Mary G. Seleman, 94, statistician, loved her Ukrainian heritage

Mary G. Seleman, 94, formerly of East Hartford, Connecticut and Delmar, New York, wife of the late John Seleman, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 4, 2012 in Ridgefield, CT.

Born in Hartford on May 11, 1918, she was the oldest child of Paul and Sophie (Chornat) Grogoza.

A statistician for Aetna Insurance Company for over 25 years, Mary was heavily involved in the cultural and church activities of Hartford’s Ukrainian community. Lovingly, she unselfishly gave of herself to support and nurture her family, devotedly caring for her stricken husband for the last fifteen years of his life.

Within her restored childhood home, Mary enthusiastically preserved the customs and holidays of the Ukrainian culture and made their summer cottage, a restored WWII tract home, a source of countless happy memories for her children, grandchildren and extended family. Whether sewing clothing or preserving the fruits and vegetables of her garden, Mary was a model of Depression-era resourcefulness and resilience to her children.

Mary is survived by her daughter Melanie Danyliw of Ridgefield, CT , her husband, Joseph Jr., their children Lesley, Joseph III, Jennifer, Courtney and Elizabeth, and great granddaughters Jillian and Haley; son, Gregory J. Seleman of Loudonville, NY,his wife Terri and children Jonathan and Casey; son-in-law James Kron of New Britain, CT; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband of 65 years, Mary was predeceased by their daughter, Paula Seleman Kron, a brother, Peter Grogoza, and sister Sophie Carroccia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 10 at 10:30 AM at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 961 Wethersfield Ave, Hartford.

Family will greet friends and family at the church beginning at 10AM.

Burial will follow at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, 26 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the charity of your choice.

The Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.