Jean Busis Simon

Jean Busis Simon

SIMON: Jean Busis Simon passed away on October 16, 2022, at home in Sarasota, Florida. She was 96. Jean’s parents, David and Esther Busis; her husband, Harvey Simon; and her brother, Sidney Busis (Sylvia) preceded her in death.
Jean is survived by her sons, Kenneth (Janet Hahn), Edward, and Donald (Lea Black) Simon; her grandchildren, Eliza Simon (Micah Ratner), Jessica Daigle (Mark), and Zachary Simon (Lauree Tu); and her great-grandchildren, Caleb and Nathan Simon-Ratner, and Alexander and Claire Daigle.
Jean was born in Pittsburgh and lived there until she retired and started spending winters on Longboat Key, Florida with Harvey. She graduated from Peabody High School and attended the University of Michigan and the University of Pittsburgh, earning a BA and an MA in education.
Jean loved learning, reading, and sharing her knowledge. She taught kindergarten and first and second grade for more than 25 years in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, notably at Liberty, Fulton, and Davis elementary schools. After retiring in 1987, Jean became an expert on dinosaurs and led tours for schoolchildren at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. She also shared her passion for plants and flowers as a tour guide in Rodef Shalom’s Biblical Garden and at Selby Gardens in Sarasota. Jean traveled widely with her friends and husband until his death in 2000, and later with her companion, Sidney Simon, visiting nearly every state and more than 40 countries.
Jean was especially devoted to her family and friends. She regularly visited and hosted her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Warm, optimistic, and interested in others, Jean maintained lifelong friendships and made new friends easily. Jean loved to entertain, to garden and arrange flowers, to play social and competitive bridge (earning a Life Master), and to play mahjong. She regularly attended the symphony, theater, and ballet. No matter how busy Jean was, she always found time to volunteer, including for Hadassah, Rodef Shalom, Selby Gardens, and the Fund Shop at Plymouth Harbor.
The funeral will take place in Levy Hall, Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213, at 11 a.m., on Thursday, October 20, 2022. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. A private burial at West View Cemetery will follow. Shiva will also be at Rodef Shalom on Thursday, October 2022, with services at 7:00 pm. A Celebration of Life at Plymouth Harbor in Sarasota, Florida will take place on a date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jean’s memory may be made to Rodef Shalom’s Biblical Garden, Hadassah, or the Plymouth Harbor Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. PJC

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