Mary Erceg Seats, 96, died peacefully Dec. 8 after a long fight with cancer. A memorial service will be set after COVID restrictions have been lifted.

Mrs. Seats was born Sept. 20, 1924, in Clairton, Pennsylvania to Croatian immigrants, Matte and Ruza Erceg. Not long after her birth, the family moved to Portland, returning to the Northwest where Matte had worked in the logging camps.

The second of nine children Mrs. Seats did her fair share of work around their modest North Portland home, chasing the cow, delivering milk, going to grade-school at Holy Cross and high-school at Immaculata. During WWII, Mrs. Seats worked as a clerk/secretary for the U.S. Maritime Commission. Following the war she worked as a secretary for Birkenwald Co. and Mercer Steel Co.

She met Robert Seats at Mercer and they were married Oct. 2, 1954. After Mr. Seats retired, the two opened their own business, Trojan Storm Window Company, which they operated until 1985. They loved spending time together and traveled to Asia, Europe, and the Holy Lands as well as frequently visiting Reno (which they preferred to Vegas).

They approached their marriage as a partnership. Mr. Seats handled the money-making side of things and Mrs. Seats held down the home-front working hard raising three boys, keeping the house immaculate and hot cooked meals always on the table.

Together they shared a mutual goal of providing for their children a life that they never had for themselves.

Mrs. Seats was preceded in death by her husband and her son James Seats.

She is survived by sons Jeff and Brian; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her sisters Rose and Genevie; and brother Donald.

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