A National Weather Service meteorologist died last weekend due to recent health complications.
Amy Seeley, a meteorologist based at the National Weather Service’s Romeoville office and a Waukegan resident, died Aug. 17 from complications from a stroke she suffered a couple of weeks earlier. She was 49, according to her obituary.
A Downers Grove native, Seeley graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1992 and began her career as an intern at the National Weather Service in the Chicago area about three decades ago. She held the titles of port meteorological officer, forecaster and, most recently, an observations program leader at the weather service.
Richard Jenkins, Seeley’s partner of five years, said Seeley also was active in the Coast Guard auxiliary for 20 years and a member of the International Shipmasters for 25 years. On top of her volunteerism and full-time job, Seeley would work at breweries after being introduced to friends who brewed beer a couple of years ago, Jenkins said.
“This girl was so, so busy and very fun-loving,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins said Seeley loved animals – including her three rescue cats Sox, Jake and Elwood – and going to zoos was a favorite pastime. He said she also loved NASCAR, was a die-hard Chicago White Sox fan and had an “inexplicable love for cows,” as he put it.
Jenkins said one story that comes to mind is when they were looking at their first house together in 2016. Upon further inspection, he said, Seeley was elated to come across a full-sized cutout of a cow on the property.
“And she turned to me and said, ‘I think this is it,’ ” Jenkins said with a laugh.
Jenkins said Seeley’s colleagues and friends are trying to set up a meteorology scholarship fund at NIU in her memory.
In addition to Jenkins, Seeley is survived by her mother, Jacqueline, and her father, Dale Gustafson, sister, Kristen Bassam Helou and stepchildren, Charles and Rachel Jenkins.