Arthur and Marie Simermeyer, EgyptAir Flight 990 crash victims

November 04, 1999

A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 9531 Liberty Road, Randallstown, for Arthur F. Simermeyer, 72, and Marie V. Simermeyer, 60, the Randallstown couple who perished Sunday in the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990 in the waters off Nantucket, Mass.

Mr. Simermeyer, who was born in Yonkers, N.Y., and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., graduated in 1945 from Fordham Preparatory School. After serving a year in the Marine Corps, he earned his bachelor's degree from Fordham University in 1950.

He began his career in 1951 as a claims representative with the Social Security Administration, and later held posts with the agency in Cleveland and Charlottesville, Va.

He moved to Baltimore in 1968 to SSA headquarters, where he was later promoted to deputy commissioner.

Mr. Simermeyer, who retired in 1989, was instrumental in implementing the agency's use of toll-free telephone numbers.

An active communicant in the Randallstown church, Mr. Simermeyer volunteered at its soup kitchen and was a Eucharistic minister administering Communion to the sick and nursing home residents.

He was a member of Knights of Columbus Charles Borromeo Council 3960 and also volunteered at Beans and Bread. He was an avid woodcarver and enjoyed traveling.

The former Marie Vain was born and reared in Northeast Baltimore, and graduated from Catholic High School in 1957.

She met her husband at SSA, where she worked as an administrative assistant. The couple were married in 1962.

Mrs. Simermeyer enjoyed traveling and bowling with friends. She was an animal lover and was particularly fond of her poodles and Yorkshire terriers.

They are survived by a son, John W. Simermeyer of Finksburg, and four daughters, Kathy Mikolivich of East Northport, N.Y., Carol Cowan of Catonsville, and Maureen Sacratini and Kristin Driscoll, both of Finksburg.

Mr. Simermeyer is also survived by a brother, John L. Simermeyer of Camden, Maine.

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