Earl Simons

Earl Norman Simons

February 26, 1932 - March 15, 2021
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    Friday, March 19th, 2021 | 9:30am
    Friday, March 19th, 2021 9:30am
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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington, DC 20024


Earl Norman Simons, of Rockville, MD, passed away on Monday, March 15th, 2021 at the age of 89. Earl Simons lived a full, enriched life. His love for family, friends, work and community outreach was his passion and life long commitment. He touched the heart and soul of everyone around him with his beautiful smile, jolly laugh, and open arms. He dedicated his retirement years as a docent at the U.S. Holocaust Museum educating the public for which he was very proud.

He is survived by his children, Julie (Ira) Varhaftik, Shari Levy, Rosie Cooper, and Jon Levine; sister, Sophie (Howard) Ravis; grandchildren, Liza Varhaftik, Brendan Varhaftik, Gabriel Levy, Elly Levy, Samantha Sultan, Sean Siegel, Jessie Siegel, Holly Siegel, Jack Levine, Ben Levine, Nicholas Levine, and Grace Levine. He was predeceased by his wife, Francine Simons (nee Entler); and parents, Hyman and Sophie Simons.

A Virtual Funeral will be held on Friday, March 19th, 2021 at 9:30 am. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington, DC 20024.
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Sylvan and Lorrene

Posted at 11:01am
Julie and family.
We are very sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. May he rest in peace.

Rachel Goldfarb

Posted at 10:40am
I saw Earl every Wednesday at the Holocaust Museum. Earl was always upbeat. He was a joy to everyone. He gave is all in educating the visitors and making them aware of the impact of the Holocaust on humanity and especially the atrocities against the Jewish people. He had a true Jewish hart.
We walked together to the subway after our shift at the Museum. He always talked about his family, especially the grandkids.
He will be missed. I am sorry for your loss.

Betsy Kingery

Posted at 10:34am
Before the shut down Earl and I would share a beer (1/2 each) every now and again. He was allowed this weekly pleasure despite his heart condition. We planned to have a sloppy joe dinner together, a meal we both liked. I'm sad that didn't get to happen but I treasure every minute I spent with Earl in Board meetings, search committees and other gatherings. His and Fran's absence will be a hole in the fabric of Temple Shalom's community. May their memories be a blessing for their families and friends. I'll miss you my friend.

Mark Ross

Posted at 10:30am
I have fond memories of the times I shared with Earl while at Temple Shalom. Most recently (not so recently), I inherited the management of the Temple's Special Purpose Funds (which he inherited from Harvey Berger.)

During the transition of responsibilities, he provided a neatly, well organized set of materials which indicated his devotion and attention to detail for managing the funds, his perfect handwriting of the checks written and notations within the checkbook register.

Since that time, we maintained periodic contact and I regret not having taken him up on his offer of a private tour of the holocaust museum for which he was a docent.

I am witness to the legacy he left through the stories provided by Rabbi Kahn, Rabbi Ackerman and his loved ones during the service, especially his son.

I will miss him greatly, but clearly not as much as those closest to him, who have much to be proud of to be able to call him dad or pops. He left a great imprint on all those whose lives he touched and will live eternally through the memories held by them. I thank you for sharing him with me, the Temple Shalom community, and the rest of the community to which he devoted his life.

Leslie Rubin

Posted at 09:57am
Earl was such a wonderful person and had such a meaningful impact on so many people in this world. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to get to know and to work with Earl at Temple Shalom. He will be missed by me and by so many, many people. All of my memories of him make me smile.

Dorrie Ilana Sacks

Posted at 09:44am
Sending all of my love and deepest condolences to all closest to our dear Earl. He truly was the patriarch of our family, a beacon of light, and he will always be deeply loved, and never forgotten.

Michael Rubin

Posted at 09:37am
The word that comes to mind over and over again about Earl is simply: nice. He was nice. In every interaction with him. When I called to see how he was, he pivoted to see how I was. And how Leslie was. And how the boys were. He cared. He was kind. He was wise. He loved his synagogue community so much. And we loved him so much. He will truly be missed. And his name will always bring a smile.

Marty & Carolyn Shargel

Posted at 09:14am
Earl was such a sweet, lovely man, always glad to see you, offering good wishes for everyone. Our daughters, ages 57 and 54, also remember him fondly from all that time ago at Temple Shalom Sunday school. We will miss him.

Stacey Sutton

Posted at 08:48am
I work at the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Seeing Earl in the 'green room' always brightened my day. He always had a smile and a pep in his step that made me envious. My brother said that I should be glad to have known him and that he was imparting his wisdom on to the next generation so he was happy. I am. I am very glad and honored to have known Earl, but I will miss him.

cassia parson

Posted at 03:09pm
Julie and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on the loss of your beloved father and grandfather. We are thankful that we can share some of his memories with you and remember his smile and laughter and his love for all of you. Casey, Mitchell, Jory & Slade Parson

Susie Robertson

Posted at 01:08pm
To Julie and Shari-
My deepest sympathy to you and your families.
Your dad was always my favorite mensch ;)
With much affection, Susie Dobbs Robertson


Posted at 12:06pm
One of the finest, kindest and sweetest men I ever knew. It was a privilege to know him and an honor to be a proud member of his family. Needless to say we are heartbroken yet greatly enriched by the years of happy memories and all the love and wisdom that he gave. My deepest condolences to you Sophie, Julie, Shari, Ira and the rest of our loving family. I will never forget him.

Andrea R Levine

Posted at 10:44am
My mother and I are very sorry for your loss. We are sending you and your family our deepest sympathies during this very difficult time and wish that we could be there with you.

Dave Dobbs

Posted at 11:11pm
Earl was my neighbor for many years. I remember digging drainage ditches, painting walls, washing windows, babysitting and mowing his lawn since he had younger kids and as a teenager I was always looking to make a quarter. Always a polite and gentle gentleman who had my respect. Shalom my friend.

Georgea Sacher

Posted at 05:31pm

Eric S. Levy

Posted at 05:25pm
Julie, Ira, Shari, Rosie and Jon, and kids,

I'm so sorry about your loss. Your dad was a class act. His laugh was infectious, and no one will ever forget how he belly-laughed, particularly at the antics of his grandchildren.

He was devoted to social justice and making things right for everyone.

I hope you find comfort in each other and peace and joy in his memory.

Shelley Goldberg

Posted at 11:28am
Julie, Ira, and family,
Sending sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved Earl. I hope the wonderful memories will comfort you now and always.

Charlotte Forman

Posted at 10:00am
Julie & Ira,
Sending heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dad. May your cherished memories bring you comfort during this difficult time and for always.

Judy and Larry Campf

Posted at 09:57am
Julie, Ira and Family - Judy and I send our sincerest symapthies to you all.

The Macklin Family

Posted at 07:30pm
We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful, beloved dad and grandfather. We hope and pray the many happy memories you’ve shared over the years will help you during this difficult time. Thinking of you all.

Sandy Zeitzoff

Posted at 06:06pm
Sending condolences to you and your family. May your dad rest in peace.


Posted at 06:03pm
From the moment I transferred to my new job in the office where Earl worked, we became instant buddies. What fun we had in “Aisle B”! And because our February birthdays were just 3 days apart, we and 2 other office mates loved our annual Pisces Celebrations!

Earl was a creature of habit in so many ways - 1 of which was his Apple a Day (though he often packed 2 in his lunch).
He was organized, meticulous, funny, hard-working, and so much more.
And how he adored his girls, eventually the extended family through marriage, and oh, those darling grandchildren! We got running accounts and photos. He was so proud!

Throughout the years when Earl came over to Baltimore to volunteer at Summit Park, we often made plans to get to get together after school and before he drove back home. I will always treasure our wonderful dinners all those years.

I will miss Earl’s infectious smile, laugh, kindness, wisdom, and friendship.

Rest In Peace to a true Mensch ❤️

Florence Bank

Posted at 04:17pm
Words are inadequate to express my sorrow to you and your family upon your most profound loss. I will forever remember the twinkle in Earl’s eyes, his smile and his hugs. He will remain in my heart always as a very treasured friend. Wednesday afternoons at The Holocaust Museum will never be the same!
Florence Bank

Diane Posto;

Posted at 03:27pm
Julie and family,
My heart goes out to on the loss of your father May all the happy memories you have sustain you at the most difficult time. May his name always be for a blessing

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