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Jill Heineck

Class of 1993

Jill Cohen Heineck, '93, has been nominated as a candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2019 Woman of Year - Atlanta, GA campaign, a tremendous honor. Candidates across the country compete in honor of a local boy or girl who is a blood cancer survivor, to raise the most funds for blood cancer research. Heineck, an Associate Broker and founder of Heineck & Company, an affiliate of Keller Williams Realty International, is one of an elite group of community and business leaders who will compete for the titles of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year. The most important reason candidates participate is to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments. In addition to being a two-time cancer survivor herself, Heineck’s childhood best friend was diagnosed with leukemia just days after college graduation, fighting hard for four years, ultimately losing her battle. During her own battle, Heineck’s father in law was also fighting non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, shaving their heads and completing chemo treatments together. Heineck first became involved with LLS via the Team in Training running program in 2011 and has raised over $20,000 across several races. As a candidate, Heineck will raise funds for a world without blood cancers during a ten-week period from March 28, 2019 through June 8, 2019. Every dollar she raises will count as one “vote” in her favor. The male and female candidates with the most “votes” will be awarded the titles Man & Woman of the Year at a Grand Finale on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at InterContinental Buckhead. The local winners are then entered into the competition for National Man & Woman of the Year titles. There are many ways you can support Jill Heineck in her quest for a world without blood cancers. Reach out to Jill at to see how you or your company can support her campaign. #

Posted on May 22, 2019 in Awards and Recognition

Elizabeth Hageman

Class of 1963

Betty Hageman is now retired from the University of New Hampshire (where she taught for 37 years) and is now living on Capitol Hill in Washington, D. C. She would love to see classmates who live nearby or who are visiting the city.

Posted on May 22, 2019 in Career Milestones

Barbara Miller Burns

Class of 1957

With great sadness, her family shares the passing of Barbara Miller Burns of Palo Alto, Ca, formerly of New Canaan, Ct, on February 13, 2019. Barbara is remembered as a loving mother and wife, energetic volunteer in countless community causes, and a generous spirit who loved helping others. She was born on September 17, 1935, in Ashland, Wisconsin, the first child of Alvina Sarazen and Roland Miller, and sister to Robert (Bobby) Miller. She grew up enjoying time on the lakes of Wisconsin and at her family’s maple sugar farm. Barbara headed east for her bachelor’s degree at Simmons College, Boston, where she studied retail. After her junior year, Barbara spent a summer in Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, waitressing at the Coonamessett Inn. It was here she met John J. Burns, Jr., of Belmont, Mass., her husband of 58 years. The couple married in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, in 1958. Barbara worked as a buyer for Bloomingdale’s, and John began his finance career at Goldman Sachs. While living in New York, they began raising their family of five children, before relocating to New Canaan, CT in 1979. A true lover of people, Barbara thrived on connecting with others. She could turn a trip to the grocery store into a social event, and relished the close ties formed in New Canaan’s small town atmosphere. Barbara could often be found at the New Canaan Winter Club, the New Canaan Country School, playing tennis or golf at the Country Club of New Canaan, or volunteering for a local organization. Barbara’s charitable and volunteer commitments were numerous. She sat on the Board of the Waveny Care Center and the New Canaan Community Foundation, and was a dedicated supported of the New Canaan Library and NCCS. She helped establish the annual “Swinging for Seniors” golf event that benefited Waveny Care Center. She was a parent’s committee member at The Taft School, Trinity College, and Boston College. In 2003, she and John joined several other residents in founding Elm Street Books, to ensure the town always enjoyed an independent bookstore. A member of the New Canaan Garden Club, Barbara was also an avid duplicate bridge player and skiier. Barbara found her spiritual home at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, where she and John faithfully attended weekly mass. For years she taught after school CCD classes to first graders and was both a volunteer and served on the advisory board of Catholic Family Services. She was a Dame of Malta and visited Lourdes and Jerusalem on pilgrimage. During the summers, Barbara and John spent time in Cape Cod, returning to the places that brought them together. They loved to travel abroad, and in later years enjoyed regular trips to visit their children in California, and spent winter months in Naples, Fl. After John’s death in 2017, Barbara relocated to Palo Alto, Ca to be closer to family. She spent the twilight of her life in a sunny clime surrounded by children and grandchildren, and continued to play bridge, enjoy fine dining, friends, and new experiences. Her final moments were peaceful and shared with family. Barbara is predeceased by her husband of 58 years, John J. Burns, Jr., and her brother, Robert Miller, of Mauston, Wisconsin. She is dearly missed by her children, John J. Burns III, Christine Bent (Steve), Gregory Burns, Timothy Burns (Rachel), and Jennifer Burns (Nicholas Cizek), and seven grandchildren: Blake, Chase, Brooke, Rose, Leah, Iris, and Anton. A wake will be held Friday, March 1, at Hoyt’s Funeral Home, New Canaan, from 5-8pm, and a funeral mass will be held at St. Aloysius, Saturday, March 2, at 11am. Memorial donations may be sent in Barbara’s memory to the New Canaan Community Foundation.

Posted on May 22, 2019 in In Memoriam

Jessica Deres

Class of 2012

Jessica Deres (2012) married the love of her life Dana Lococo on August 11th 2018 in Whately, MA. Her wonderful Simmons sisters Stephanie Hunt (2012) and Emily Brittelli (Shalhoob) (2012) were in attendance to celebrate the nuptials.

Posted on May 22, 2019 in Marriages

Ruth Resh Rosenbaum

Class of 1959

Ruth Resh Rosenbaum, Social Science '59, passed away at the end of February, 2018, just two weeks after receiving a diagnosis of Stage 4 uterine cancer. Ruth was a devoted President of the Palo Alto/Peninsula Simmons Club for over ten years during the first decade of the Millenium.

Posted on May 22, 2019 in In Memoriam

Michaela Kaminski Hancock

Class of 1971

It is with great sadness I share with my Simmons community that Michaela (Mikie) passed away in early March. She had been diagnosed with leukemia last year. She will be missed by her many family and friends. Judy Hefner, Elaine Swingle, Charlotte Brooks and I have been in touch with her this year as she battled this disease. I was pleased to delivery a eulogy at her funeral service in Potomac MD on March 16. I will get a recent picture from her daughter Julia to submit.

Posted on May 22, 2019 in In Memoriam

Phyllis Brown

Class of 1954

Phyllis Brown, BS 1954 passed away December 13th, 2018. She had a long and productive career with the Visiting Nurse Association in several areas of the US and at the national level.

Posted on May 22, 2019 in In Memoriam

Constance Covell Freeman

Class of 1945

Constance Covell Freeman died April 6, 2019 in Chapel Hill, NC. She graduated with an MSW about 1945.

Posted on May 22, 2019 in In Memoriam

Esther Margolis Raphael

Class of 1959

We are heartbroken to announce that Esther Margolis Raphael passed away in June, 2018 after a valiant fight lasting over 5 years with two or three bouts of lung cancer. For many years she was an outstanding kindergarten teacher, a loving mother and beloved by and devoted to her husband Mark Raphael, in Encino, CA. She will be dearly missed but never forgotten.

Posted on May 22, 2019 in In Memoriam

Jean Mahoney Whelan

Class of 1948

Jean Mahoney Whelan, Class of 1948, died peacefully surrounded by family on April 4th. Jean was a passionate teacher, enthusiastic reader and adventurous traveler. She was active, engaged and had a large circle of friends. Jean had wonderful memories of her college years at Simmons, enjoyed attending reunions and was a proud Simmons College graduate. Jean had two daughters and five granddaughters, who were the joy of her life. She will be very much missed by her family and friends.

Posted on May 22, 2019 in In Memoriam