Gwenn Frances (Seaver) Marchese
December 16, 1946 – March 3, 2022
Gwenn Frances (Seaver) Marchese, 75, of Albany, Oregon, died at Golden Nest Adult Foster Care Home in Salem, Oregon. Gwenn was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Donald Winfield and the late Helen (Albro) Seaver.
Gwenn graduated from Sutton High School, Sutton, Massachusetts in 1964, where she was artistic director of the school newspaper and a member of the band, drama and science clubs, and student council. She then attended Kent State University, majoring in Art and English, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with dual certification in 1968, and where she met her husband, Scott. She then received Certificates of Continuing Education in Linguistics for Teachers from Cape Cod Community College, Duxbury, Massachusetts in 1969, and Contemporary Languages and Geographical Names from Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, Massachusetts in 1969 and 1970.
Gwenn began her teaching career in an elementary school art program in Warren, Ohio and taught at Plymouth-Carver Regional High School, Plymouth, Massachusetts for five years, 1968-1973. During her summers in Plymouth, she worked at Plymouth Ocean Tours, as Director of the Marine Museum and Art Gallery and as a tour guide.
Gwenn began printmaking in 1973 and, while living in Mountain View, California, ran a batik booth at the Palo Alto Artifactory for three years, from 1973 to 1976. She taught middle school in Myrtle Creek, Oregon; course to motivate students toward careers at Upward Bound, Pacific University at Forest Grove, for nine years, 1976-1985; and in the In-School Scouting program in Portland, Oregon for nine years, 1981-1990. There she led the scouts in the creation of a 40ft mural at James John School and wall hangings for the school’s main stairwells. She was coordinator of the Camp Fire Child Awareness Training (CAT) program in Portland for three years, from 1985 to 1988, and produced the designs for a CAT coloring book focusing on child safety.
After moving to Albany, Oregon, in 1990, she was an instructor and developed a curriculum for Albany Boys and Girls Club and led fourth and fifth graders in creating mural projects and coordinated an art exhibition. art for members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Alaska, Washington, Idaho, California, Nevada, Arizona and Oregon. She was an adult education instructor at Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, from 1990 to 2006, receiving an Outstanding Instructor Award in 1992. She has also shown her work in local galleries and through the Corvallis Art Guild.
Over the years Gwenn has produced batik, murals, folk art, collages, drawings, paintings and embroidery. She has published “not just for kids” coloring books for Massachusetts and Maine as well as the Oregon Coast, Portland, the Columbia River Gorge, and the Victorian homes of Albany. Beginning in June 2007, she served as Albany’s Carousel Chief Painter. Through all of these projects, she developed friendships that she maintained throughout her life. Friends across the country and the world shared stories and best wishes during her cherished final months.
Gwenn is survived by one sister, Pamela Roberts and her husband Richard of Storrs, Connecticut; one brother, Scott Seaver and his wife Barbara of New Gloucester, Maine; nephews Jonathan Roberts, David Roberts, Jason Seaver, Daniel Seaver, Travis Seaver, Matthew Seaver and Jason Bragdon; nieces Laura Allen, Sarah Mallory, Marnie Morenault and Lindsay Austin, as well as several great-nieces and nephews, associates and friends. She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Scott Marchese.
Family and friends are invited to gather to celebrate his life on Saturday, March 19, 2022, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Albany Historic Carousel & Museum, 503 First Ave West, Albany, Oregon 97321. Join us for a light supper sharing memories and enjoying the carousel she cherished. RSVP to Pam via email at [email protected] or text or leave a message at 860-428-2406.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Albany Historic Carousel & Museum, 503 First Ave West, Albany, Oregon 97321 or SafeHaven Humane Society 32220 Old Highway 34, Tangent, OR 97389.
AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home takes care of the arrangements (www.aasum-dufour.com).
Published by Albany Democrat-Herald on March 11, 2022.