Meryle Newbold Simon

Meryle Newbold Simon passed away Dec. 27, 2018. She was 86.

She is survived by her beloved children Peter Simon of Danbury, Conn., Nan Simon of Long Branch, N.J., and Ellen Simon of West Bath, Maine; and grandchildren Christopher Catanese, Corey Catanese and Rebecca Simon.

Meryle grew up in Southold, N.Y., on the North Fork of eastern Long Island. Following graduation from Southold High School, she attended SUNY/Oneonta. After graduating with a degree in education, she returned to Long Island and became a school teacher.

In 1958, she married John Simon, a classmate from Southold High School, settled in Peconic, N.Y., and had three children. She later lived in Northport, N.Y., and Coram, N.Y., both on Long Island.

Meryle suffered a stroke nearly nine years ago that left her seriously disabled. She did the best she could with her disabilities. Throughout her life she had a passion for games and, following the stroke, this is what she enjoyed doing most. Her favorites were Scrabble and Chinese checkers, which she managed to play up until the last few days of her life.

For much of her adult life Meryle struggled with mental illness. This was a huge challenge for her given the limited treatment options available. For this reason, we are requesting that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made for furthering research into treating mental illness or for the care of the mentally ill.

Some options for donations are: Mental Health America, Brain & Behavioral Research Foundation and National Institute for Mental Health.

Services were held Sunday, Dec. 30, at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold. The Rev. Jerri Schwarz officiated. Interment followed at Cutchogue Cemetery.

This is a paid notice.

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