Thursday, November 7, 2019

Seavers in the News -- Mrs. Finetta Seaver Dies in 1964

It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Sioux City [Iowa] Journal newspaper dated 14 June 1964:

The transcription of the article is:

Funeral services for Mrs. Finetta Alice Seaver, 83, a former Sioux City residient, who died Thursday at Columbia, S.C., will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Heaton-Westcott Funeral Home.  The Rev. Dr. Allen Jackson, dean of Morningside College, will officiate and burial will be in Graceland Park Cemetery.

"Mrs. Seaver was born April 9, 1881, at Marengo, Iowa, and moved to Plymouth County when she was six years old.  She was married to Dr. William Heller and they lived in Remsen where he practiced medicine until his death in 1921.  She moved to Sioux City and was active in Morningside College and Grace Methodist Church activities.  She was married to Dr. Fred J. Seaver in New York in 1941 and they lived in White Plains, N.Y., until he retired in 1948 and they moved to Winter Park, Fla.

"She is survived by the widower, of New York; one son, Robert Heller of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Stella M. Bowman of Mound, Minn., and Mrs. Minnie McBride of Sioux City; four brothers, Lewis Fry of Lincoln, William B. of Wolsey, S.D., J.G. Fry of Arcadia, Fla., and R.A. Fry of Merrill, Iowa, and two grandchildren."

The source citation is:

"Mrs. Finetta Seaver," Sioux City [Iowa] Journal newspaper, obituary, Sunday, 14 June 1964, page 27, column 3, Finetta Alice Seaver   ( : accessed 7 November 2019).

This obituary provides a fairly detailed account of Finetta Alice (Fry) (Heller) Seaver's life, with a birth date and an implied death date, plus information on her two spouses and one son.  Her maiden surname was Fry, since she has four brothers with that surname.  

I was attracted to this obituary on because of the unique given name.  Then I found that she married a relatively famous Seaver - Fred Jay Seaver, a renowned biologist and mycologist - and then I realized that I did not have her in my RootsMagic family tree.  Now I do.  I would have been totally lost without the mention of her husband's name and location.  

I am not related to Finetta, but I am distantly related to Fred Jay Seaver - he is my 7th cousin 3 times removed.  

There are over 8,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes the life of a person is memorialized in an obituary with many details.  I am glad I can honor Finetta Alice (Fry) (Heller) Seaver today.


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