OBITUARY

Robert Max Seiler

June 18, 1929June 3, 2021
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Son of Swiss parents, Max and Lucy, Robert Max Seiler was born and grew up in northern New Jersey, along with his sisters Alice and Sue. After briefly studying engineering at MIT, he decided to focus on a career in music education and the string instruments. As a young man, he enjoyed travelling and mountaineering, in Europe and in the US. He had a long career as a school music teacher, focusing on teaching the string instruments, and performing in numerous orchestras. He taught in schools in Saranac Lake, NY, Valley Stream, NY, and Chappaqua, NY. In Chappaqua, he was the orchestra director at Bell Middle School for twenty-two years. In 1967 he married Joan Heinsohn, and they were married for over 50 years. At age 62 he retired from full-time teaching, to spend more time playing his violin. He was a loving father to his son Frederick, and a devoted husband to his wife Joan. During Joan’s long decline from Alzheimer’s Disease, he was a dedicated and tireless caregiver. He is survived by his sister Alice Drish and son Frederick.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, June 13, 2021

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Antoinette Hächler

June 26, 2021

Dear Alice, Fred and Roksana,

From Hemula, we have only just heard of the passing of Bob. We are so sorry to hear this news. Bob and Joan were such a big part of our parents’ life (especially for Georg) and they often talked about the relatives in America. It was lovely to see so many pictures from their visits to Switzerland, especially the one in Lenzburg. Our thoughts are with you all. Kindest wishes and big hugs from Antoinette, Stefan und Corinne Hächler

William McCollam

June 14, 2021

Farewell Bob, you were a wonderful friend and person. All who knew you are better for that. We will miss you greatly, remember you always, and think of you often.

Your presence is indelible and forever with us. We will see the butterfly on a flower, a tree in bloom, a bird on wing or a lone cloud moving across the sky and recognize you.

Thanks for being you.

Tony and Georgia

John Long

June 13, 2021

A truly gifted and talented gentleman of the old school, Bob was an enthusiastic learner and teacher to the end. His personal and professional accomplishments were lengthy and memorable.

I really wanted everyone I know to have an opportunity to meet and get to know Bob. My life was enhanced by having Bob as a pal.

Stephanie Povirk

June 8, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Seiler when his wife attending our adult day center. He was the most caring, attentive caregiver to his wife! He drove her every day and always helped to gently lift her out of the car. He knew everything she liked, down to Key Lime Pie flavored desserts that she was still able to swallow in the later stages of the disease process, and made sure those who cared for her knew, too! Mr. Seiler volunteered to play his violin for small groups as well while his wife attended, sharing his talents with others for whom music was an integral part of their lives (and a great comfort!). He even donated some of Joan's artwork to help raise money for the organization. Mr. Seiler was the kind of spouse everyone hopes for and will always stand out in my mind as an exceptional person. He was a wonderful man to work with, and it is with a heavy heart that I leave my condolences to his son, daughter-in-law, and other family here. With love, Stephanie Houpt, Insight Memory Care Center

Cindy Little

June 7, 2021

Fred and Roksana, My heartfelt condolences on the loss your your dear father (-in law), my loving Uncle Bob. I have fond memories, especially from when I was a very little girl...Uncle Bob always made me feel so special. I remember him sharing slides of his travels, as well as his playing two special songs for me on his violin - The Flight of the Bumblebee and Get Along Home Cindy Cindy. Being left behind at his house with him and your mom and making them play Twister until my family came back for me. :-) And I remember their (your) lovely home in Chappaqua. I will miss Uncle Bob's soft voice and gentle ways.

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