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Marian Seymour Peed Weisz passed away on February 25, 2018, at home in Watertown, NY with her family, friends, and her precious cats by her side. She was 76.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cleveland Funeral Home, Watertown, NY.
Marian, and her twin sister Martha, were born in Sandusky OH, on November 6, 1941, the daughters of Paul W. and Margaret S. (Seymour) Peed. They were raised in a house filled with love, music and conversation, and a proud Scottish heritage. Throughout their lives, Marian and Martha shared many similar passions: love of animals, wildlife, photography, writing, music, and literature.
Marian attended schools in Lima OH and Indianapolis IN, and graduated in 1959 from Warren PA High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Humanities in 1963 from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware OH, and her Master in Education and Community Relations in 1969 from Springfield College as part of the National Teacher Corps Program.
In 1962, Marian participated in the Southern US Study Tour, sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan University and Denison University, to study race relations. The group travelled to Nashville, Atlanta, and Tuskegee. The group met with several Civil Rights leaders including John Lewis. From 1963-1965, Marian worked as the Warren YWCA Program Director. In 1964, Marian was selected as a US Delegate to YWCA/YMCA World Conference. They participated in programs in Geneva, Beirut, the Holy Lands, and Athens. Upon return to Warren, Marian gave slide lectures to the community groups who helped fund her travels.
From 1967-1969, she taught in the Worcester public schools as part of the National Teacher Corps Program. From 1969-1971 she was Associate Director of the International Institute in Boston, assisting immigrants and refugees.
From 1971-1972, Marian was the Adult Education Supervisor for the Massachusetts Department of Education. From 1976-1983, she worked as the City of Boston Health Coordinator of Elder Affairs and directed the Visiting Aides Program. From 1983-1984, Marian was the Regional Director of Boston University Graduate Programs Overseas in Frankfurt, Germany. In 1984, Marian started as an Adult Education Specialist with the Department of Army Continuing Education Services, and worked with soldiers at the Fulda Germany Military Community from 1984-1989, at Fort Drum NY from 1989-2003 and 2006-2010, and at Fort Richardson Alaska from 2003-2006.
Throughout her career, Marian continued her education by participating in the Harvard Graduate Management Program, completing the Disney Institute Leadership and Business Management training, and completing the Jefferson Leadership Institute sponsored by Watertown Chamber of Commerce.
Marian served as a Board member of Hospice in Dorchester MA, and as a Board member of Literacy Volunteers of Jefferson County NY.
Marian was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Margaret, her twin sister Martha, her uncles and aunts, and many loving pets.
Marian is survived by her faithful cats Reddy and Sweetie Pie of Watertown, NY; her forever friend Molly Murphy of Tucson, AZ; her cousins Margaret Iversen (Larry) of Bremerton, WA, and Ronald Simmermacher of Everett, WA; and many cousins in Ohio.
Many thanks to her “Squad” of incredible caregivers: Tammy Parks, Tina Desormeau, Beth Peer, Marge Falter and Jessica Jarrell.
There are no memorial services planned at this time. Close friends will scatter Marian’s, and her sister Martha’s, ashes at Niagara Falls, NY this summer.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Marian’s memory to Hospice of Jefferson County 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY, 13601
Online condolences may be made at www.clevelandfuneralhomeinc.com.
Hospice of Jefferson County
1388 Gotham Street, Watertown NY 13601