George F. Seigman, a retired history teacher, designed the official seal of Summit County, which was adopted by the County Council in 1981.
The Cuyahoga Falls resident, who died March 30 at age 89, created the seal as a circle, divided into four parts. Each quarter depicts a different aspect of county history: Its beginnings as the Western Reserve wilderness, its role as a major stop along the Ohio and Erie canals, its agricultural economy and its industrial era.
At the center of the seal is “1840,” the county’s founding date. The seal’s outer ring has 10 stars – five on each side - representing the county’s status in 1981 as having Ohio’s 5th largest population and 5th largest income level.
Seigman’s seal was selected from the entries in a countywide contest initiated by civic leaders.
Seigman, who grew up in Akron, graduated in 1939 from North High School and in 1943 from Kent State University, where he studied history and art.
During World War II, he served in the Navy aboard the USS Wilkes-Barre in the Pacific.
Following his wartime service, Seigman began teaching in the Akron schools. He spent most of his career at Ellet High School before retiring in 1978.
He and his wife of 67 years, Mabel, had 11 children, 10 of whom survive. They are James D., Donna Root, Mary Andrea, Suzanne Sharnsky, Sharon Gillig, Georgeanne Vendlinski, Bonnie Gatti, Jean Rhodes, Jane Cea and Dolly Minns. Their daughter, Linda, is deceased.
In addition to his wife and 10 of his children, survivors include 23 grandchidren; 17 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Joan Minkel Everett.
Calling hours are 2-6 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Hennessy-Bagnoli Funeral Home, 936 N. Main St., Akron.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, April 4, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1761 Second St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221.
Donations may be made to the church.