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Carol (Seesing) Harper
Smith Funeral Home - New Wilmington, Pennsylvania

Carol (Seesing) HarperCarol, born Caroline Helen Seesing, of New Wilmington, PA, best friend and wonderful wife, step-mother, grandmother, and friend to many, passed peacefully Saturday morning, November 29th, 2008, just after midnight, in Jameson Hospital, New Castle, PA at the age of 70. She had valiantly fought metastatic colon cancer for over 18 years, enduring 9 surgeries and several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation.  In the end, her organ and immune systems were so weakened that she could not fight off the last bout of pneumonia.
 
Carol was born June 22nd, 1938, in Bay Shore, NY, to German immigrant parents and inherited the German stubbornness and determination, along with her strong faith, that served her well while fighting the disease.  She grew up in Sayville, Long Island, NY.  After high school, she was employed as a Prudential Insurance Office Supervisor in Patchogue, NY,  as a flight attendant for Delta Air based in Miami, FL, and Houston, TX, a bankruptcy investigator in Houston, a Marketing Coordinator for Oceaneering, Inc. in Clear Lake, TX, a NASA subcontractor for the Johnson Space Center, and as a secretary in the Open Gates Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX.  Carol was a ballet dancer well into her early 40s, a pianist, a skier, a scuba diver, and ceramics potter, and had a beautiful singing voice.  But most of all she was an avid gardener, and created beautiful green spaces around her homes.  She did volunteer gardening at the Armand Bayou Nature Center, Clear Lake, TX, and the Railroad Museum in Galveston, TX. She was a volunteer with Hearts of Gold at Sacred Heart Church in Galveston, a group that cooked and distributed meals to elderly home-bound church members.  She served as President of the Galveston YMCA board.  She was a life member of the Armand Bayou Nature Center and belonged to the Evening Garden Club, New Wilmington, PA.  Recently she completed the requirements to become a Lawrence County Master Gardener. 
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Martha Seesing.  She leaves her husband, Donald E. Harper, Jr., of New Wilmington, PA, step-daughter Susan Smith, her husband Chris, and grandchildren, Houston, Hayden and Katherine, all of Allen, TX, a brother Gus Seesing, and wife Janet, Sacramento, CA., brothers-in-law Frank Harper, and wife Carolyn, Moon Township, PA, and John Harper, and special friend Marcia Dugan, Pittsburgh, PA. Also nephews Tom Seesing, and wife Noel, Galt, CA, and Dan Seesing, and wife Becky, Little Fork, MN. niece Mary McCombs, Eddyville, IA, and cousins in Houston, TX, Waco, TX, and Salem, OR.
 
Visitation will be Tuesday from 7 to 9 PM and Wednesday 6 to 9 PM at the Smith Funeral Home, 310 West Neshannock Avenue, New Wilmington, PA.  An 11 AM funeral Mass will be held Thursday, December 4th, at St. Camillus Church, New Castle, PA.  Burial will be in Coraopolis Cemetery, Coraopolis, PA.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to colon cancer research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, or the Armand Bayou Nature Center, Clear Lake, TX.  
 
The family is grateful to Carol’s many friends who provided support, her physicians who helped her manage the disease for the past 18 years, but most especially the nursing staff of 2 West, Jamison Hospital for their unending compassion, caring and love during Carol’s last 5 months of repeated hospitalizations.
 
She inspired her friends to enjoy the outdoors and to explore the natural world and always shared her infectious laughter and gift of joy.  We will miss her beautiful smile - a smile that was always present, no matter what.



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