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Carol Elaine Seelman
March 12, 1939 – March 24, 2018

West Leyden- Carol Elaine Seelman, 79, of West Leyden, New York, passed away on March 24, 2018, after a brief illness.

Carol was born in Rome, New York, on March 12, 1939, to Sylvester and Thelma Ackerman Nellenback.  She lived a lifetime of learning, earning a GED as a young adult and later completing a Master’s degree at Loyola University.  A homemaker actively involved in advocating for fair milk prices during the 1980s while working for News America Marketing, she enjoyed helping on the farm

On October 22, 1955, Carol married Ervin W. Seelman at St. Mary’s Nativity Church, West Leyden.  In 1958, the couple purchased the former Nellenback farm on the Fish Creek Road, which they operated for many years.  Mr. Seelman, an Army veteran of World War II, a dairy farmer, and a retiree of Revere Copper & Brass of Rome, passed away on June 12, 2005.

A long time, very active member of St. Mary’s Nativity Church, West Leyden, Mrs. Seelman served as church organist for many years, leading the choir and the church school program, a lector and a member of the Kings Crafters, a church and community outreach group.  As a Eucharistic Minister, she found joy in serving God.  Moreover, for the last few years, she liked interacting with the community as she worked the elections.

She enjoyed spending her Sundays with her family:  her sister, Katherine; and her nieces and nephew:  Angel Lint, Theresa and Kelly Ireland-Pratt; Ryder, Katie, and Lucille Pratt; and Alexis Lint.  She spent her last days with family filled with love and happiness while celebrating her birthday and watching her great granddaughter, Lilly, and great niece, Lucy, begin their lifelong friendship.

Carol is survived by her sons, Ervin Seelman, and his life partner, Gloria Coffin, of Lee Center, Robert Seelman, of West Leyden, and William Seelman; her son-in-law, Scott Gobrick, of Locust Grove, Virginia; a step daughter, Bonnie Patterson, of Watertown; her grandchildren:  Melissa and Faye Starman, and their son, Jake; Ervin "EJ" Seelman; Jason and Jessica Seelman, and their children:  MacKenzie, Megan, Matthew, and Miles; Corinda Cormier, and her daughters, Guinevere and Ariel; Erica and John Sawyer, and their children:  Lillian, Brendan, and Collin; Pamela Hardy, and her children, Carol, Dillion, Peyton, and Connor; Danielle and Heath Flike, and their children, Skyler, Dylan, and Hailey; and Joseph Seelman, and his children, Julianna, Carson, Hailey, Caralee, and Marianna; Carol’s siblings:  Leon and Carol Nellenback, of Linthicum, Maryland; Edmund and Bette Nellenback, of Remsen; Katherine Pratt, of Lee Center; Richard and Patricia Nellenback, of Rome; Barry and Lorna Nellenback, also of Linthicum, Maryland, and Mary Nellenback, of Gouverneur; her sister-in-law, Irene "Nikki" Camardo; and her brother-in-law, Lyle Seelman; as well as by many nieces, nephews, and friends that were more like family.  She was predeceased by two brothers, Cecil and Charles Nellenback.

Carol’s family wishes to extend a sincere note of gratitude to the employees of Stewarts Shops, Stokes Corners, who assisted her and the nurses and doctors at Upstate University Hospital for the excellent care which she received.

Visitation hours will be Wednesday, March 28, 2018, from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., 143 Schuyler Street, Boonville.  A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial, at St. Mary’s Nativity Church, West Leyden, followed by interment in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery, Fish Creek, will follow later this spring at a date and time to be announced.  Carol had a great affection for animals and her feline friends; memorial contributions may be made to The Lewis County Humane Society, P.O. Box 682, Lowville, New York 13367, or to The Stevens Swan Humane Society, 5664 Horatio Street, Utica, New York 13502.

Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., Boonville, New York, 2018.

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