Joyce Wethkamp Seaman

January 10, 1928 - November 11, 2008

01/10/1928 - 11/11/2008

Past Services

Thursday November 13, 2008
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home Denbigh Chapel
12893 Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, VA 23608
757-874-4200 | Directions
Friday November 14, 2008
1:00 pm
St. Jerome Catholic Church
116 Denbigh Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23608
757/877-5021 | Directions

Joyce Wethkamp Seaman, 80, passed away November 11, 2008 at Mary Immaculate Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on January10, 1928 to Henry and Mary Wethkamp in Bayport , New York . She was a devoted daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother. Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her grandson, James A. Thompson.

Surviving her are her sons, Henry W. Seaman and J. Gill Seaman; her daughter, Cheryl A. Thompson and husband, Leonard; and her granddaughter, Johnna Lea Backus and husband, David. Also surviving Joyce are her sister, Mebby W. Banaszak and two nieces.

Joyce retired from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation after 27 years where she served as executive secretary to the Chairman of the Board and the President of the foundation, Carlisle Humelsine.

Joyce was devoted to her family, her friends, and her church. She was a member of St. Jerome ‘s Catholic Church. She was a long time member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas , Court of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. As a member of this organization, she served in numerous offices. At her death, Joyce was the 1st Vice Regent for the state of Virginia . Joyce was a devoted volunteer at Mary Immaculate Hospital where she volunteered for over 28 years and was on the 5000-6000 Hour List of volunteers.

The visitation will be held on Thursday, November 13 from 6:00 until 7:30 PM at the Denbigh Chapel of Altmeyer Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, November 14 at 1:00 PM at St. Jerome ‘s Catholic Church, 116 Denbigh Blvd. , Newport News . It will be officiated by Father Joseph Majewski. Interment will be at Holy Sepulcher Catholic Cemetery , Coram, Long Island , NY at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel, 12893 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, VA. 23608.

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Michelle Robertson
8 years ago

Cheryl and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss but what a wonderful life of service your mother led…she will be missed here but I know there are celebrations in Heaven…much love to you and I look forward to hugging you soon….M

Dana Harshberger
8 years ago

Cheryl and Johnna Lea,

Sorry to hear about your grandmother. You both are in my thoughts.

Kind regards, ~Dana

Sandra Bean
8 years ago

Cheryl, I don’t have the right words to console you. Be strong and I love you! Sandra

Ken & Cecile Thompson
8 years ago

Dear Family,

Our prayers are with you all at this sad time. Please know we are all thinking of you. A happier time will come soon when we all gather together. A big hug to all of you.


Ken and Cecile

Shirley and Dave Seyfried
8 years ago

Dear Joyce’s Family,

We were so sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We enjoyed working and visiting with Joyce at National Catholic Daughter functions and at the Virginia Habitat build. May God be with you at this time and bring you peace.


Shirley and Dave Seyfried

Second Vice National Regent and husband

Bill Lis
8 years ago

Joyce, may God keep you in comfort and peace. You were like a mother to me and I love you dearly.

Evelyn Saxton
8 years ago

May your family find peace in knowing that Joyce is happy and at peace in the loving arms of our Lord.

Evelyn Saxton, National Director


Helen Johnson
8 years ago

My deepest sympathy on the death of Joyce. She will be kept in my prayers, along with her family and her CDA sisters.

Helen Johnson, CDA Natl Legis

Claudia R. Bosch
8 years ago

My prayers and sincerest sympathy are with you in your time of sorrow. I had the priviledge of knowing Joyce through Catholic Daughters and knew what a lovely lady she was. Cherish your memories for they are everlasting.


Claudia R. Bosch, Immediate Past National Regent

connie pagan
8 years ago


Janet Martineau
8 years ago

Please accept our prayers and thoughts as you bid farewell to Joyce. She shared her gifts and served as an example of our sisterhood. Janet Martineau, National Director and State Regent of Montana

Emily Guilherme
8 years ago

The California State Court sends our prayers and sympathy on your loss may the wonderful memories of Joyce be a comfort to you at this time.

God Bless

Emily Guilherme

State Regent of California

Tess Cersovski, OR CDA State Sec.
8 years ago

The Catholic Daughters in the state of Oregon send our thoughts and prayers to Joyce’s family and all the CDA members in the state of Virginia. You are in our daily prayers. Blessings on your day.

Delma Araiza
8 years ago

To All the Seaman Family, please accept the heartfelt condolences for the loss of our Catholic Daughter Sister. As the days and weeks pass and as you return to lives daily routines, may you continue to be comfortted by the Love and Support of Family and Friends. May Joyce rest in peace.

Delma Araiza, State Regent

Arizona State Catholic Daughters.

Sue Bucher - Court Stella Maris
8 years ago

To Joyce’s Family’

May the prayers and words from your Mom’s many friends help to comfort you We have lost a very special lady. It was an honor to know her and work with her through the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

May God Bless all of you.

Joanne Tomassi
8 years ago

To the family of Joyce Seaman, Joyce was a kind, gentle, generous woman and an amazing Catholic Daughter. It was my privelege to have known her. My condolences to you. I know Joyce is in the hands of our Savior.

Joanne Tomassi

National Regent Elect

Catholic Daughters of the Americas

Paulette Kraiter
8 years ago

To the family of Joyce, Please accept the condolances from the North Dakota Catholic Daughters of the Americas. May your memories soon bring a smile to your faces. Paulette Kraiter–State Regent

Duchess Collins
8 years ago

Words cannot express the thoughts and sympathy that reach out to you now, but may memories of Joyce confort you in the days ahead.

Lauren Kumph
8 years ago

You are in my heart. Rest in peace in a place free of pain and illness.