Seaman, Esther

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http://mi-cache.legacy.com/legacy/images/Cobrands/GreatFallsTribune/Photos/8-31obseaman_08312008.jpgKALISPELL - Former Chinook and Havre resident Esther (Runnion) Seaman, 85, of Kalispell, died of natural causes Friday in Kalispell.
Visitation is noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Chapel in Kalispell. Her funeral is 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with burial in C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery.
She is survived by sons Vernon and Donald Seaman of Kalispell, David Seaman of Aloha, Ore., and Paul Seaman of Renton, Wash.; daughters Luella McCabe of Ridgefield, Wash., Diana Enloe of Rawlins, Wyo., Betty Ann Leap of Tacoma, Wash., Vicki Niederegger of Chinook and Janet Knauss of Libby; sisters Mary Ellen Seaman of Chinook, Jean Bosch of Trout Creek and Rita Dungan Cancellare of Missoula; a brother, Richard Runnion of Bozeman; 20 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.
Esther Seaman was born on Sept. 20, 1922, in Chinook to Raymond and Jose Fern (Rager) Runnion. Esther attended school in Chinook and, at an early age, married the love of her life, George Henry Seaman on Nov. 30, 1937, in Malta. They made their first home in Chinook, and later moved to Havre while raising 10 children. They moved one last time, making Kalispell their permanent residence. Esther and George celebrated 52 years of marriage before George's passing in 1989.
Esther's life work was being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She has left behind an ongoing legacy of strength, courage and love for her family and friends. She also will be remembered by all who knew her for her active listening, tender hugging and comfort food that was part of every visit to her home. Esther enjoyed reading, her pets, flower/vegetable gardening and preserving food.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Margaret Black in 1977; brothers Joe and Enoch Runnion; a sister, Rosa Pederson; and a grandson, Pete Springer in 1976.
Condolences may be posted online at www.jgfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in the Great Falls Tribune on 8/31/2008

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Esther Seaman, 85
Posted: Sunday, Aug 31, 2008 - 12:28:14 am MDT

 

Esther Seaman, 85, passed away on Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, in Kalispell. She was born Sept. 20, 1922, in Chinook, to Raymond and Jose Fern (Rager) Runnion.

Esther attended school in Chinook and at an early age married the love of her life, George Henry Seaman, on Nov. 30, 1937, in Malta. They made their first home in Chinook and later moved to Havre while raising 10 children. They moved one last time, making Kalispell their permanent residence. Esther and George celebrated 52 years of marriage until Georgeís passing in 1989.

Estherís life work was being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She has left behind an ongoing legacy of strength, courage, and love for her family and friends. She also will be remembered by all who knew her for her active listening, tender hugging, and comfort food that was part of every visit to her home.

Esther enjoyed reading, her pets, flower/vegetable gardening and preserving food.

 

 

Esther was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter, Margaret Black, of Kelso, Wash., in 1977; brothers, Joe and Enoch Runnion; a sister, Rosa Pederson; and a grandson, Pete Springer of Hingham, in 1976.

She is survived by four sons, Vernon and Donald Seaman of Kalispell, David Seaman of Aloha, Ore., and Paul Seaman of Renton, Wash.; five daughters, Luella McCabe of Ridgefield, Wash., Diana Enloe of Rawlins, Wyo., Betty Ann Leap of Tacoma, Wash., Vicki Niederegger of Chinook, and Janet Knauss of Libby; 20 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters, Mary Ellen Seaman of Chinook, Jean Bosch of Trout Creek, and Rita Dungan Cancellare of Missoula; and one brother, Richard Runnion, of Bozeman.

Funeral services for Esther will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Johnson-Gloschat Funeral chapel, with Pastor Tom Glatts officiating. Burial will be in the C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Johnson-Gloschat Funeral chapel.

Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for Estherís family. You are invited to go to www.jgfuneralhome.com to offer condolences and sign Estherís guest book.