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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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  1. Guest says:

    To The Family of::
    Gertrude Seaman
    Your Name: :
    Chad Franklin
    Your Condolence Message::
    Art and family I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a great person who always had time to talk, when I probably should of been working.I sure received my share of her goodies.Every time I buy a Faygo Frost I think of your mother. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. If you need anything please call my # is 419-512-2844
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    To The Family of::
    Gertrude Seaman
    Your Name: :
    Karen Reiker
    Your Condolence Message::
    My thoughts go out to you and your family at this time. My Dad spent some time at Shelby Pointe and I would come and visit him with Sophie my German Shorthaired Pointer. I know she loved her Vizlas and sometimes we would talk about our dogs. May God Bless You.

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    To The Family of::
    Gertrude Seaman
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    Pat Weaver
    Your Condolence Message::
    Art, Myrna and Family, It’s always hard to lose “Mom” – my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    To The Family of::
    Gertrude Seaman
    Your Name: :
    Don and Joyce Hartge
    Your Condolence Message::
    Sending our sympathies on the death of your mother.
    Don and Joyce Hartge
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    To The Family of::
    Gertrude Seaman
    Your Name: :
    Lynn & Tanya Lewis
    Your Condolence Message::
    Dear Art and Family We are so sorry for your Loss, Gertrude was such a sweet lady and I Have many fond memories of her. We still have the hats she knitted for Grant when he was born.

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    To The Family of::
    Gertrude Seaman
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    Rev. Steven Bond
    Your Condolence Message::
    Dear Art, Myrna, Trudy, Sara and Thomas and Pam and Greg…My heart goes out to you and my prayers are offered that you find comfort in the knowlege that your mom is finally home…and I’m confident she’s mowing the lawn! Gertrude was a great lady with a heart of gold. Pastor Steve

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    To The Family of::
    Gertrude Seaman
    Your Name: :
    Sue Vogel
    Your Condolence Message::
    Art, Eltrude, Sara and Pam and the whole family – Gertrude was very special to me. Over these past few years we had formed a bond that has meant so much to me. With a lot of joking and kidding each other, we had a good time together. I will miss her. You all have my sympathy and know that I am thinking of you all.

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