Adena Seguine Holsinger
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Adena Seguine Holsinger, longtime Springfield, Missouri resident, on November 26, 2013 passed from this life at Des Moines, WA into her heavenly home hearing "Well done good and faithful daughter of the Lord." She worked to make her community a good place in which to live and work.
Adena Mae Seguine was born Aug. 8, 1926 in Fostoria, Ohio and raised in Toledo. She received her degree in music from Indiana Wesleyan University; and later took additional music studies at the College of William & Mary, and graduate work in Latin American studies at Ohio State University.
She was the daughter of Della Fry and Richard Seguine. The Fry family were Swiss. The Seguine family were French Huguenots [Calvinist Protestants]. In 1685, when Louis XIV revoked the ancient Treaty of Nantes which granted freedoms for French Protestants, the Seguine family fled to America for religious freedom; settling on Staten Island, NY where there is still a "Seguine Avenue" and a "Seguine Point." Several of her father's ancestors fought in the American Revolution.
In addition to their daughter Adena, there were three sons (Martin, Ray, & Wesley) born to Della and Richard Seguine.
Following graduation from University, Adena Mae Seguine taught two years in Canyonville, Oregon, and later in Bowling Green, Ohio. During her life she taught hundreds of private piano students.
Mrs. Holsinger involved herself deeply in the life of the community and schools wherever the family lived. Professionally, Mrs. Holsinger was an officer in musical organizations such as the Piano Teachers Forum, the Federated Music Clubs and its Junior Festival. She supported the summer program of Opera in the Ozarks. The Missouri Federation recognized her with a "Life Time Achievement Award."
Mrs. Holsinger was a life-member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Regent of the Missouri Rachel Donelson Chapter. She was also a member of the Missouri Colonial Dames 17th Century, and an associate member of the Washington Tillicum DAR chapter.
Adena was an active member and officer of the Springfield Christian Women's Club Connection, and an officer in faculty women organizations in Missouri and California and president of the local and national Evangel University Auxiliary. She received the Auxiliary's respected "Second Mile Award." With her husband Calvin, she helped develop the Celtic Society and the German Society in the Ozarks.
Over the years she entertained hundreds of college students in her home. Together with her husband she authored a cookbook, An Historian's Cookbook: Foods for Friends and Scholars.
She used her musical and other talents in the work of the church, teaching Sunday School and leading Bible studies and prayer groups. It was always her goal to add worth to everyone's life that she touched; and to encourage people to know Christ as their savior. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Dr. J. Calvin Holsinger, retired professor of Evangel University, her daughter Cori Hartje (Mrs. Lacey E. Hartje) of Redmond, WA, two grandsons Ryan and Kent; and a brother Ray Seguine of Las Vegas, NV.
Burial will be in the family plot at White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Springfield, Missouri. A Memorial Service celebrating her life and Christian faith will be held in the Terrace Hall of the Wesley Homes on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2:30 p.m. The address is 816 S. 216th St, Des Moines WA 98198. This has been her residence for the past year.
An Adena Seguine Holsinger Piano Scholarship has been established at Evangel University, 1111 N. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65802. Friends desiring to honor her may make a charitable gift to this scholarship; the university will inform the family of any gifts.
Online condolences may be made at www.klingner-midtown.com.
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Published in the News-Leader on Dec. 1, 2013