Mark Seem, 66, formerly of Harmony

Mark Seem

Mark Seem, 66, formerly of Lanesboro and Harmony, died on Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Omaha, Neb.

He was born on Jan. 12, 1952, in Lanesboro to Junice (Jenson) and Ernest Seem.

He grew up in Harmony and was baptized at Highland Lutheran Church and confirmed at Greenfield Lutheran Church.

He graduated from Harmony High School in 1970. While in high school he was an excellent student, but also an excellent musician, playing trumpet in the band and singing baritone in the church and high school choirs.

He was married to his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Richardson on Aug. 3, 1973, at Greenfield Lutheran Church.

He graduated from Luther College in 1974 and while there sang in the Nordic Choir under Weston Noble. Music was such a joy to him and he sang several solos for Handel’s Messiah and in the choir. He then attended Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa and was ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 1980.

He served congregations at Zion Lutheran in Carleton, Neb., American Lutheran in Lincoln, Neb., and finally at Pella Lutheran in Omaha from 1984 to 2012. His relationships with his congregants were some of the most profound of his life. As a minister, he also worked as a strong advocate for the mentally ill, the homeless and the alcoholic. He was himself a “friend of Bill W.” for many years and had some of his most spiritual relationships with other AA members.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Bonnie of Omaha; sons, Matthew (Brittny) Seem of Bellevue and Jacob Seem of Littleton, Colo.; brother, John (Renee) Seem of Henrietta, N.Y., and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Seem and Junice Olson; stepfather, Don Olson; father and mother-in-law, Gene and Deloris Richardson.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, May 3, at Augustana Lutheran Church in Omaha, Neb. An additional memorial service will be held sometime this summer for his cremains at Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in his name to Luther College, Parkinson’s Nebraska and Augustana Lutheran Church at 3647 Lafayette Ave, Omaha, NE 68131.