Gertrude (Stevens) Seaman
Gertrude W. Seaman, 99, of Shelby, died Monday, September 17, 2012, at Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.
Born June 2, 1913, in Shelby, she was the daughter of Roy T. and Sarah (Wareham) Stevens. Mrs. Seaman graduated from Shelby High School in 1931. In 1934 she married Elmer W. Seaman, who predeceased her in 1987 after 52 years of marriage.
She is survived by one son and three daughters: Arthur W. Seaman and his wife, Myrna, of Shelby; Eltrude (Trudy) Bodkin (widow of Joseph Bodkin) of State College, PA; Sara Laser and her husband, Thomas, of Fairfield, PA; and Pamela Davis and her husband, Gregory, of Dublin, OH. She also had 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Mrs. Seaman was a member of First Lutheran Church in Shelby for over 70 years. She was active in the Women’s Missionary Society and served for a number of years as the Sunday School Treasurer.
In the 1960’s she worked as a school cafeteria cook at Whitney Elementary School in Shelby. In the 1970’s she and her husband raised Vizslas (bird-hunting dogs). They generously donated one puppy from each litter to the Pilot Dog Foundation in Columbus.
Her other interests included cooking, baking, and preparing large family meals. She was a proficient knitter and made many items for her family, as well as newborn baby caps which she donated to Med Central Health System for many years. Until she was 90 years old, she drove her own car and mowed her own 3-acre property with a John Deere riding mower.
Funeral service will be held at Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio, on Saturday, September 22, at 10 AM conducted by Rev. Russ Yoak, pastor of First Lutheran Church. Graveside services will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, from 6-8 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of North Central Ohio – Ashland, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, OH 44805, or Marvin Memorial Library, 29 West Whitney Avenue, Shelby, OH 44875.
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