David Seaman

Date of Death: Mar 25, 2019
David Seaman

1963 - 2019

David John Seaman, 55, passed away on March 25, 2019 at his home in Winona, Minnesota.

David was born on May 26, 1963 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, to John “Jack” and Bernice Link Seaman. David graduated from Waupun High School in 1981 before going on to graduate magna cum laude from St. Mary’s College in Winona in 1985 with a degree in Computer Science. David lived in Winona for most of his adult life and worked many years in computer programming, most recently at Prairie Moon Nursery and Advent Resources, Inc.

David loved the Winona community. He championed environmental causes and was very active in the local farmer’s market, river cleanups, and Green Party political activism. He was passionate about music and was a longtime member of the Winona International Dancers. He enjoyed biking and other outdoor activities. David loved family gatherings, good meals, Scrabble, Go, and never met a board game he didn’t like. He also kept to his Wisconsin roots and cheered for the Packers. He was a beautiful spirit and was always willing to help out wherever needed. As a friend pointed out, he was best described with the motto: “Live simply so that others may simply live.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

David is survived by his mother, Bernice, of Waupun, WI; his siblings Tony (Cindy) Seaman of Whitefish Bay, WI; Kathy (Peter) Johnsen of Fitchburg, WI; and Michael (Kari) Seaman of Pittsburgh, PA, as well as nephews Benji and Brody Seaman, Grant Johnsen, and Eli and Noah Seaman. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

David was preceded in death by his father, John “Jack” Seaman, his brother in infancy, Peter Seaman, his paternal grandparents Edmund and Loretta Seaman, and his maternal grandparents, Edwin and Agnella Link.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Friday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 5-7 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for David Seaman will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waupun with Rev. John Radetski officiating.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Catholic Workers House of Hospitality in Winona, PO Box 102, Winona, MN 55987 or to an organization of your choosing.

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  1. Mickey Maslowski Says: April 1, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Dave is sadly missed by his many, many friends in Winona. As a member of the Winona International Dancers, he was a trusted leader of dances. He shared a sure sense of humor, and a phenomenal memory for steps, music, language.
    The world is poorer for the loss of Dave.

  2. Reggie McLeod Says: April 2, 2019 at 10:02 am

    I will really miss Dave. We both showed up at Go Club on nearly every Tuesday for the last 20 years. He was a good neighbor and friend.

  3. Jean & Gene Lauer Says: April 2, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Peace be with you, David. Gene and I are so sad you are gone too soon and will miss your quiet and passionate presence. Sending light and love to all who will be missing you. ? We are so glad to have met you with Green Party signs in our hands and hopes in our hearts in 2016. Enjoyed our conversations at Elmaro vineyard, too, over the past few years when gypsy jazz music was playing.
    May your Dancing Spirit know joy in the freedom of Love on the other side of this sacred threshold.

  4. Nancy Horton Says: April 2, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    It warms my heart to see Dave over the years with his family. He was such a kind soul; a wonderful friend and fellow dancer. His memory will remain in the hearts of many friends in Winona. Thank you for the video.

  5. Joyce Duffy Says: April 4, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Bernice and family,
    So sad to read the obituary of David, way too young, and so many achievements in his short life. You have my condolences. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Joyce Duffy, Juneau, Wi

  6. I knew him when we belong too Winona WORLD FAIR OF WINONA CLUB
    it was a big hit about 15 years ago my Husband & I took him home had lunch then we took him too his place we had people from all counties collage took part in it
    he was a very nice person to talk with he is in my prayers GOD be with your family

    Janet Seabern

  7. Vernon Leighton Says: April 5, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    My wife and I were saddened by Dave’s sudden passing. He occasionally attended our Quaker meeting in Winona. We all provided meals for the Catholic Worker House. And he was the better Go player. We will miss him.

  8. Ed Koezly Says: April 6, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Dave (’85) was my friend and classmate at St. Mary’s College. Dave was an exceptionally talented programmer and a good writer. I tried to get him to join me on a venture in the 90’s, but, for one, he wanted to stay around Winona. Dave was a gentle man. Rest in peace, Dave. Amen

  9. Debby Klages Says: April 9, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Dave, you have been a good and kind friend for many years, always there when needed. Our whole community of Winona benefited from all the things you enjoyed being involved in. You will be missed by so many people.

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