Harry Seltzer

November 20, 1926March 13, 2019

Harry Seltzer. Sweetest tough guy we will ever know.

Harry was born to Kobe and Anna Seltzer in St. Louis on November 20, 1926.

Harry was a devoted husband to Joan Seltzer (nee Birnbaum) and a loving and proud father to Garry (Cynthia), Jill Schupp (Mark) and Joy (Wayne Hoffman). He was a warm and fun-loving grandpa to Kevin (Erin), Blake, Courtney, Michael Ashley (Valerie), Joey (Alex), Samantha, Brandon, Alex (fiancée Mallory) and Jordan (Jess). Great-grandpa to Charlie, Millie, Teddy, Luke, Wade, Samson and Riley.

He was a kind and generous brother and brother-in-law to the late Dorothy (the late Ben) Tish, Minnette (the late Sidney) Maltzman, Harriet (the late Spiro) Abatgis, the late Lynn (the late Martin) Kopolow and the late Jerry Birnbaum, dear uncle, cousin and friend.

Harry served our country as a Marine in WWII and was forever grateful and changed by that experience. He and his father owned a junk yard in Alorton, Illinois until 1971 when Harry joined Weber Chevrolet and became a top and respected salesperson for 28 years. He was a genuine, caring, down-to-earth man who was loved by all and will be missed every day.

During the last year and a half, the staff at The Sheridan at Creve Coeur provided Harry care, love and friendship for which his family is grateful.

Rest in peace, Dad. We will love and miss you forever.

Visitation Sunday, March 17, 1:30 p.m. at BERGER MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 9430 Olive Boulevard. Funeral Service follows at 2p.m. Interment at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, 650 White Road. Memorial contributions preferred to the Jewish War Veterans of St. Louis or to the Joan and Harry Seltzer Family Fund for Improving Women's Lives at Congregation Shaare Emeth or the Alzheimer’s Association.


  • Visitation Sunday, March 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, March 17, 2019
  • Interment Following Service Sunday, March 17, 2019
  • Shiva Sunday, March 17, 2019
  • Shiva Monday, March 18, 2019
  • Shiva Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Harry Seltzer

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Mark Tish

March 15, 2019

Uncle Harry was a hero for me. He exemplified what it means to be dedicated to family and friends. He was a loyal and loving son to his father, Kobe, and a loving father and grandfather to his children. When my wife was hospitalized for leukemia, Uncle Harry would often call. He would tell me how important it is to spend each day caring for those who you love. He and Aunt Joan created a wonderful home that I as a youngster was privileged to experience, and later, as an adult, recognize as a place of true happiness. It’s no accident that Joan and Harry named their last child Joy. I have many wonderful memories of my Uncle Harry - riding on the back seat of his Cushman, eating salami sandwiches in his kitchen, talking about the importance of patriotism, seeing the happiness that he brought my mother when he drove a new convertible from St. Louis to her doorstep in Houston shortly after my father’s death. And there are many more. What comes very fittingly to my mind with the death of my Uncle Harry is a quotation from Shakespeare. “Let heaven and nature stand up and say: This was a man!”