Leslie Ann Simon, restaurant manager, designer

Leslie Ann Simon, a devoted wife, mother, Nonna and friend, died Thursday, February 10, 2022, with her husband and daughter by her side in Rehoboth Beach. At 62, her family lost her far too soon, in a fierce battle with cancer.

Daughter of Fred and Louise Kammerdiener (deceased) of Clymer, Pennsylvania, Leslie was born on October 13, 1959 in Somerset, Pennsylvania. As a teenager, Leslie was very active in school politics and athletics. A 1977 Penns Manor graduate, Leslie was the star of the group as the team’s only fire-baton twirler and was also crowned Princess Pinecone.

A force in the hospitality industry, Leslie has managed numerous restaurants including The Gingerbread Man, Omni Catering, The Grapevine, The Ground Round and Italian Oven (Indiana and Greensburg, PA). At the height of his career, Leslie designed and led the construction of two restaurants: Chiquita’s in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Cafe 701 in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Leslie was a steadfast supporter and passionate advocate of COVID vaccinations, and at her request, that passion will continue through the works of her husband and daughter. She was also passionate about saving the environment and all the creatures that inhabit it. A favorite pastime of her and her husband, the two shared a love of sea glass, which eventually brought them home to Rehoboth Beach.

Leslie created a beautiful setting wherever she was. Interior design came naturally to her, and with her husband, Sid, their masterful landscaping was appreciated by all who saw it. Leslie loved all things green, and at this point the family asked anyone reading this to consider planting something in her honor.

Princess, Lefty-Ann, Baby Girl, Fire Twirler, Leslie Ann – these were the names most often used by her beloved husband, Sid. Having met at a fire station dance on June 25, 1975, and until they were physically incapacitated, they continued to dance through the years, celebrating a love that would stand the test of time. Married on July 16, 1977 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Sid and Leslie shared 44 years together as husband and wife. Music has always been a common love between them, and it was “their song”, sung by her husband, that would be the last thing she would hear on this Earth.

Leslie was a devoted mother to Chanel Simon and an incredibly proud Nonna of her grandson Kai Ludwig. She was the sister of Tim and John Kammerdiener and Julie Shrum, and was blessed to be loved by many cousins, nieces, nephews, her favorite uncle Chuck (deceased) and her chosen family: her dear friends.

At Leslie’s request and in keeping with her passion for the outdoors, friends are invited to gather at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home, 500 Ben Franklin Road S., Indiana, Pennsylvania no later than 9:30 a.m. Thursday February 1st. 17. A procession will depart from there to Oakland Cemetery for an hour-long visitation to the grave from 10-11 a.m. with the funeral service to follow immediately.

For out of town guests, a group rate at the Hilton Garden Inn IUP, 714 Pratt Drive, Indiana is booked under the services of Leslie Simon.

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