Dolores J. (Rill) Simburger, 89, of Hillsboro, formerly of Mt. Olive, died on February 13, 2021, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was born on November 11, 1931, to Phillip and Bertha (Enos) Rill.
Dolores attended Hillsboro Elementary and High School. She married Lawrence Simburger Jr. on February 26, 1949. She was a member of the Mt. Olive P.T.A. and the Women’s Democratic Party Club, where she served as President for one year.
Dolores enjoyed riding motorcycles at a younger age and referred to herself as the “real” Harley mama. She enjoyed line dancing, crocheting, gardening, and canning. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan especially rooting for catcher Yadier Molina. Dolores would wear her Cardinal shirt with Yadi’s name and number and loved to chant “Yadi, Yadi, Yadi,” while watching the games. She also enjoyed sitting outside in her backyard where many times she could listen and watch the Hillsboro football team and track team practice and play their games or listen to the band play.
Dolores’s biggest joy, by far and away, was her family. She was a dedicated mother and was the loving matriarch of six children, nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Her love for all was unconditional; her arms always extended for those that needed comfort or just a big hug. She was genuine, feisty at times, and always humble. A large part of her extended family were the friends of her children, who affectionately called her “Ma”. They entered her home greeted with a hug and left her home with another hug. You could rarely leave without having something to eat. Nor was it unusual for Dolores to have her children’s friends staying all night at her house and then waking up to a tasty breakfast in the morning. Her husband Lawrence was never sure who would show up at the breakfast table!
At Dolores’s request, there will be no visitation. A service for the immediate family will be given graveside by Father Thomas Hagstrom of the Mt. Olive St. John Paul II parish. Burial will be at the Mt. Olive Cemetery on Saturday, February 20 at 11 a.m.
Survivors include her children, Donna Senaldi and husband Norm of Manchester, MO, Steven Simburger and wife Cindy of Hillsboro, Robert Simburger and wife Robyn of Collierville, TN, Tom Simburger of Mt. Olive, Norman Simburger of Warner Robins, GA, and a daughter-in-law, Janet Simburger of Benld. Her grandchildren include, Tim (Jane) Senaldi of St. Peters, MO and their children Kailyn, Jake, and Alex; Angie Little of Manchster, MO, her children Dustin, Brianna, and Devann, and grandchildren Trenton and Heaven; Sara (Ryan) Grieshaber, their children Nathan, Alayna, and Colin; Joel (Suzanne) Simburger of Lombard, IL; Jennifer (Michael) Schroeder of Monticello and their children, Maisy and Emelia; Erica (Nicholas) Rawls of Shawnee, Kansas and their children Cassandra and Christian, Lauren (Clint) Cravens of Litchfield; and Taylor and Blake Simburger of Benld.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lawrence; her son, Loren; brother, Harry Rill; three sisters, Violet Martin, May Huber and Lauretta Short; one sister-in-law, Bonnie Rill; and four brothers-in-law, Bernard Simburger, Peter Martin, Elza Short, and Clifford Huber.
The family suggests memorials to The American Diabetes Association. Becker and Son Funeral Home are providing the arrangements.