Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Seavers in the News -- Obituary for Merton E. Seaver (1917-1976) of Manchester, Connecticut

 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 Hartford [Conn.] Courant  newspaper dated 6 August 1976, page 10:

The transcription of the article is:

"Merton E. Seaver

"MANCHESTER -- Merton E. Seaver, 59, of 44D Esquire Drive, food service manger at Northeast Utilities in Berlin, died Wednesday night in Hartford Hospital.  He was born in Lakeville, Mass. and lived in Manchester six years.  He attended the Congregational Church and was a past commander of the American Legion post in Kingston, Mass.  He leaves his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Seaver, two sons, Merle Seaver of Bristol and Eugene Seaver of Brockton, Mass; a stepson, John F. Ahern of Newton, Mass.; three daughters, Mrs. Sylvia Flagg of Tucson, Ariz.; Mrs. Sheila Fairchild of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Stephanie Devens of Bennington, Vt.; a stepdaughter, Karen Ahern of Manchester; a brother, George Seaver of Pensacola, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Beatrice Germaine of Filman, Vt.; and 19 grandchildren.  Graveside service: Saturday, 2 p.m. Center Cemetery, Wareham, Mass.  Calling hours: Friday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Watkins Funeral Home, 142 E. Center St."

The source citation is:

"Merton E. Seaver," Hartford [Conn.] Courant newspaper, Friday, 6 August 1976, page 10, column 3, Merton E. Seaver obituary,   Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 13 November 2023).

This obituary provides the name, age, birthplace, death date, death place, spouse's name, children's names, siblings names, burial information, occupation, and church association.  It does not provide  parents names, birth date, marriage date and place, or cause of death.

Merton Ellsworth Seaver (1917-1976) was born 4 April 1917 in Wareham, Massachusetts, the son of Ozro Hudson and Flora Louise (Barnes) Seaver.  He died 4 August 1976 in Manchester, Connecticut.  He married (1) Helen Elizabeth Tangley (1916-2011) in 1933.  They had five children:

*  Sylvia Anne Seaver (1933-????), married 1956 John Mansford Flagg (1929-2011).
*  Eugene F. Seaver (1936-????), married Mary E. Kelleher (1939-????).
*  Sheila Mae Seaver (1938-????), married (1) 1958 Ronald Thomas McNichols; (2) Fairchild.
*  Merle Ozro Seaver (1939-2021), married 1963 Sylvia May Shew (1945-????).
*  Stephanie Kay Seaver (1952-????), married 1972 Michael R. Devens (1945-????).

Merton E. Seaver married (2) Ruth E. Lowell (1922-2011) in 1959.  No children.

Merton E. Seaver married (3) Elizabeth Ann (Lowrie) Ahern (1921-2011) in 1963. No children.

I am not related to George Francis Seaver (1884-1976).  He is descended from Joseph T. and Betsey (Davis) Seaver.  I have not identified the parents of Joseph T. Seaver. 

There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this is one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person has an obituary that names all of his living relatives.    I am glad that I can honor Merton E. 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.


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