Saturday, March 28, 2015


Roy-Hart alumni will remember the lovable Mrs. Seward, who had served the district as a substitute music teacher from 1973 to 1995.

Who can ever forget the delightful chorus she always shared with the students at the beginning of class?

"Hello, boys and girls!"

"Hello, Mrs. Seward!"

We are sad to report that she has passed away. Our thoughts are prayers are with her family and friends.

Here is her obituary....

Helen May (Bowers) Seward, age 91, entered into rest on Friday, March 27, 2015 at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport. Born August 7, 1923 in Barker, Helen is the daughter of the late Alfred "Roy" and Florence (Stockton) Bowers. Helen married Floyd Seward on June 28, 1947 at Barker Methodist Church. Mr. Seward died March 6, 2008.

Helen was a 1941 graduate of Barker Central School and was very involved with Barker's Alumni Association, a 1945 graduate of Houghton College and she received her masters in Music Education in 1971 from the University of Buffalo. She had worked at Barker Central schools as a music teacher, retiring in 1973. She also substituted in many area schools after retiring. Helen was a member of the Hartland United Methodist Church where she was the choir director for 30 years, and was involved in the Women's Club and the Elizabeth Circle, the Retired Teachers Association where she was Past President. She was also a former Vice President and song leader of Delta Kappa Gamma. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving Helen is her daughter: Susan (William) Harrod of Gasport. Helen was predeceased by her husband: Floyd and her son: Thomas Seward. Mother-in-law of: Dorothy Seward of Lockport. Grandmother of: Shannon (Jason) Schultz, Michael (Amy) Colley Jr., Benjamin Seward (McKenzie), Megan (Karl) Newton, Bailey Seward (Jackson), Wendy (Bill) Luth and Gregory (Angela) Harrod. Sister of the late: Donald R. Bowers. Also survived by 14 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visitation at the Sherrie-Bream Funeral Home, 4521 Main Street, Gasport, on Monday, March 30, 2015 from 3-7 pm. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 11:00 am from Hartland United Methodist Church, 8017 Ridge Road, Gasport, NY. Interment will be in Hartland Central Cemetery Gasport, NY.

Flowers gratefully declined, memorials appreciated to the Hartland United Methodist Church.

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