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Herbert A. Seifter


Herbert A. Seifter

Herbert A. Seifter, 89, peacefully passed away at Francis House on Sunday, July 8, 2012, where he was treated with loving care.

He was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Stuyvesant High School and Columbia University, both in New York City. Following graduation from college and service in the Army as a medic, he began a career in business.

He took over his wife’s father’s leather business, based in New York City, known as Goliger Leather Co., Inc., in his late 20s, after his father-in-law had a stroke.

In 1964 he moved the family from Long Island to Gloversville, N.Y., where the leather tannery was located, and maintained the New York location as a sales office. He successfully grew the business until 1977, when he sold the business and began his retirement at age 54.

He lived with his wife, Elaine, first in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and then in Brevard from 1977 until 2012. During his retirement years, he actively pursued his many interests. He played the clarinet in a band, sang in a choir, acted in plays and musicals, played tennis, and volunteered at a senior center to lead discussions on political events.

He also was a regular columnist for the local paper in Brevard writing on topics such as social security, health care reform, and presidential politics.

In 2012 he moved to the Nottingham Retirement Community to be closer to his son, Lowell, daughter-in-law, Sharon McAuliffe, and grandson, Gabe.

His wife, Elaine, and daughter, Sandra, both predeceased him.

He is survived by his sons, Lowell Seifter and wife, Sharon McAuliffe, of Jamesville, and Russell Seifter and wife, Amanda, of North Miami; his sisters, Harriet Bittens and Joan Greenberg, both of Tuscon, Ariz; and three loving grandchildren, Gabe Seifter, of Syracuse, Catherine Jane Wise, of Brooklyn, N.Y.and Miriam Seifter, of San Francisco, Calif.

A memorial service celebrating his life was held at Sisskind Funeral Chapel in Syracuse, N.Y.

Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made in his honor to Francis House, 108 Michaels Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13208


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