Anne Semsar, 76, of Baraboo, passed away Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in her winter home at Frog Creek Campground, Florida, with her husband Jim Semsar, daughter, and two of her sisters by her side.
Anne was born in Crown Point, Indiana, the oldest of nine children in the Mueller family. She graduated from Valparaiso University and went on to receive her master’s in education from Columbia University in New York. Upon graduation, she stayed in New York City, teaching kindergarten in East Harlem and volunteering to crew schooners. In January 1968, she met James Semsar at a church single’s culinary group. Anne and Jim married several months later in October 1968 and spent the next six years enjoying time in the city, time in the Adirondacks, and traveling up and down the coast and Caribbean as part of a travel club. In 1974, they had their first child, Katharine, and shortly after moved to Baraboo. They had two more children, Christopher and Cary.
During the summers in Wisconsin, Anne helped the Semsar family run Devil’s Lake Resort. When all the kids were in school, Anne started teaching again in the Baraboo School District, where she continued to teach young children to read, one of her lifetime passions, until she retired in 2008. In retirement, Anne and Jim became RV-roaming travelers seeing the entire country from Key West to Alaska. Five years ago, they found their regular snowbird home at Frog Creek Campground in Palmetto, Florida. This past December, following a fabulous Thanksgiving in Boulder, Colorado, with Jim, all her kids, their spouses, and her four grandkids, Anne was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease. A few months later, and as many beach trips as possible, Anne passed away peacefully in her favorite lounge chair.
Anne is survived by six siblings, Beth Horn, Elaine Myers, Annette Hales, Marilou Jovanoski, Ruth Schmitz, and Richard Mueller; three children, Katharine (Christopher Lowry) Semsar, Christopher (Kristine) Semsar, Cary (Jennifer) Semsar; four grandchildren, Ian and Lily Lowry, Norah and Natalie Semsar; and her beloved husband of 49 ½ years, Jim.
A local memorial service will be held later this year. The family is also working on setting up a scholarship fund in Anne’s name through the Wisconsin Retired Teachers Association and will pass along the details when we get them.