Obituary of Celia Siemsen
Celia Ann Siemsen (72) of Winter Haven, Florida died Tuesday, October 2, 2018 of lung cancer. Celia was born January 15, 1946 in Eddyville, Nebraska to Roy and Marie Potter. She grew up on a farm where they didn’t have electricity until the 1950s. Celia went to boarding school in Curtis, Nebraska for college prep classes in high school.
Celia graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Home Economics. She married Marty SIemsen and they moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their two children were born while she lived in Millville, New Jersey and then the family moved to Winter Haven. More moves followed to Orange Park, Florida and Waukesha, Wisconsin before Celia and her family settled permanently in Winter Haven in 1983.
Celia loved houses, especially historic homes, and began a career in real estate in the 1980s. After retiring to spend more time traveling to visit her children and grandchildren, Celia volunteered at Pinewood Estate at Bok Tower Gardens. Celia had an adventurous spirit, starting with going to work at a dude ranch in Gunnison, Colorado as a teen and including trips to visit family members living in Spain and Italy, a cruise to Alaska, a hot air balloon ride with a friend for her birthday a few years ago, and a long trip out west with her husband.
Celia enjoyed spending time with friends and family, traveling, sewing, needlework, fishing, and baking with her grandsons. She studied genealogy to write her family’s stories and self-published a book about her childhood and a cookie cookbook for her three grandsons.
Celia is survived by her husband of 50 years, Martin (Marty) Siemsen, two children, Helen (Morgan) Dingus of Winter Haven and Karl (Michele) Siemsen of Cincinnati, Ohio, and three grandsons, Karl, Oscar, and Parker.
A memorial service will be held at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Winter Haven on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, spend time with loved ones at Bok Tower Gardens.