Anna E. Elsaesser

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Anna E. Elsaesser

April 20, 1923 - July 30, 2018

Anna Elizabeth Folmer Elsaesser, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., and formerly of Centerville, New Jersey, died peacefully at her home on Lake Champlain on July 30th, 2018. She was 95. Anne was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on April 20th, 1923, the daughter of George Folmer and Ruth Huber. She was raised by Ruth and her beloved stepfather, Otto Huber.
Anna grew up in Lake Hopatcong, N.J., and graduated from Hawthorne High School and Summit Business School. She met her future husband, Richard Elsaesser, at age 15, while shoveling snow from the sidewalk in front of her home. Anne and Richard were married in 1943 and celebrated 67 years of marriage. They are survived by four children, Diane Miers of Plattsburgh, Richard Elsaesser Jr. of Richfield Springs, N.Y., and his wife, Rita, and James Elsaesser of Saylorsburg, Pa., and Patricia and her partner, Tom Ducatte, of East Stroudsburg, Pa. Anna was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard, and one sister, Eleanor Eisenhower. She is survived by her sister, Ursula Powell, her grandchildren, Kate Bridger and her husband, Brandon Bridger, Felicia Snyder and her husband, Phil Snyder, Lindsey Elsaesser and Jessica Elsaesser, Jackie Teel, Robert Teel and his wife, August, and six great-grandchildren.
Richard and Anne owned and operated Diana Farms, in Centerville, N.J., for many years, raising registered Holsteins. They developed one of the outstanding dairy herds in the state of New Jersey. During those years she raised her children and managed the finances of the farm. She loved Broadway musicals and her home was filled with that music and her singing the songs. Anne loved working on the farm, as well. She was a homemaker and employed as assistant business manager at Warren Hills High School in Washington, N.J., for many years. In 1983, she and Richard retired to Lake Champlain and Chokoloskee, Fla., where they hosted many gatherings with family and friends.
Anne loved reading and also was an accomplished weaver and knitted many beautiful hats, gloves, and sweaters. Anne truly loved life and people. She enjoyed the company of her family, friends, and neighbors, especially in her beloved home of Centerville and cherished many memories of her life there. Ann was a considerate, kindhearted and generous person. She always encouraged her children to follow their dreams and offered them the best she had to offer. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
If you wish to remember Anne, she would be pleased if you donated to your favorite charity. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
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Arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
Published on August 3, 2018
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Ken & Kenna La Mora
Aug 03, 2018
To the Elssesser Family - we send our condolences to this family during this very difficult time.

We are the family on the hill of Calkins Road.
Roger and Bea Morin
Aug 03, 2018
We will miss this grand soul.
I met Ann and Dick through my late husband, Barry Gonyo. They paid many a visit to us on the Calkins Rd., and shared stories of their (Barry's and Dick's) fun times. When Dick passed we were all heart-broken. Now, the circle is complete.
As time passed and I remarried, Roger and I would pop in for a visit. Ann would put down her reading material or knitting, or join us out on the ledge of the lake, and engage in a lively conversation. I learned about their interesting lives in FL and I loved hearing about her days on their farm in New Jersey.

I feel truly blessed to own a couple pairs of mittens and socks that Ann knit. Truly she had a talent in her weavi and knitting.

And then there were the dogs. But that's another long story. Hopefully they all are united.
Ann must have been a good mom. Her children worked together to help keep her well and healthy to the end. And they shared her love for their beautiful home on the lake.

We hope to share a toast to Ann on the lake soon, to celebrate her wonderful life. We will miss her and thank her for being such a valuable part of our lives.
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