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Patricia O'Connor-Seger, 68, passed away of complications from Alzheimerâ€™s disease at her home inÂ StarkvilleÂ on June 6.
Born October 31, 1942 inÂ Highland Park, Ill., Patty Seger was an accomplished artist with a distinguished career of work in fine art and graphic design.Â She held a B.A. fromÂ BaratÂ CollegeÂ inÂ Lake Forest, Ill. and an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.Â Her life pilgrimage included 16 years of service as a catholic nun with the Order of the Sacred Heart.Â In 1972, she created and became director of Designhouse, a graphic design studio, and in 1995, she founded its successor business NewIDEAS (New Institute for Design in Electronic Applications and Services). At Mississippi State University, she was for a number of years a faculty member with the Department of Art teaching Animation and Electronic Imaging. Subsequently, she served as the Art Director of the Computational Design Lab at the NSF/Engineering Research Center. She authored two books and designed layouts for more than a dozen others. She specialized in Corporate Image Design and created logos for over 100 U.S.Â businesses and organizations, winning annual Corporate Identity awards for her work. She also designed and installed more than two dozen exhibit modules of varying scales and subjects throughout the country and abroad. Her photographs, fine art work, painted ceramics and original jewelry are widely distributed.
Oâ€™Connor-Seger is survived by her husband of twenty-nine years Joe Seger of Starkville; his children Daniel J. Seger of Canton, Conn., James D. Seger ofÂ Brooklyn, N.Y., Robert J. Seger of North Granby, Conn., and Kariman Pierce of Tucson, Ariz.; four sisters, Mary Beth McGivern of Edwardsville, Ill., Sophia Thundercloud of Ashland, Oreg., Kathy Schell of New York City, N.Y., and Colleen Schwanz of Glenview, Ill.; and five brothers Richard Oâ€™Connor III of Lake Oswego, Oreg., Nicholas Oâ€™Connor of Ashland, Oreg., Michael Oâ€™Connor of Quincy, Ill.,Â Kevin Oâ€™Connor of Kent, Wash., and Timothy Oâ€™Connor of Notre Dame, Ind. Mrs. Seger was predeceased by her father Richard D. Oâ€™Connor IIÂ of Highwood, Ill. and Mary Aurelia Fletchinger of Mobile, Ala.
Memorial services with her family will be arranged at a later date. Her final resting place will be in Merrill, Wis.Â Condolences can be expressed online atÂ http://www.welchfuneralhomesinc.com.Â Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimerâ€™s Association. Donate online at http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp.