Shirley passed away peacefully at home with family on Sunday, March 16, 2014. She was born in Athelstane, Wisconsin, on February 22, 1941, to Rudolph “Bob” and Marie (Coopman) Seehawer, Shirley was the third of nine children. As a baby it is said that she could be found in the family’s log home by following the sound of her whistling, even before she could walk.
She followed her family from Wisconsin to Oakland, Oregon, as a young woman. There Shirley met and married the love of her life - a young US Marine Corp Sergeant home on leave - Norman Mann. They built a home in Roseburg and Shirley worked hard throughout her life as a homemaker, and outside the home as a waitress at the Greyhound bus station, a clerk at Church’s Drug Store, followed by working in the Jo Lane school lunch program. A job she said was more fun than work. Lastly she worked for dad as a meat wrapper when they owned B & D Meat Cutting.
Shirley enjoyed baking and was acclaimed for her pie crust, cinnamon rolls, Parker House rolls, and rice pudding. She cheerfully baked and decorated wedding cakes and hosted bridal and baby showers when the need arose. She cherished weekends at the family cabin on Crescent Lake, as it meant a huge gathering of family members and evenings of Pinochle and penny-ante poker, days spent fishing, and all hours of the day filled with stories and laughter. She led groups of Blue Birds and Campfire Girls, Brownies and Girl Scouts, and 4-H.
Mom never put on airs. She was as happy with a garage sale treasure as she was wearing a designer outfit - bought on sale of course. She liked the idea of using something up and not wasting. She was ahead of her time, and her carbon footprint is small.
By her actions and words Mom taught us that hard work pays off, to keep a clean house and clean kids, be unpretentious, respectful and accepting of differences, support each other, save for a rainy day, and always plan for a very healthy measure of fun. “Mirror mirror on the wall - I am my Mother after all” … if only!
Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, Norman; grandson, Tony Galusha (March 7, 2014); infant great-grandsons, Brody Alan Pearson and Aiden Mitchel Galusha; and [with endeared nicknames] her sister, Verne (Nig) Chartier; and her brothers: Bing (Erma) and Sutt (Phyllis) Seehawer. She is survived by daughters: Sandy (Mark) Pearson and Michelle (Mitch) Galusha; grandkids: Rachel Pearson, Pete (Julie) Pearson, Jennifer Galusha; great-grandkids: Kristen Sandidge, Trevore Sandidge and Izzayah Galusha; great-great-grandson, Sylas Ortiz; sisters: Tim (Bob) Murray and Bridge Seehawer; brothers: Lyle (Helen), Darius, and Rob (Judy) Seehawer; and dozens of cousins, nieces and nephews, and their families.
Special appreciation from our family to Dr. Jorgensen and his staff, and Mercy Hospice - especially RN Diana - know that you made a difference for mom and for us. In lieu of flowers, our family would prefer donations honoring Shirley may be made to Mercy Hospice. We are eternally grateful for their kindness, care and encouragement.
There will be a scattering of Shirley’s and beloved grandson Tony’s combined ashes at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Winchester Bay, Oregon, followed immediately by a potluck gathering celebration of their lives at the Discovery Point Condos in Winchester Bay. All are welcome.