Bernice Mary Seaman

Date of Death: Jul 10, 2020
Bernice Mary Seaman

1935 - 2020

Bernice Mary Seaman passed away at the Waupun Christian Home on Thursday, July 9, 2020.

She was born on August 3, 1935 to Edwin and Agnella Link in Columbus, WI, the oldest of three daughters. Bernice was a 1952 graduate of Columbus High School and a 1956 graduate of Edgewood College of the Sacred Heart in Madison with a degree in business education. She taught for one year at Shiocton High School, followed by eight years at Juneau High School. It was in Juneau that she met her future husband, John “Jack” Seaman. They were married on July 21, 1962. After taking a few years off to raise her children, Bernice returned to teaching in 1976 at Waupun High School, where she taught for 15 years, followed by 6 years at Waupun Middle School, before retiring in 1997. Bernice was a long-time member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waupun, where she served for several years as a part-time organist and was involved in many church activities. She was a member of the Waupun Lioness Club and the Dodge County Area Retired Educators. Bernice enjoyed knitting, crafts, quilting, crossword puzzles, and spending time with her family. She enjoyed bowling and golfing with her husband prior to his passing in 2014.

Bernice is survived by children Anthony (Cindy) Seaman of Whitefish Bay, Kathleen (Peter) Johnsen of Fitchburg, and Michael (Kari) Seaman of Pittsburgh; grandchildren Benji and Brody Seaman, Grant Johnsen, Eli and Noah Seaman; sisters Marian (Kenneth) Mann of Mukwonago, Joyce (Ronald) Graff of Sun Prairie; sister-in-law Delores Kosanke of Pewaukee, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, her sons David and Peter, her parents, and grandparents.

Private family services

Private services will be held for the family on Wednesday, July 15th with Fr. John Radetski officiating.


Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in East Bristol. 

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Bernice’s name to Edgewood College in Madison or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waupun.




  1. Bernice was a wonderful woman! She was always willing to share her many talents.
    I had the honor of being her friend. My Condolences and prayers go out to her family.

  2. Ken & Rose Heideman Says: July 13, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Bernice was such a sweet lady. Enjoyed playing cards with her and visiting with her at church functions. Sympathy to family.

  3. Lori Van Buren Says: July 14, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Heaven is definitely brighter now. What a beautiful soul Bernice was. I will miss seeing that smile at church. Rest easy Bernice. Prayers of comfort and strength for the entire family.

  4. Dick Steinbach Says: July 15, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Your mom was not only a fine teacher and a good colleague, but also a good friend and fine Christian person. My sympathy is extended to all of you. God bless her memory.

  5. Angie Daane Says: July 16, 2020 at 10:40 am

    We will miss her. Memories are the times at the middle school, volunteering at St. Joe’s, and our monthly get-together’s with the Holy Stitches, knitting all kinds of donations.

    Anna Marie McLean

  6. Ann Ramminger (Mitzy) Says: July 20, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Bernice was such a wonderful and kind person. She was my godmother and cousin and I learned so much from her gentle manner. I was the flower girl in her wedding when I was 4 years old. She is the kind of person that inspires fine memories. My deepest sympathies.

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