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Antoinette Marie (Toni) Seely


Gender: Female

Date of Birth: June 19, 1935

Date of Death: August 9, 2020

Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA

Death Place: Santa Rosa, CA

Antoinette (Toni) Seely

June 19, 1935 – August 09, 2020

It is with a sad heart that we announce the passing of Antoinette (Toni) Seely, a warm and loving wife, mother, and friend, on August 9th, 2020.

Antoinette was born on June 19th, 1935, in Philadelphia, PA. She moved to CA when she was 18, where she met Jack Sr., and married him at 19. She lived most of her life in Novato, California, until she moved to Santa Rosa in 2012, a couple of years after Jack Sr.’s passing.

She leaves behind a daughter (Andi), her son-in-law (Shayne), two grandchildren (Jared & Charlie), her sister (Tina), her nephew/godson, David Rossi, nephew Paul Rossi, and niece, Elaine Young. Antoinette is pre-deceased by her husband, Jack Seely, Sr. and her son, Jack Seely, Jr. (who passed away in Jan of this year).

Antoinette was the eldest of two children. She graduated from Hallahan Catholic Girl’s High School in 1953 (in PA).

Antoinette truly loved hobbies of many, many types. She had a ceramic business that she ran in her home for many years and had many life-long friends from her hobbies. She could paint life-like eyes like no one else. All her students would give their projects to Antoinette to do the eyes. Nobody ever really learned how to paint eyes, because they always had her to do them instead. We have many, many ceramic Christmas tree ornaments with those life-like eyes, just staring at you! She was truly talented!

Antoinette worked as a theater manager after Andi & Jack were grown up, and was beloved by her employees. She was another ‘Mom’ to many of them. Several of her employees became lifelong friends.

Antoinette was an excellent Mom; she and her husband provided a warm, loving, stable home for her children. She loved children (especially babies), and would always have to stop and say ooh and ahh over any baby in her immediate vicinity!

Antoinette had many hobbies and pursuits that she dearly loved. One of them was cooking. She was truly a gourmet of all types of cooking, especially Italian! Her son-in-law and family loved her Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

Antoinette’s friends described her as warm, gregarious, loyal, strong, resourceful, and genuine. She loved dogs. When Jack Jr. moved out, he was told that he could go, but his dog, Goliath was staying, and so the dog stayed. Each morning, after Mom had eaten her oatmeal, she would put water in the oatmeal pot (she always left a bit of oatmeal for Goliath), stir it up, and sit outside with the dog so he could ‘eat his oatmeal’ in the pot! Drove our Dad nuts, but Mom did it anyhow! Jack had to get himself a new dog several years later.

She was a generous person, always willing to help others, her family, and many friends. She was always about family! She & Jack Sr. had planned to marry in about a year, but when Jack’s orders came to ship off to Japan (he was in the Navy at the time), they decided to get married before he left. They married in November 28, 1954, had a very quick honeymoon, and then Jack Sr. left for Japan. Mom followed 3 months later – and Andi came along 9 months after that!

Mom was always very gregarious and would always bring lonely sailors home to share a meal with Mom & Dad. Dad was a stick figure when they married, but beefed up nicely in just a short amount of time with her excellent cooking! And she did a lot of it on just a little hot plate – not a fancy stove! She was truly gifted when it came to cooking!

Antoinette (Toni) will be greatly missed by her daughter, son-in-law, sister, nephews, niece, extended family, community, and friends!!

Due to corona virus, the family will NOT be having a viewing or holding a service at this time. Antoinette will be buried privately with Jack Sr. at Valley Memorial Cemetery in Novato, CA. Once the corona virus subsides sufficiently, the family may hold a celebration of life for her.

Published online by Adobe Creek Funeral Home

[Wife of great- great-grandson of SGS # 3040 – Jack Anderson; Chester Wheeler; Frank Hanscom; Jonas G; Samuel(#3040); Jonas (# 1320); John; John S; Obadiah; Obadiah; Obadiah]