Seville (Shagrin) Young, 99, of Huron, died Thursday, July 5, 2012, at a local health care facility in Sandusky.
She was born June 29, 1913, in Cleveland, daughter of the late Adolph H. and May Z. Shagrin. She graduated from Cleveland Heights High School and from Western Reserve University’s Flora Stone Mather College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. A gifted classical pianist, she earned a Master of Arts Degree in Music from Western Reserve University.
After marrying Don J. Young Jr. in June, 1937, and moving to Norwalk, she taught school, gave private music lessons, tutored, and worked as a children’s and school librarian. She received a Masters Degree in Library Science from Western Reserve University and was elected to membership in Beta Phi Mu, National Library Science Honorary Society.
During her lengthy professional career, she taught in Norwalk Public Schools and was children’s librarian at Norwalk Public Library. She was instrumental in cataloguing and organizing the library for Firelands Museum at the time the museum relocated from its quarters in the basement of the Norwalk Public Library building. She worked as a school librarian, choral director, and English teacher at Monroeville High School.
After her husband was appointed to the Federal Judiciary, they relocated to Toledo where she took a position as school librarian at Bowsher High School.
Both as an individual and, in the company of her husband, she was active in her community. She devoted her significant talents and abilities to various philanthropic endeavors. She was a lover of the arts and humanities. She was a gifted pianist and musician and tireless mentor to the countless numbers of young people who were graced with her presence in their lives.
She is survived by her daughter Patricia Young Alverson, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; daughter-in-law Karen Young, of Sandusky; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband the Honorable Don J. Young, U.S. District Court Judge, Northern District of Ohio, Western Division; her son Dr. Don Young, of Sandusky; and brother Col. R.A. Shagrin, of Seattle.
Private graveside Services will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery, Norwalk. The Rev. Roger Skelley-Watts, pastor of the United Methodist Church, Huron, will officiate. Arrangements are being handled by Foster Funeral Home & Crematory, Huron.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice.
Condolences may be shared at fosterfh.com.