MEMORIAL TRIBUTE

DOROTHY J. SEELEY

 

Feb. 11, 1916 - Feb. 1, 2013

On February 1, 2013 United Seniors of Wisconsin lost a dearly loved and well-respected icon who was an advocate for both seniors and veterans alike. Below is a reprint of Dorothy's obituary.

Seeley, Dorothy J. (Nee Amys) Born Feb. 11, 1916, to Emil and Philomena Amys, was called Home to the Lord to be re-united with them and all her brothers and sisters, her husband Harrison D. Seeley, Jr. and children Harrison D. Seeley III and Nathaniel R. Seeley and daughter Dorothy Diane Seeley. She is survived by her daughters Carolyn (late Bill) Clements and Roberta (Roger) Kraus, Her grandchildren Christine (Salvatore) Busalacchi, Cynthia (David Guzman) Mathes, Cheryl (Dennis) Kallerud, Craig (Joann) Clements, Melissa (Tom) Deacon, Brenda (Randy Hudson) Seeley, Jeffrey Kraus, Charlene Kastler, Kenneth Kraus, Brian (Shiloh) Kraus, Dorene (Mike) Simons, Denise (John) Simons. She also had 20 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren. Her great-grandchildren are Heather Clements, Corinna Mathes; Matthew, Andrew and Kaitlynne Kallerud; Nicole, Brianna and Alexandra Deacon; Cynthia and Chase Clements; Roosevelt and Easton Hudson and Tony Busalacchi; Josh, Tyler and Andy Kraus; Cherise and Adam Kastler; and David Kraus. Her Great - great - grandchildren are; Veronica and Mia Guerra; Nicholas Figueroa, Angel, Faustino and Alexander Avila; Piper Kastler and Conner Kastler. She is also survived by other family and many friends. Dorothy worked for 27 years operating a 60 ton overhead crane at Nordberg's. In 1968, she was the first woman to run for a senate seat in Wisconsin. She served on the board for the South-eastern Wisconsin Mother's March of Dimes, was a delegate to the Milwaukee County Labor Council, a member of the Carpenter's Auxiliary 252, the Allied Council of Senior Citizens, the Greenfield Fire & Police Commission, the Southside Business Association, and the United Seniors of Wisconsin, Inc. which she founded. She raised money through bingo to support a variety of wellness programs; scholarships and to meet charitable needs of many people. In 1976 she and her husband were leaders among those who created the original Greenfield Bi-Centennial Park at 52nd and Layton Avenue, where she held annual memorial weekend picnics. She had a big heart and never refused to help anyone in need. She has supported the South-side Scholarship Foundation and the Long Way Around Gospel Group that raise money for scholarships. In 1990, she was honored as one of Ten Most Admired Senior Citizens of Wisconsin. She received an honor from the J.C. Penney Foundation for civic achievement. She touched the lives and hearts of many people over the years and was active until her death. She will be dearly missed by many people and friends, especially her family, who are so very proud of her many lifetime achievements, which are too many to list. Her name "Dorothy" meant gift of God and she was. She left an impressive legacy and BIG footsteps to follow.

Link to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article

Link to Greenfield Patch article

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