Marian Elaine Seiler

May 27, 1925 ‒ June 16, 2016

Zephyrhills, Florida
Formerly of Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Marian Elaine (Little) Seiler passed away Thursday evening June 16, 2016 in Zephyr Haven Health and Rehabilitation Center, Zephyrhills, Florida where she has lived since 2011.  She was 91.

Born May 27, 1925 in Turtle Creek, PA to H. Curran and Christina Jenkner Little, she graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1942.  In 1946 she graduated from Miami University in Oxford, where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.

After graduation Marian moved to live with her family in Pittsburgh, PA where she worked at H. J. Heinz Company as a dietician performing quality assurance testing until her marriage to Justin A. Seiler in 1949.

She and Justin lived in Mansfield, where they operated Seiler Engineering and Surveying and raised their family.  She was a member of Central United Methodist Church.

Marian loved her family, she loved to be with people and was a loyal friend.  She was a joy to be around and was happiest when surrounded by her family or friends.   Her smile and laughter were contagious, Marian was always cheerful.

She is survived by her daughter, Gail (Earl) Young, Zephyrhills, FL; son, Douglas C. (Lynn) Seiler, Mansfield; grandchildren Carolyn (Joseph) Knothe, Warrensburg, MO; Kara (John) Niziurski, Suwanee, GA; Phillip (Laura) Young, Birmingham, AL; Steven (Sarah) Seiler, Williamsburg, VA; and great grandchildren Justin and Camille Knothe, Emeric and Josephine Seiler, and  Hudson Young. Her husband, Justin predeceased her in death in 2000 as did her brother, Robert C. Little in 2011.

A service in celebration of her life will be held Saturday, July 16 at 2 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, Mansfield. Burial was in Mansfield Cemetery. A celebration of her life will also be held in Zephyr Haven.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marian’s memory may be made to Gorman Nature Center, 2295 Lexington Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio 44907.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Seiler family, send them a message of sympathy and support – and see Marian’s tribute video – online at:


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  • Gail & family, Sorry to hear of your moms passing. I know you will miss her dearly. We have been gone, helping daughter and family move to next duty station. I saw your moms obituary in the paper this morning. I have a care plan meeting for mother tomorrow. I will keep you in my thoughts. Barbara

    • Barbara, thank you so much for your thoughts, your prayers, your friendship and the lovely gift of the cheery hibiscus. I keep you and your mom in my heart, also.


  • The Video was absolutely lovely. We will be with you in spirit on the 16th.
    All our love, Dick and Jane

    • Thank you, Jane and Dick. We know you will be with us in spirit during her memorial service.
      Gail and Hud

  • What a wonderful tribute to a beautiful life and beautiful woman. She was always smiling. Thanks for sharing all of your memories.
    Our love,
    Amy and Joe

    • Amy and Joe, she was indeed a beautiful and cheerful woman.It was our joy to share the memories. Thank you for thinking of us.
      Gail and Hud

  • Gail and Doug–I had recently been thinking about the old Carpenter Road days, then received the link to your mother’s obituary from Chris. We just lost our mother last February 28–our dad, 14 years ago.

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I still remember her (and your dad) very well. They were always nice, so friendly, and fun.

    You’re in my thoughts during this sad time.

    • Thank you, Resa, We appreciate your condolences and are sorry for the loss of your parents, too. When I think of you and Chrissy, I picture you as children…but I know we are all a lot older now! We did have an idyllic childhood on Carpenter Road, we were blessed to have wonderful families and neighbors.
      Take care,

  • Your mom was such a beautiful person inside and out and we feel so blessed to have known her. What an amazing and heartfelt video of her life and how much she meant to everyone of you. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Love, The Burgess Family

    • Thank you, Beverly,you know she loved you and your family! She delighted being called Marian the Librarian by Dan, he made her giggle every time he said it.She enjoyed watching your children grow up and was proud of each one of their accomplishments.

  • Hi, Kara! I knew when I saw your grandmother’s photo that you would be related to this lovely woman. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am no longer the principal at St. Peter’s (retired to take care of my mom) but I sure do still feel close to everyone there and wanted to reach out to you today. God bless you!

  • Gail I was so sorry to here about ur mom, but we no she’s in a better place now. She was a very sweet lady and always had a beautiful smile. I feel very blessed to have known her. My thoughts an prayers are with you an your family.
    Betty Rose

    • Thank you, Betty Rose,she certainly was special. She always enjoyed talking to you, she got such a kick out of your Georgia accent!

      Love, Gail and Earl