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Amy A. Seager (Swem), 56, of Watervliet, formerly Buchanan, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, at home, with her family by her side.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, at First Presbyterian Church, 13 S. 4th St., Niles. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, at Swem Chapel, 301 W. Front St., Buchanan. Private burial will take place at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Buchanan. Memorial contributions may be made to West Michigan Cancer Center, 200 N. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI or the First Presbyterian Church, Building Fund, 115 W. Front St., Buchanan. Those wishing to send a condolence online may do so at

Amy was born on Feb. 11, 1966 to Richard and Anita “Becky” Swem in Niles. She graduated from Buchanan High School in 1984 and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Michigan University. On Dec. 17, 1988, she married Ric Seager at First Baptist Church in Niles.

Amy was a lifelong educator. She worked in various schools across Michigan as a teacher, at all levels. However, she found her fulfillment most as a Literacy Coach at Jackson ISD, Sturgis Public Schools, Kalamazoo Public Schools, and Schoolcraft Public Schools. In this role, she developed the skills and talents of other teachers, thereby magnifying her impact on students. Wherever she worked she left a lasting legacy of excellence.

However, the roles she relished the most were those of Mother and Wife. Her and Ric’s journey to parenthood was unique - so much so that it was chronicled on Dateline NBC! But once she became a mom, she was THE BEST! She never missed an event, game, or milestone. As a wife, she supported her husband Ric as a teacher and coach, and then as an administrator.

Amy is survived by her husband of 34 years, Ric Seager; father, Richard (Mary Soales) Swem; children, Clayton (Mikayla) Seager of Marshall, MI, Caitlin Seager of Red Wing, MN, Garrison Seager of Kalamazoo and Jacob Seager of Kalamazoo; grandson, Malachi Seager; siblings, Lisa (Beth Hoger), Rick Swem, Rob (Kim Siewert) Swem and Craig (Jill) Hubble, who made his home with the Swem family during his high school years.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Anita “Becky” Swem and daughter, Emily Seager.


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