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Penelope Jane Simone

December 29, 1947 - December 30, 2018 Cochranville, PA | Age 71 Loving Wife, Mother, Sister, and Friend.


Penelope Jane Simone was born on December 29, 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the home of her father David Allan, and mother Phyllis Fouracre, who came from Gloucester, England. She was the identical twin of Aileen, younger sister of Catharine, and older sister of brother Alasdair and baby sister Phyllis.

Educated in Edinburgh, she graduated from James Gillespie’s High School for Girls, and began her working life with the Scottish Ministry for Agriculture and Fisheries. She married her childhood sweetheart, Hugh Douglas McLeod, a navigating officer with the British Merchant Navy, in March, 1967.

Together they emigrated to South Africa in 1968, where Hugh was tragically killed in a car accident. Jane returned to her parents’ home in Northern England where she resolutely picked up the shattered remnants of her life.  She took up riding and studied with the British Horse Society under whom she gained qualifications as an instructor. She emigrated to the United States to join her twin sister Aileen in 1972.

In 1973 Jane met and married Louis Francis Simone of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1979 they had a baby girl, Gwyneth Nicola, and in 1982 they had a son, David Matthew.

They moved several times within the United States as a consequence of Lou’s career, and came to Kennett Square in 2002, where Jane was Director of Development at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, a position she took up in the fall of 1999. She retired in early 2015, having completed a highly successful tenure as a respected, knowledgeable, ethical, enthusiastic fund-raiser.

Jane was a fine horsewoman, a talented writer and a great cook! She was an avid lover of classical music, though her tastes were electric, She loved to travel, she studied and understood history and was adamant that education should be the life-blood of all.  Her views on life were informed, broad-minded and she always practiced what she preached. She was cosmopolitan in the best way possible; irrepressibly open in her actions and interactions, and most memorably, in her well-studied opinions.  She was an acute observer of humankind, a friend to all she met and knew, and she inspired those around her to strive to do their best.   Above all she was a wonderful, much-loved wife, mother and sister.

Jane was the axis upon which we spun.  She was wise, funny, clever, talented – and she always looked on the bright side of things, even when they looked bad.  She was a hugely positive influence in so many other peoples’ lives, as well as our own. She is, and always will be, sorely missed.

Jane died on December 30, 2018. She was a valiant lady, a brave fighter and the wind under our wings.  She is irreplaceable.

She is survived by her beloved husband of forty-five years, Lou, her beautiful, clever daughter Gwyneth, and Gwyneth’s wonderful husband John Hawn, her handsome, talented son Dave, her devoted twin sister Aileen Elliott, sisters Catharine Castree and Phyllis Carruthers, and her only brother, Alasdair Allan.

In her memory, donations may be made in her name to St. Joseph’s Indian School P.O. Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57326. Jane supported this Lakota Sioux Charity, because she felt keenly the injustices which have been perpetrated on the native peoples of this great continent, and because she made certain that the children of this school are being brought up to learn, know and understand their heritage.

Her service will be held privately.

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Arrangements by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA

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Memorial Donations

St. Joseph’s Indian School

P.O. Box 326,
Chamberlain, SD 57326

Jane supported this Lakota Sioux Charity, because she felt keenly the injustices which have been perpetrated on the native peoples of this great continent, and because she made certain that the children of this school are being brought up to learn, know and understand their heritage.


Funeral Service

Service will be held privately


  1. I am so touched by this lovely photo and beautiful words that so precisely express the outstanding example of a human being that dear, Dear Jane has been to me! Our shared love of the horse brought us together and opened doors to philosophical conversations of great insight, exploration into music- adult beginner piano lessons with a Russian virtuoso, and intimate conversations about the love of our families. May her body Rest in Peace. Her fine soul will continue to inspire and comfort me for the rest of my life! My heart goes out to you Aileen, Lou, Gwyneth and David. You are such a part of Jane, and she a part of you Forever and Always! Much Love!!!!!!

    Kirsten Aguirre Asherman | January 26, 2019 at 9:21 PM
  2. What a moving tribute to a lovely woman.

    We had but a handful of conversations with Jane, but they were long and meaningful ones. Our friendship with her sister Aileen became a friendship with Jane and Lou. How could we not be drawn in by her hospitality and talents and the strength of her character? We were blessed to dine at Jane’s table and raise a glass to the anticipations of life and travel, and were made better for the experience. Such were the beginnings of our friendship. We wish we had more time with you Jane.
    Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη.
    With deep respect and sorrow,
    Frank and Valerie Voutsakis

    Frank Voutsakis | January 20, 2019 at 7:11 AM
  3. I worked with Jane at Duquesne University many years ago. She was such a special co-worker, kind, smart and always making us laugh. So sad to hear the news. She touched many hearts wherever she went. May she rest in peace.

    Colleen Gaughan | January 17, 2019 at 3:08 PM
  4. “P. Jane was a unique and loved individual that set a standard of excellence in all that she did.
    She was deeply dedicated to her family, friends and professional colleagues.
    She was fully involved in life, and enthusiastically shared her experiences, expertise and values with others.
    P. Jane is a loved friend, devoted family member, and will be forever missed!”

    Dick and Pam Snyder /January 11, 2019

    Richard V. Snyder | January 11, 2019 at 2:41 PM
  5. We only had the pleasure of knowing Janey for a brief time. But she and Aileen touched our hearts and blessed our lives.

    Donna and Boyd Magers | January 7, 2019 at 10:37 AM
  6. Such sad news. We are both so proud of how Jane never gave up and fought to the very end.One strong beautiful lady.
    We have been apart for such a long time but Jane was never out of our thoughts.
    Our thoughts are with all her family. Our love to you all.
    Monica and Bob Smith Knysna South Africa

    monica smith | January 7, 2019 at 7:55 AM
  7. Such a terrible loss to all of us. We will miss you so much. Much love and big hugs to all family and friends of darling Janey.
    Sarah Castree (niece), Rome, Italy

    Sarah CASTREE | January 7, 2019 at 3:24 AM
  8. To my big “sister” Janey from your little American “sister” – I will forever hold you in my heart. I have known you and your beloved twin Aileen since you were lasses of 18. You have influenced my life in so many ways; your wit, your storytelling, your wisdom, your love. I was so proud to stand with you the day you and darling Lou were married. You will always be with me. Much love to your beautiful family. I know they share in your strength. Forever, your “Kitty”

    Kathryn Small | January 5, 2019 at 8:26 PM
  9. Jane, in 1994 in a conversation over a coffee left me with an indelible and sage piece of advice on life, which had a profound affect on my future. We may have spent few nights under the same roof in all the years since we first met, but an important person in my life.
    Aileen, Lou,Gwyn and Dave in my thoughts often and always.

    Elizabeth Datson | January 5, 2019 at 6:23 PM
  10. A light has gone out with your passing. Sleep well, beautiful girl.

    David Alasdair Allan | January 5, 2019 at 3:50 PM
  11. Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved Janey. We have a fond memory of your beautiful wedding and the warmth of family. Her visit to Bedford with sister Aileen will bring a smile to my face. Her humor and quick wit made for such a great visit. Love and prayers to all. Bill and Jill Smith

    William Smith | January 5, 2019 at 3:39 PM
  12. What a beautiful tribute to my dear friend Jane. She really was a jack of all trades and knew a lot about a lot of things! I will miss her immensely! Gwyneth, David, Lou and Aileen, I’m holding you close to my heart at this heartbreaking time. Love you!

    Toby Atterbury | January 5, 2019 at 3:15 PM

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