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John L. Seaborg

Issue Date: May 9, 2019

John Lawrence Seaborg, 83, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Born Sept. 13, 1935 in Menominee, Mi., to Lawrence and Christine Madsen Seaborg, he graduated from Menominee High School in 1953 and married Sheila Hansen on Aug. 29, 1959 at St Ignatius Catholic Church in Houghton, Mi., by Bishop Thomas L. Noa.

He then graduated from the University of Michigan School of Architecture and Design in May 1962. While there, he took three years off to serve in the United States Army, 10th Mountain Division in Wurzburg, Germany. Upon graduation from U of M, he worked for Flads and Assoc. in Madison before returning home to work with mentor Harry Gjelsteen. The firm became Gjelsteen, Seaborg and Jensen Architects and shortly after became Seaborg/Jensen Architects. The firm was honored with the AIA, U.P. Chapter First Place award for designing the Menominee City Hall. In later years, he converted his firm to Seaborg and Associates.

A founding member of the Menominee Jaycees, he was president of the group and was selected as the first recipient of the Outstanding Young Man award. He also helped found the Great Lakes Memorial Marina Authority, the M & M Community Foundation, the Menominee Ambassadors and was president many times.

He was awarded the River Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce "Ron Wipfli" Man of the Year award for service to our community, received UW Colleges and UW-Extension 2014 Chancellor's Award from UW-Madison and was a past president of the Menominee Rotary Club where he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship.

He served on the Holy Spirit Church Board, the Habitat for Humanity Construction Committee, the Marinette Historical Society Board of Directors, the UW-Marinette Foundation Board, was chairman of the Menominee Planning Commission, board member of the Spies Public Library and was a charter member of the National Advisory Board for The Glenn T. Seaborg Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mi.

He competed in 28 Chicago/Mackinac sailboat races, making him a member of the "Old Goats", with his friend, Roger Derusha, on "The Endurance". He also competed in the Birkenbier cross-country ski race and was an avid alpine skier with his wife and children.

They were host parents to seven Rotary youth exchange students and visited each of them in their native countries. He and his wife attended Elif Atimer's wedding as father #2 in Ankara, Turkey. He had a friendship with a UW student interested in architecture, Marina Horchina of Chisinau, Moldova and walked her down the aisle in her wedding in Lincoln, Ne., in place of her deceased father. He also maintained a life-long friendship with Rotary exchange student Taryn Hayes from Cape Town, SA.

He was an Architect for the UW-Marinette Campus and his design for the United States National Ski Hall of Fame was chosen from a "blind selection of designs" and is in Ishpeming, Mi. He turned the Menominee Water Plant in a "boaters lounge" on First Street in Menominee and renovated the St. Joseph Lloyd Hospital renaming it Menominee County Lloyd Hospital.

As a member of the Rotary Club he, read stories to the second grade students at Lincoln Grade School (Central Grade School) once a week and they called him Grampa John.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila; two sons, Eric (Renee) Seaborg and Thor (Sara) Seaborg and their daughter, Sheila Ann (special friend, Scott Bohn) Seaborg; a brother, Donald Seaborg and three grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday May 17, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Holy Spirit Church. A memorial will be established by the family. Cadieu Funeral Home of Menominee is assisting the family with arrangements.


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