Born On: January 27, 1928

Passed On: September 26, 2020

Vivian Garman Simonelli

Vivian Simonelli was welcomed into the arms of Jesus, her Lord and Savior, on September 26, 2020 at the age of 92. She died from complications of Covid-19. Vivian was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Louis Marino Simonelli.

Vivian Garman Simonelli was born on January 27, 1928 in Chicago to Stanley and Agnes Garman from Muskegon, Michigan. She spent most of her vibrant life in Muskegon, enjoying relatively good health and extending love to everyone she met.

Vivian Simonelli is survived by her four children: Louis Simonelli, Jr. and his wife, Kim, from Muskegon; Lori Cramblet and her husband, Dave ,of Crestview, FL; Annette Nash of Grand Haven, MI; and Catherine Hommes of Ipswich, MA. Vivian was the loving grandmother of eight grandchildren: Tony, Joey and Emma, Rocky, and Samantha Simonelli of Muskegon; Matthew and Keisha Cramblet of Pensacola, FL; Jared and Kelby Cramblet of Destin, FL; Kristin and Jim Fuller of Baker, FL; Aaron and Kelly Nash of Fort Meyers, FL; Peter and Joleen Nash of Grand Haven, MI; Eden and Mike Huma of Healdsburg, CA; Ariel and Justin Paulissian of Batavia, IL; and Christian and Hilary Hommes of Nashville, TN. Grandma Simi was the proud great grandma of eleven great grandchildren: Easton, Ainsley, Ocean, Braydon, Bryce, Ashur, Silas, Christian, Juniper, Gabriel, and Elliot. Mrs. Simonelli is also survived by her brother, Julius Garman of Windimere, FL.

Vivian Garman was a graduate of Muskegon Heights High School and Hackley Hospital School of Nursing. Vivian retired from Muskegon Community College School of Nursing where she was a popular nursing instructor. Vivian was a member of Calvary Memorial Church and for many years worked with Child Evangelism Fellowship.

At her home on Holton Road, Vivian exercised her exceptional gift of hospitality from morning to night by answering the door with a warm smile, offering a cup of coffee, cookies and her undivided attention to family members, life-long friends, neighbors and Meijer shoppers who stopped by before or after a grocery run. For Vivian had an endless capacity for love, generosity, and joy that drew others to her like a magnet, a River of Living Water that flowed from her due to her intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Her life of prayer and love for the Word of God continued during her last four years while living in Christian Care Assisted Living. There she played the role of official greeter to new residents, read the Bible to and prayed over the sick and the dying, and checked on her fellow residents each night to make sure they were tucked in.

We, your family, are so very grateful for the 92 years of sharing your life and love with us! We, your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren can truly say that you fit the description of a ‘godly woman’ as described in Proverbs 31: 26 – 31

She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fear the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

You are greatly loved and will be desperately missed.

Due to the challenges of the pandemic, no services are scheduled for this time. The family plans to hold a celebration of Vivian’s life in the summer.

For those who wish to express their sympathy through a donation, you are invited to contribute to one of the following charities:

  • Team Silas ( a charity to support the medical care of Vivian’s 4 year-old grandson, Silas Hommes who suffers multiple disabilities from Angelman Syndrome

  • Kids’ Lives Matter (charity established by Vivian’s grandson, Aaron Nash to rescue children from the horrors of sex trafficking)

  • Kentucky Mountain Mission (a mission that Lou and Viv supported throughout their lives), or mail any donations to Kentucky Mountain MIssion, PO Box 588, Beattyville, KY 41311



8 thoughts on “Vivian Garman Simonelli

  1. Sharon & Abe Pera

    We came to Muskegon in 1979 when Abe Joined another Christian family physician there, whom we’d met through Vivian’s daughter, Cathy, and her husband, Phil. Upon meeting Vivian and Lou, you could say it was “love at first sight!” The embrace we received from both Vivian and Lou led us to call them our “adopted parents”. Among the many times we were welcomed into their home, Thanksgiving at their place truly felt like being home. Lou’s dry humor and gentle gruffness coupled with Vivian’s smile, good cheer, and bubbly personality made them a great match and fun to be around.
    We know you all are grieving the loss, but the future is BRIGHT as we look forward to joining her and all those we know and love in God’s presence….WE CAN ONLY IMAGINE!

  2. Colleen Hunt

    This is a beautiful tribute to a woman who was loved by so many.
    Aunt Viv loved me from the moment I was born! And I was so blessed by it. My family has always been sure of her care for us, expressed in so many kind and generous ways. Aunt Viv was extravagant in her giving and loving, as well as her commitment to pray for those she loved.
    Her service to others was born out of her passion for her Saviour. We know that Jesus welcomed Viv with a huge “well done”, and I imagine also a giant hug. Aunt Viv’s hugs were absolutely the BEST! We will miss her so very much. Our love to the entire Simonelli family ❤️

  3. Troy Kantola

    Vivian was a wonderful lady. I cannot remember an exchange with her where I did not leave feeling blessed. She was the one who led me to the Lord and I was a wee one at Calvary Memorial Church. The world is much less in her absence. But she is now with Jesus. My condolences for your loss.

  4. Len & MaryAnne Vandal

    We met Vivian at Sea Oats in Destin, FL as she rented an Efficiency Apartment down the boardwalk from our apartment.
    There she attended Destin Village Baptist Church! She enjoyed attending Sunday Services and Sunday School and the Women’s Bible Study on Wednesday mornings—Everyone loved Vivian ! She blessed us all with her loving and cheerful and kind personality! We love you Vivian and all your kind words! You were such a pleasure to be around! 💐🌹🌻🌷

  5. Lauri Wierda

    Awe was so sorry to hear of her passing today. Loved this lady my little hugger before Covid. I work at Meijer and would always take a hug from her! 💕😊 My condolences to the family. She was a beautiful lady inside and out!

  6. Martha Jane Webb

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Vivian was one of the dearest lady’s we have ever know. From the time I was a little girl visiting Calvary Memorial Church (with my aunt Ruth Kantola-Paul) to having her as an instructor at MCC, to seeing her in Meijer on her daily walks, to seeing her at Christian Care she reflected Jesus everywhere she went. She will be missed! Heaven gained an angel with a job well here on earth.

  7. Eloise Bowen

    Vivian Simonelli was a very kind, nuturing, and loving Christian lady. I grew up attending Calvary Memorial Church with the Simonelli family. They are all very kind people!!

    My regards, to all the family. She will be missed by all who her life has touched. We will see you soon, Vivian, to worship Jesus Face-to-face!!

  8. Mark and Debbie Gordon

    With our love and deepest sympathy to all of Vivian’s family. Vivian always greeted with a smile, was welcoming and gracious to all, and was interested in the concerns of others. May you all be comforted by God, and strengthened by his love and peace.


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