Simone Ida Louise's Story
Simone Ida Louise Zalewski, 92, passed away on August 27, 2017 of natural causes.
Born on September 15, 1924 in Paris, France, she was the daughter of Marcelle and Alphonse Noel who raised her in France. Her father was a renowned commercial artist.
Simone grew up during the world-wide great depression and endured the German occupation in France during World War II. It was after the Germans were forced out of France by the Allies that she met her husband Edward who was assigned to the Quartermaster Corps in the U.S. Army. They wed in Paris, France on April 2, 1946 with Simone wearing U.S. Army issued army boots. The Jeep they drove to their wedding reception was nick-named Dianne and this later inspired the name of their first daughter. Being a World War II war bride, Simone was transported back to the United States via a separate ocean liner from her husband. She arrived in New York two weeks before Ed, and was met at the pier by Ed’s mother Marianna and sister Josephine. Several years later Simone and Ed began raising three children, (Dianne, Alan, and Denise) in Paramus, New Jersey. In 1956, when Ed took an engineering position at Western Electric in North Andover, they moved to Groveland, Mass.
During the 1960’s Simone became a middle school French teacher for the Pentucket Regional School System, West Newbury, where she also worked in the Language Lab. During the summer of 1966 Simone attended Harvard University Graduate School of Education Newton, MA campus and completed Current Methods of French in the Secondary School course with honors.
In 1980, Simone retired with her husband Ed to Tarpon Springs, Fla. where they enjoyed a high quality of life with family and great friends. They traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad.
She is survived by two daughters, Dianne Higgins of Lake Mary, Fla., and Denise Zalewski of Weston, Fla.; and her son, Alan Zalewski and his wife, Andrea of Pelham, N.H. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Jennifer and Jill Zalewski; a grandson, Kyle Higgins; a great-granddaughter, Anastasia Rose Nasr, a niece, two nephews, and a cousin, who still lives in France.
A private family gathering and service will be held later this month. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Published on  September 14, 2017