Jul 19, 2013

John J. “Jack” Simmerling

John J. “Jack” Simmerling, a longtime resident of Morgan Park, local business owner and renowned artist, died July 18. He was 77 years old.

Visitation will be held at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 9300 S. Pleasant Ave., on Monday, July 22, from 4 to 8 p.m., followed by a funeral Mass on Tuesday, July 23, at 11 a.m. Interment is private.

Simmerling is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marjorie; his sons, John (Julie) and Carlos; his daughters, Victoria (Christopher) Sobczak, Mary (Thomas Epting), Meg (Paul) Faeh; and his grandchildren, Katherine, John Andrews, Thomas, Matthew, Cary John, Stephen, Maria, Paul, Kalven Jack, Wilson Jack, Graham and Eliza.

He was preceded in death by his daughters Elizabeth and Catherine (Kirk) Shepherd.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Weill Cornell Medical College, Office of External Affairs, 1300 York Avenue, Box 314, New York, NY 10065, or weill.cornell.edu.
 For more information, contact Donnellan Funeral Home at (773) 238-0075 or donnellanfuneralhome.com.


  1. susan engle budashJuly 20, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    A kind and gentle man, as well as an excellent art teach.

  2. I had the pleasure of meeting him at a friend's party in Beverly. What a talented and lovely man who left us too soon.