Kay (Birt) Seiler
March 20, 1934 – July 29, 2019
Kay (Birt) Seiler, age 85, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2019 at Oakley Place retirement home in Greenville.
She was born March 20, 1934 in Greenville, Ohio to the late Leonard and Carolyn (Huber) Birt. In addition to her parents, Kay was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Seiler, whom she married March 23, 1959; one brother, Tom Birt; and one sister, Betty Swartwout.
Kay was very active in the community and served in leadership roles in many organizations. She was past-president of the Republican Women’s Club, the Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW), Eastern Star, and Civitan to name a few. She also served on the Board of Trustees for Edison State Community College, organized her high school class luncheons (Greenville class of 1952) and volunteered as a Sunday school teacher and church camp leader at the First United Church of Christ in Greenville during her children’s earlier years.
Kay may be most widely known for her political achievements. She served Ohio’s 8th Congressional District for nearly two decades with her career ending in the office of Congressman John Boehner (former Speaker of the House). Prior to that, she also worked for Congressman’s Tom Kindness and Buzz Lukens. Whenever you were told to “call your local Congressman” or you needed help “cutting through the red tape”, odds are you spoke to Kay or one of her assistants. She provided help and guidance to the citizens of the district on everything from social security issues to emergency passports to IRS problems to White House tours….just to name a few. No problem was too large or too small.
Others may remember Kay from many years ago as the “Welcome Wagon Lady”. She greeted new people to the community with gifts and merchandise from local merchants. Others may also recall her working at the local Sears store. Wherever life’s journey took her, Kay left a mark with her smiling face, high energy, and positive attitude.
Kay is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jenny and Jack Clark of Arcanum, Ohio; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Erin Seiler of Springfield, Ohio; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Cyndi Seiler of Key West, Florida; brother and sister-in-law, Wes and Kaye Birt of Summerville, South Carolina; grandchildren Katie Gabbard, Molly Clark, Dan Clark, Adam Seiler, Andrew Seiler and Aubree Smith; and new great-grandchild Isla.
The family will receive friends on Saturday August 3, 2019 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio. Memorial services will begin at 2:00 PM with Pastor Terry Haworth officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery.
A sincere thank you goes out to the Oakley Place retirement home, State of the Heart Hospice, and the Dayton Physicians Network. They all gave Kay excellent care in her battle. The family requests that Memorial Contributions be made to State of the Heart Hospice.
- Visitation Saturday, August 3, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, August 3, 2019
Kay (Birt) Seiler
August 7, 2019
My dear friend Kay
What a loyal friend you have been over the years. We have laughed, cried, and created countless memories together that will be forever tucked away in our hearts.
This world is a better place because of your presence and the legacy you have left with all who knew you is priceless.
Until we meet again
Kay with "e" Kaye Moore
August 4, 2019
You will be remember by me as the girl who could always hold her own in "Red Rover" on Oakwood St, and I will include you in my Prayers. The Birts raised a good family and I wish them my deepest feeling for there loss.
August 2, 2019
I want to express my condolences to Kay's family. We were classmates at GHS and have been good friends ever since then. I regret that I cannot attend the funeral, but I have another commitment which I cannot break.
August 1, 2019
Such fond memories of growing up next door to Kay. From playing Candyland in the house to collecting buckeyes in the yard. She had such a beautiful smile and soul. Sending prayers of peace and comfort to the family
July 31, 2019
I loved getting to know your Mother through the Birt family reunions and appreciated the work she did to bring us together. Her community work was something to be very proud of. We shall always remember and miss her. Beverly (Whited) McBride, 4110 Dunkirk Road, Toledo, Ohio 43606 (Daughter of Kenneth Birt Whited, son of Mabelle (Birt) Whited. )
July 30, 2019
Kay was a bright knowledgeable woman, she loved her little Dixie pup so much and that little dog would know ECACTLY where she was at all times. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this beautiful woman. Sincere condolences- Kay will Be watching over all of you from now on. -Monica
July 30, 2019
It was a great joy to take care of Kay. She will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her.