Gail Ann Seastrom, age 60 years of Niles, Michigan, mother, grandmother, sister, kind soul, sweet spirit, and high-speed died peacefully at 4:08 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2020 with family gathered around at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana following an extended illness. Her family chose to enhance the lives of others through a gift of tissue to Vision First – the Indiana Lions Eye Bank.
Gail’s birth was celebrated by the community as the first baby born in 1960 (on January 1) at the former Pawating Hospital (now Spectrum Health Lakeland-Niles). She was the daughter of James R. and Joann Elaine (Blair) Hocker, Jr. She attended Niles Community Schools, and has lived in this area all of her life. She was employed for many years at the Elkhart, Indiana plant of Plumrose USA producing bacon, which appears by many to be a dream job, but she found it to be only heavy and cold.
Gail loved music – especially when it was loud, with bass that could be felt – and particularly classic rock such as David Bowie. She often listened through headphones, or in the car – again: especially - when driving fast! She also enjoyed driving motorcycles fast, and when she was younger she enjoyed driving small three-wheelers on trails. Some stories have been shared of her passengers being unable to hang-on. As much as she enjoyed all of this, even greater was her love for people. She had a kind heart that prompted her to put others first, and was as sweet as she was fast.
She was married to Mark Seastrom. She was sadly preceded in death by a twenty-two-month-old granddaughter, Isabelle Ann-Marie Jasper on December 20, 2018; and also preceded in death by her father, James Hocker, Jr. and mother, JoAnn Eckler who died on April 21, 2017 and by a brother, Jim Hocker II on March 21, 2006.
Surviving family includes her children, Lester Eugene “Gene” (& Tracy) Mervine III of Buchanan, Michigan and Joseph Jasper of Niles; grandchildren Conner Mervine and Madison Mervine; and by Gail’s sisters, Linda Hocker of Edwardsburg and Terry Wirick of Niles; and several nieces and nephews.
The family of Gail Seastrom will gather privately to share memories and honor her life. Online condolences may be left at:
While Gail’s love of loud classic rock, motorcycles, and friends might have best converged at The Colonial, her kind heart, sweet smile, and generous ways were best shared with those who loved her the most – at home.
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