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In Memory of

Jane Pfister Semmes

January 15, 1926 - March 31, 2015

Obituary


Jane Pfister Semmes, a native of New Orleans, daughter of Anna Duncan Pfister and F.Michael Pfister, slipped quietly away surrounded by her family, Tuesday, March 31th.



Mrs. Semmes was born in New Orleans in 1926. She was a graduate of Holy Name of Mary High School as part of the illustrious and fun-loving class of '42. She went to work after graduation to take care of her family following the early death of her father. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 60 years, Granville M. Semmes II. She spent her life in...

Jane Pfister Semmes, a native of New Orleans, daughter of Anna Duncan Pfister and F.Michael Pfister, slipped quietly away surrounded by her family, Tuesday, March 31th.



Mrs. Semmes was born in New Orleans in 1926. She was a graduate of Holy Name of Mary High School as part of the illustrious and fun-loving class of '42. She went to work after graduation to take care of her family following the early death of her father. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 60 years, Granville M. Semmes II. She spent her life in service to her family. She could do anything and did so for her family every day. She was a woman who had 8 children and wanted more.



Mrs. Semmes was an avid reader, reluctant complainer, accomplished nagger and gifted advisor. Although, naturally shy, she turned into a ferocious lioness when in defense of her loved ones. Her lifelong interests included sewing, cooking, and gardening as well as growing haricots verts and foraging wild mushrooms for

New Orleans' top chefs. She was a regular visitor to the JCC. At age 89 she worked out 3 times per week, to which she credited her mental acuity and physical wellbeing.



Mrs. Semmes was preceded in death by her brothers Michael Pfister and John Pfister, and is survived by her sisters and gambling partners: Anne Chapman (Harry) of Bay St. Louis, Joelle Campana. of California and Elizabeth Holderith (Hugh) of Baton Rouge; her daughters: Billie Semmes, Elonide Semmes, Donna Roth,

Joan Semmes, Yvette Semmes, Valerie Semmes, and Jane Litwinowicz; and her sons: Ernst Roth, Dr. Joseph Semmes, Granville Semmes Ill, Gilmore Semmes, Thomas Semmes, George Semmes, John

Litwinowicz, Michael Semmes and Paul Semmes; and grandchildren: Harry Roth (Julie), Anna Thompkins (Rob), Jade Eckert (Steve), Garret. Polizzi, Nick Roth, Jenny Semmes, Andre St. Pierre (Steve), Gran Semmes IV, John Semmes, Mathilde Semmes, Katie Semmes, Ruth Musick (Devin), Elsie Semmes, Joseph Semmes, Robert Semmes, Nadya Archbold, Kazimierz Litwinowicz, and Jaimie Semmes; and great- grandchildren: Brianna, Zora, Alex, Josie, Max, Caleb and Mabel, in whom she delighted and dearly loved, children of her heart.



When asked if she had any regrets, she wished she had trained her sons to be more domesticated, and that she had taught her daughters to wear lipstick more often, and had learned how to deliver a good joke properly. Her one unfulfilled dream in life was to have her own wine and cheese shop. Bon Appetit, Dear Lady!



There will be a funeral mass on Monday, April 6th at St. Henry Catholic Church, 812 General Pershing. Visitation will be at 10 am, and funeral mass at 11 am, with a private interment.



In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her honor to the Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana 70115.