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Joseph Seiler

07/26/1938 – 10/26/2023


Obituary For Joseph Seiler

Joseph Patrick Seiler of Putnam Valley, NY passed away surrounded by loved ones on the evening of October 26th, 2023. Born on July 26th, 1938 to Cecilia Sullivan Seiler (dec.) and Peter Seiler (dec.), Joseph grew up in the Bronx, NY with his brother Peter Seiler (Vicki, dec.).

During his childhood in the Bronx, Joseph attended St. Anthony’s Grade School (1952) and All Hollows High School (1956). It was during his time in the Bronx he met the love of his life, Anita Quinlivan. Shortly after graduating from Iona College with a Bachelor’s Degree, Joseph and Anita married on June 11, 1960. After the two married, they decided to put down roots in Putnam Valley, NY. Afterward, he went on to receive a Master of Science in Education from Fordham University in 1964.

Joseph taught Social Studies at Hendrick Hudson High School in Montrose, NY for 34 years. A dedicated educator, Joseph spent many summers traveling extensively throughout Africa and Asia to better understand the cultures he was teaching about. Joseph also served his community as a charter member of the Putnam Valley Rotary Club, and as Governor of the Rotary International District from 1998-1999.

A devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather; teacher, and traveler, Joseph’s life was spent loving and caring for others. While he enjoyed breakfast at Pastel’s, reading the paper, and learning about history, his best moments were those spent with loved ones in Surf City, Long Beach Island. Over the course of fifty years, Joseph was able to watch his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren grow up on the Jersey shore.

Joseph is survived by his wife Anita and their four children: Joseph (Annette), Kenneth, Ellen (Robert), and Michael (Lori); his eight grandchildren: Amanda (T.J), Ryan (Chelsea), Kristen (Alex), Michael, Erin, Kerri, Lauren, Joey; and his two great-grandchildren: Olivia and Quinlivan. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A wake will be held on Monday, October 30th from 3-7 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, 35 Morrissey Dr., Putnam Valley. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Tuesday, October 31st at 11 a.m. at the North American Martyrs, Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley.

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