Anne Fraser Baer, 92, died on Oct. 22, 2020, in Punta Gorda, Fla. 

Anne was born to Effie and Samuel Fraser in Manila, Philippines in 1928, where her father worked for an American rope company managing hemp plantations.

Just before the outbreak of World War II, Anne’s family temporarily moved “home” to Houlton, Me., where she graduated high school. She graduated from Colby College, Waterville, Me., in 1948.

Upon returning to the Philippines in 1948, Anne met husband W.W. (Bugs) Baer, Jr. They were married in 1949.

Bugs’ job with the Caltex Corp. took the family to the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Scarsdale, N.Y., and Tanzania, before retirement to Punta Gorda, and Three Lakes, Wis., in 1984.

They were married for 51 years until Bugs’ death in 2001.

Anne reconnected with, and married college boy¬≠friend, Sidney McKeen, in 2003. They spent time in Belfast, Me., Three Lakes,  and Punta Gorda. Anne is survived by Sid. 

Anne served as the editor of the Singapore American Newspaper while living there and participated in various charities in all the countries in which she lived.

She was a lifelong supporter of animal, nature and environmental organizations. Anne was an international seashell collector, loved to snorkel and learned to scuba dive at age 55.

She was a voracious reader, an avid bridge player and a Georgetown Hoyas basketball fan.

She volunteered for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (where she had donated some of her rare seashells) and the Punta Gorda Peace River Wildlife Center. 

Anne is survived by her children, Scott (Colleen) Baer of Punta Gorda, and Linda (Dave Kjelstrom) Baer of Sun Prairie, Wis.

Also survived by grandson, Scott Baer Jr.; and great-grandsons, Calvin and Adrian; and grandson, Sean Baer, all of Punta Gorda.  

She is also survived by brother-in-law, John Baer; niece, Alison Baer Arter; nephew ,John (Kim) Baer and family – Erin, Michael, Stella and Mason Schutt; and nephew, Bill (Gail) Baer and family – Elizabeth and Kathryn Baer. 

Anne was a visitor and then homeowner in Three Lakes, since 1949. Many memorable times were spent with family and lifelong friends on Spirit, Laurel and Big Stone lakes.

Her ashes will be interned in Three Lakes cemetery.

If you would like to make a donation in Anne’s memory, please consider the Three Lakes Demmer Library, 6961 W. School Street, Three Lakes, WI, 54562 or the International Crane Foundation, E11376 Shady Lane Road, Baraboo, WI, 53913. 

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