially Eileen’s special angels.  We salute your unsung work in our underfunded public long-term care system.  A lifelong member of St. Gregory the Great parish, Eileen’s dignity, deep faith and fidelity to family and friends are among the gifts she leaves us.

 With heavy hearts we say a final, “God Bless (GB) you, Mum”.

 Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family will hold a private visitation and funeral service at McINTOSH-ANDERSON-KELLAM FUNERAL HOME LTD., 152 King St E., Oshawa (905-433-5558) with interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 355 Taunton Rd E, Whitby.  For online condolences, please visit  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada - Durham Northumberland Chapter (1-800-268-7582) or to the SickKids Foundation (1-800-661-1083) are greatly appreciated.


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  • Apr 18, 2021

    Mary & Duncan MacDonald
    Dear Joanne,
    Sending blessings and comfort to you & your family on this day of your Mum's passing. We remember Eileen fondly, especially when she met my Mom so many years ago. They had lunch together on our deck, and then El & I left them chatting in our livingroom, and watching All My Children until we got back home from work. I hope Eileen & my Mom are planning a little chat with a cup of tea together in heaven as they watch over all of their children. 🙏🙏
    Love, Mary & Duncan💕
  • Apr 18, 2021

    ❤🙏The Cortese family
    Joanne  sending lots of love and hugs to you and your family❤🙏🤗 Frank and Josie Cortese  family 💕
  • Apr 18, 2021

    Anne and Frank Zochodne
    Joanne, Margie, Ellen
    We both have great memories of your mother and father.  Shall keep you in our prayers. A mothers love shall never die.
    Anne and Frank
  • Apr 18, 2021

    Wayne Stovell
    Dear Joanne, Magoo and Ellen.
    Oh boy, where to begin. What a wonderful woman your mom was. She always seemed to have a grand time when our parents got together. Your mom was also in my mom's wedding party in 1951 and I have also never forgot that your dad was my Godfather. We had some fun times many years ago.
     I am very sorry to hear of her passing, and do send heart felt condolences to you all. Cousin Ruth  sent me an email today. I'm glad she did. I'd be down there in a heartbeat if I could. I'm pretty sure you know that.
    Big hugs to all.
  • Apr 18, 2021

    Anne (Stovell)Venning
    Dear Joanne, Marg & Ellen,
    Oh, what wonderful times our families had together back in the day. You and your parents were like family to us. We had many happy days together.
    I know your many fond memories will bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead. "They" are always with us...
    Sending love & prayers to you always.
  • Apr 18, 2021

    The Azzano Family
    Dearest Joanne, Marg & Ellen,
    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved mother. Such a wonderful woman, and the greatest testament to her legacy is her three wonderful daughters, who will continue to shine after her passing.  Memories, of which you have so many, will be of great comfort to you. Our deepest condolences to your entire family, we are thinking of you all. 
    Linda and Dino
  • Apr 18, 2021

    Betty Huider
    Dear Joanne and Family,
    My Condolences and prayers go out to you and your family. I am thinking of all of you at this time, May you take some comfort in your fond memories . 
    May God bless all of you. 
    Betty Huider
  • Apr 18, 2021

    Hillsdale Estates Family Council
    Our sincere condolences on your loss!
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Edward Johansen
    Deepest condolences to the whole family.  Remembering the good times we had together..
    God bless
    Ed Johansen 
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Imelda Jones
    Dear Joanne Margaret and Ellen 
    I am so sorry to hear of Eileen's passing . What a wonderful lady she never complained and was always alert.
    I loved visiting her and bringing Communion when she was unable to go to the chapel
    I have really missed her with this COVID keeping us away from Hillsdale .
    Her faith was so strong I feel sure she went straight up into Gods loving arms.
    It will be very hard for you girls to loose such a special MUM my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time 
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Anne Brady
    Joanne, Marg and Ellen,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your families on the death of your mother, Eileen.  She was a kind and gentle woman, always particular about her appearance and a wonderful mother as evidenced by your amazing devotion to her.  Wish I could be with you to give all of you a big hug.  Love, Anne
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Ruth Nicholls
    Ellen, Marg, Joanne and family,
    I want to offer to all of you my deepest sympathy at this difficult time.  Your mother was truly a lovely woman - kind and so thoughtful.  She dealt so stoically with all of the difficulties she faced, this woman of deep faith.  I hope you know I would be with you if I could.  All of you are in my prayers.
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Roger Silva
    My condolences to you and yours.
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Denise Dumais Diltz
    Very sorry to hear about your mom passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family. I'm sure your mom and my dad (David Dumais) are playing bingo in heaven together….
    Take care
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Shelley Martin
    Dear Ellen and family, 
    On behalf of the Thibeau family, I want to extend our sincere condolences. Ellen, I have sure missed the updates on your Mom this past year and extreme love and admiration in your eyes when you spoke about her. I am sure she was an amazing Mom as well as an amazing soul! 
    Take care! 
    Agnes Thibeau, Shelley Martin and Jacky Jordan. 
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Laurie West
    Dear Ellen,
    I am so very sorry to hear your Mom has passed, no matter the age, it's never easy when our loved ones leave us.  Your Mom sounds like a wonderful woman, you will treasure your memories and she'll always be close by... in your heart.
    Love Laurie xo
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Ellen to you and your family, losing a Mom is so saddening, my sincere and heartfelt condolences.  
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Allyssa Millard
    Dear Ellen, 
    My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
    It is truly terrible to hear of the loss of your mother, and in this sorrowful time I would like to extend to you my heartfelt condolences.
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Tina MacPherson
    Dear Ellen,
    I'm so very to hear about your Mom's passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Jennifer Vigneault
    Dear Ellen and Family, 
    Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss, my heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time.
    Jennifer Vigneault
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Sheila Hazell
    Dear Ellen and family, my deepest condolences on the loss of the matriarch of your family. May peace and comfort be your constant companion as you say farewell to your beloved Mum.
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Charlotte and Larry Brisco
    Dear Ellen, Joanne, and Marg,
    Larry and I are so very sorry to hear about your beloved Mum. Mrs. Simmons was such a lovely woman who was always so welcoming and friendly whenever I met her. She was always genuinely interested in knowing about your friends and had a keen memory for details. This always amazed me. She was very kind to me when I lost my son Michael which is something I will always remember.
    I was always impressed that she raised such wonderful women who have inherited her social graces and love for family and friends. The world is a little dimmer now that she is gone.
    I hope that she continues to play her word search and crossword puzzles and most of all that she beats my Dad at BINGO. 
    Sending you Women of Simmons lots of love and big hugs.
    God Bless,
    Charlotte and Larry
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Sabrina Sheldrick
    Ellen, I'm really sorry to hear about your mom.  Like Shelley said, it was so nice to hear your stories about your mom when we'd gather in the kitchen at work.  She sounded like an amazing person and you were lucky to have her with you for such a long time.  My condolences to you and your family. 
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Laura Pascoe
    Dear Ellen and family,
    I never met your mother but it was always a pleasure to hear your anecdotes about her and the fun times the “Simmons women” shared together. What a warm and loving family your mother fostered. 
    It is said that when a flower blooms once, its beauty lives on forever in the hearts of all who experienced it. 
    May you and yours find comfort in your memories of your dear mother.
    Thinking of you, Ellen.
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Enzo & Erminia Mancuso
    Dear Ellen,
    Our thoughts are with you and your family during this very sad time!
    With deepest sympathy.
    Enzo & Erminia Mancuso
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Marty White
    Dear Ellen, Marg and Joanne
    The "Women of Simmons" may be down a member here on earth, but I am sure your Mum will oversee future gatherings to ensure they run smoothly. 
    Chin up, smiles wide, great memories last forever.
    Marty and my crew
  • Apr 19, 2021

    Christine and Mark McFalls
    El, Marg and Joanne
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mom.  A lovely lady who has three very caring and beautiful daughters.  My you find comfort in all the wonderful memories of the times you had together.  Big hug!
    Christine and Mark
  • Apr 20, 2021

    Carol & Andy Clarke
    Joanne & Family
    Our deepest condolence.
    Losing our mothers & best friend
    Is so heart breaking. May she RIP sending you and family
     big hugs❤️ God Bless 
  • Apr 20, 2021

    Ranie Purushuttam
    My sincere condolences to you and family Ellen. May peace be with your Mother!
  • Apr 20, 2021

    June Daniels-Lee
    Ellen, my condolence to you and your family at the passing of your beloved Mother. 
  • Apr 20, 2021

    Pattie Weatherill
    My sincere condolences to The Women of Simmons and the entire family. 
  • Apr 20, 2021

    Yvonne Laurent
    Ellen, to you and your family, my sincere condolence. 
  • Apr 20, 2021

    Margaret Abela
    My deepest sympathy Ellen.  May God bless and comfort you in the days ahead.
  • Apr 20, 2021

    Bill and Darlene Temple
    Joanne and Peter
    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your dear Mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers 
  • Apr 20, 2021

    Frank and Silvana Longo
    Our sincere condolences to you Joanne,Marg, Ellen and families on the loss of your dear Mom. 
    Rest in Peace Mrs Simmons,  
  • Apr 21, 2021

    Marjorie Cameron
    Ellen and family,
    So sorry to hear of the lost of your dear mother. 
    Condolences to the family.
  • Apr 21, 2021

    Dear Ellen and family,
    I like to convey my sincere condolences to you and your family, in this time  of sadness, I will keep you and your love one in my Prayer, may the Lord our God Provide the necessary comfort and strength to endure the sorrow in the days ahead.
    With deepest sympathy 
    Antonio Ciciarelli 
  • Apr 21, 2021

    Vanitha Ethiraju
    To Ellen and the whole family
    My deepest condolences to all of you, sending you love and light during this difficult time.
  • Apr 22, 2021

    Nancy Nicholls
    Dear Marg, Ellen, and Joanne,
    Thinking of you at this sad time. 
    You took such good care of your mom and I know your mom enjoyed many hours with you and always felt your love.
    Your mother was a strong woman of faith and will be missed.
    Take some comfort in the fact that you were there for her in the good times and the bad.
    Sorry I cannot be with you today.
    God bless you, Love,
  • Apr 22, 2021

    David & Tanja Courtney
    Dear Ellen
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Mother.
    We are thinking of you and your family.
    Dave and Tanja Courtney 
  • Apr 22, 2021

    So sorry to read about the passing of Eileen. I use to be her PSW when she was living in the Condo on Elgin.  Always a kind and soft spoken woman.  I enjoyed many a visit with her.
    My sympathies to her family.
  • May 2, 2021

    John & Isabel Smegal
    Dear Joanne, Ellen and Marg,
    Our sincerest condolences to you and your families. Eileen was a wonderful person and will be missed by everyone who knew her and loved her. God bless you all during this very difficult time.
    Love John and Isabel Smegal 

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