IOWA ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF, INC.
"Concerned with the General Welfare of the Deaf of Iowa"

Updated  October 24, 2020

Linda R. (Simmonds-Weese) Hietbrink

July 8, 1946—September 20, 2020

Linda Rae (Simmonds) Hietbrink, 74, of Shenandoah, Iowa, entered into rest on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha.  Celebration of Life funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at 10:30 am at Cornerstone Fellowship Church with Pastor Roy Nelson officiating.  Open visitation and viewing will take place from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday, Sept. 25, with the family greeting relatives and friends from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service.  Burial will take place in the Omaha National Cemetery at 10:00 am on Monday, September 28, 2020.  Memorials in Linda's name are being directed to Cornerstone Fellowship Church. 

Linda Rae (Simmonds) Hietbrink, daughter of James Robert and June Elizabeth (Springer) Simmonds, was born on July 8, 1946 in Red Oak, Iowa.  She entered into eternal peace on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at   Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska following a brief illness at the age of 74 years, 2 months, 12 days.

Her   early   life was spent growing up in Emerson, Iowa, where Linda attended Emerson elementary. She attended Nishna Valley Jr./Sr. High School, graduating with the Class of 1964.

In 1966, Linda was united in marriage to Gary Weese.  They resided in South Carolina and later Underwood, Iowa.  They were blessed with a daughter, Jennifer Marie, in 1968 and a son, Jeffery Eldon, in 1970.   They divorced in 1983. 

In 1996, she met Larry Hietbrink and they were later married on January 25, 1997 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  Together they resided in Colorado, Missouri, and Iowa.   They moved to Shenandoah in 2018.

Throughout the years, Linda worked at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs from 1964 – 1975.   From 1976 – 1980 for H & R Block.  And from 1980 – 1985 she worked for the Shane Company.   From 1986 – 1998, she worked for Johnson Controls in Colorado.   In 1998, she went to work for the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center in Lakewood, Colorado until her retirement in 2007.

Her hobbies included gardening, quilting and drawing.   Linda also enjoyed going camping.  She was a member of the Red Hat Society while living in Cameron, Missouri.  Most of all, she loved being a grandma and a great grandma. 

Preceding Linda in death were her parents; and sister, Virginia.  Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Larry Hietbrink of Shenandoah, IA;  daughter, Jennifer Gibson and husband Ken of Colorado Springs , CO;  son,  Jeffrey Weese of Evergreen, CO;  step-daughter, Yvette Zacher and husband Mike of Strasburg, CO; 13 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; eight siblings, Ron Simmonds and wife Delores of Evanston, WY, Saundra Simmonds of Colorado, Springs, CO,  Roger Simmonds and wife Colette of Wasougal, WA, Mike Simmonds and wife Cindy of Shenandoah, IA,  David Simmonds and wife Libby of Junction City, KY, John Simmonds and wife Naomi of Red Oak,  IA, Rita Renz and husband Dave of Colorado  Springs, CO, and Tom Simmonds and wife Debra of Perryville, KY; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service, Shenandoah, Iowa handles her funeral arrangements.

Thanks to Terry Ann Fetz for the information.