Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Seavers in the News -- Helen Shade Seaver Dies in South Bend, Indiana in 1971

Here is this week's 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 South Bend [Ind.] newspaper dated 22 December 1971, page 5:

The transcription of the article is:

"Mrs. Helen S. Seaver

"Mrs. Helen Shade Seaver, 67, of 1301 N. Michigan St., died early Tuesday in her apartment, where she was found about 7 p.m., Tuesday.  She was born on July 6, 1904, in Kokomo, Ind., and had lived in South Bend 30 years, coming from Kokomo.  On May 22, 2927 [?!?], in Kokomo, she was married to Wayne L. Seaver, who died in 1966.  Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Alvin Hensler and Mrs. Richard Steele, both of South Bend, Mrs. William Kenney of Marathon, Fla., and Mrs. Lowell Matz of Frankfort, Ind.; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

"Friends may call after 4 p.m. today in the Welsheimer  Funeral Home, where services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, with Rev. Charles Cook, pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Cron Point Cemetery, Kokomo."

The source citation is:

"Mrs. Helen Shade Seaver,The South Bend [Ind.] Tribune newspaper, Wednesday, 22 December 1971, page 5, column 5, Mrs. Helen Shade Seaver obituary; Newspapers.com  (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 20 February 2023).

This obituary identifies her name, age, birth date and place, residence, spouse's name, marriage date and place, date and place of death,  names of her husband, and daughters, but no occupation or association information.  

Helen Shade (1904-1971) was born 6 July 1904 in Kokomo, Indiana.  She died 21 December 1971 in South Bend, Indiana.  On 22 May 1927, she married Wayne Lowell Seaver (1903-1966) in Kokomo.  They had four children:

*  Joanne Seaver (1928-2011), married 1948 Alvin E. Hensler (1927-2009).
*  Nancy Lee Seaver (1930-1987), married (1) 1948 Lloyd Wallace Kehoe (1930-1968) (2) William Kenney.
*  Mary Francese Seaver (1931-2011), married 1949 Lowell Dwight Matz (1920-2000).
*  Susan Seaver (1934-2014), married 1959 Richard Jack Steele (1931-????).

I am not related to Helen Shade Seaver, or to her husband.  Wayne Lowell Seaver is a descendent of Henry and Elizabeth (--?--) Seaver who settled in Virginia in about 1770. 

There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person has a fairly complete obituary. I am glad that I can honor Helen Shade Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.


Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to Newspapers.com and have used it extensively to find articles about my ancestral and one-name families.

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