HOPKINS, MINN.

Anne (Lozyk) Schmoller
Dec. 13, 1927 — Oct. 13, 2016

Anne (Lozyk) Schmoller died peacefully on Oct. 13, 2016, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn., surrounded by family. She succumbed to cancer two months short of her 89th birthday. She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Eugene; sons Craig (Tina) and David (Amy), daughter Gail Philbin (John) and granddaughter Sarah.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Pelagia; father, Andrew; brothers Metro, Peter, Alexander and sisters Katherine and Anastasia.

Anne was born on Dec. 13, 1927 in Plonna, a small Lemko village in the Carpathian Mountains in what is now southeastern Poland. To escape the poverty that plagued the region, her father immigrated to Montreal, Canada. He worked, saved money, and sent for his family in 1935. While in Canada she was enrolled in an English Protestant school where she learned English and French. As a young adult, she attended McGill University and others in Quebec for three years, earning a teaching certificate. She taught first and second grade in Montreal for 5 1/2 years. She transferred to the University of Wisconsin for a summer semester.

It was on the sidewalks of the Madison campus that she caught the eye of Eugene Schmoller. They were married in the fall of 1952 in Montreal and honeymooned in the Laurentian Mountains. In 1954 with their newborn son, they moved to Olympia, Wash., living there until Eugene was discharged from the Army. Upon his discharge in 1955, Eugene took a job near Chicago. They took up residence in Park Forest, Ill., for two years. There, Anne began substitute teaching while completing the required courses to earn her degree. They bought a house in Palos Heights, Ill., in 1957. Two more children came along while they lived in Palos. She resumed teaching full time in 1968 as a second-grade teacher at Oak Ridge Elementary School in Palos Hills, Ill. She was recognized for excellence in teaching numerous times. While teaching full time, she also took night school classes at National Louis University in Chicago, working on a master’s degree. She retired from teaching in 1994. They moved to Arbor Vitae in 2011 and enjoyed almost six years at their lakefront home. They moved to Hopkins, Minn., in August 2016.

Anne enjoyed reading during retirement despite failing eyesight. She was well-known for her baking skills, apple pies in particular, which are impossible to duplicate and should be in a Julia Child cookbook. She was known for her great compassion for her family. She was a champion of her children, granddaughter, nieces and nephews, endlessly sacrificing to provide them the best. Her self-sacrificing efforts helped put all of her children and granddaughter through college. She had an irrepressible love of animals.

As she stated, “My greatest accomplishment in life was and is having my three children.”

We will miss her greatly.