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Mary Lou

Mary Lou Seekman

Mary Lou passed away peacefully Friday, February 2, 2024, surrounded by her family.   She was 92. 

She was born May 27, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Peter and Sophie Milin, and was the eldest of three daughters.  After graduating from Bowen High School in Chicago, she spent a summer with a family friend in Martin, where she had a chance meeting with a handsome young man.  Harley Seekman was smitten with this fancy Chicago girl, as she was with him as well.   Mary Lou Milin married Harley Seekman on January 1, 1951, and they spent 66 years together before he passed away in 2017. They made their home in Otsego, MI where they raised their three daughters.  As lifelong residents, they made many true, enduring friendships.

Mary Lou was a great mother.  She was busy taking her children to church, on walks, bike rides, to plays and concerts, to the movies and to the lake.  She was an accomplished seamstress and made many of her children’s clothes.  Most importantly, she surrounded her family with unconditional love.

When her children were grown, Mary Lou returned to work in the office at Kal-Equip. and then Plainwell Paper where she worked until retirement.  

Upon being blessed with grandchildren, she traveled regularly to California to care for them whom she dearly loved.  If there was a theme to Mary Lou’s life, it was that she was constantly, unselfishly taking care of others.  

She is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Dorian) Jung of Camas, WA, Judy (DeWayne) DeLaet of Paw Paw, MI and Mary (Robert Jr.) Pedersen of El Segundo, CA; grandchildren, Miranda Ways, Rebecca Pedersen and Robert Pedersen III, a great-grandson, James Henry and also many beloved nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, sisters Bette Anne Radulovich, and Jeanette Cooper and her son in law Robert Pedersen Jr. 

We loved having you in our lives and may choirs of angels sing you to your rest dear gentle soul.


Memorial services are being planned for a later date.  

Contributions in memory of Mary Lou may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.

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