Peter Simonis


Peter A. Simonis, 58, of Defiance, passed away on April 5, 2014, at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was born on January 17, 1956, to Francis and Margaret (Beubien) Simonis in Defiance. On May 28, 1977, he married Debra K. (Shawver) Simonis.

Pete was a supervisor for Defiance County Environmental Services. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church where he was an active eucharistic minister. He loved his church. Pete was a 1974 graduate of Defiance High School and Four County Joint Vocational School. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus 1039, FOE 372, and AMVETS Post 1991. He was very patriotic. Pete loved his family and spending time with his grandsons. He was a NASCAR and Beatles fan. Pete loved playing the piano and his K-9 companion, "Jade."

He is survived by his wife, Debra; children, Kimberly (Jeremy) Couts of Paulding, Jackie (Justin Corwin) Simonis of Defiance, Dustin (Brittany Froelich) Simonis of Defiance; grandsons, Travis, Hunter, Conner and Izaac Couts; mother, Margaret Simonis of Defiance; siblings, Joe Simonis, Annette (Erwin) Schroeder, Pat (Mike) Vandemark, Jerry Simonis, and Greg Simonis, all of Defiance and Mark (Amy) Simonis of Ayersville; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Steve "Moni" Simonis.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Father Randy Giesige officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, where a rosary service will be held at 7 p.m.

The family suggests memorials be directed to St. Mary's Catholic Church. Online condolences can be given at

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  • Such a sad, terrible accident. Pete always had a smile, whistling, wave for all of us here at Werlor. Always great to see him, he made me smile everytime he came in, he will be missed.

    Condolances to his family and friendsĀ  Lori @ Werlor Inc