May 2020

Belinda Ann Simmers

July 6, 1952
May 4, 2020

Ponte Vedra Beach

Belinda Ann Simmers

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Belinda Ann (Berzonsky) Simmers, 67, of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, and Princeton Junction, NJ, passed away peacefully on May 4th, 2020, in Jacksonville, FL, with family by her side.  Belinda was born on July 6, 1952, to Norman and Olivia (Girolami) Berzonsky of Bakerton, PA.  She is predeceased by her parents and her brother, Norman Berzonsky, Jr.

Belinda earned a B.S. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as Masters degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and Johns Hopkins University.  She taught science in schools in Pennsylvania, Texas, Mississippi and Maryland.

Belinda married Thomas J. Simmers III on her birthday in 1974.  Together they have four children:  Dr. Erin Simmers Pearson (Erik) of Reno, NV; Thomas J. Simmers IV (Kelly) of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; Kristin A. Simmers of Bangkok, Thailand; Timothy D. Simmers of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. She also leaves behind four grandchildren: Jameson, Taylor, Fletcher and Fielding Simmers, all of Ponte Vedra Beach.

In addition to her immediate family, Belinda is survived by her sister, Brenda Mesaros (Robert) of Scottsdale, AZ as well as by nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.

She was a communicant at St. David the King Roman Catholic Church in West Windsor, NJ, and Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Belinda dedicated her life to her family. Time spent with them was her joy - especially outings to the beach and at all things Disney.  Her joy became magnified as her family expanded through marriage and grandchildren. She also loved to dance and in recent years had developed a particular affinity for English Country Dance.

Belinda was the quintessential mother.  She was a teacher to them, an example of all that is good in the world. She was a shepherd for them, protecting them and guiding them ever so gently.  She was her family’s greatest supporter, their greatest champion. She truly believed her family could achieve anything and that belief was one of the greatest gifts she gave them.

She was a strong woman of many talents: a home school educator, a science teacher, a lacrosse/soccer/baseball/basketball/band mom, a quasi-equestrian coach, a musician, a girl scout leader, a refuge for her family’s assortment of pets, an advocate for the disabled, a supporter of those in need, a doting grandmother, a loving friend and one of the most empathetic people this earth has ever known. We will miss her greatly.

Services will be private.  A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Remembrances may be made in her memory to the National Organization For Disorders of the Corpus Callosum, PMB 363, 18032-C, Lemon Dr., Yorba Linda, CA, 92886.  www.info@nodcc.org