Otto F. Seidelman

Seidelman, Otto F. 92, of Marseilles, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, January 28 at Fox River Lutheran Church on US 52 near the junction with 71. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. at the church with Pastor Nick Marcoux officiating. Interment will be at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery. He was born March 25, 1920, in Aurora to Emil Johann and Rosine Caroline (Muschler) Seidelmann. He married the love of his life and his lifetime friend and partner, Lillian Maxine Boyd at Cross Lutheran Church in Yorkville, on August 28, 1943. Their son James, was born on the day of their tenth wedding anniversary. Last August Otto and Lillian celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. Otto loved Lillian more than life itself and being reunited will bring him great joy and happiness. Otto graduated from East Aurora High School and went on to complete a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. After he graduated he began a long and successful career as an engineer designing, engineering and troubleshooting the production and operation of diesel locomotives for Electra-Motive, a division of General Motors. Or, as Otto used to say, "Generous Motors." His tenure at GM was interrupted by WWII, when he enlisted to serve as an officer in the Navy managing the radar unit on the USS Baltimore. After the war, he and Lillian embarked on a wonderful life balanced by hard work and great fun. During their many happy years together, Lillian and Otto spent much of their time dancing, traveling and enjoying the company of their many friends. After Otto retired in 1976, they moved from Aurora to Marseilles where they continued to dance away the nights. For the two of them, life was for living and together, they had a truly wonderful life. Like Lillian, Otto had a deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ his savior. In Aurora they were members of Our Savior Lutheran Church. In recent years they found a church and congregation they were very excited to be part of. Otto always loved a great sermon, and he believed deeply in the words and lessons of the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments. Other than Lillian's company, and her pride and approval of him as a husband, father and Christian man, Otto loved and looked forward to the sermons of Pastor Kevin Garner at Fox River Lutheran Church. Otto is survived by his son, James and his spouse, Jeanette, and two granddaughters, Lauren and Anna. The family wishes to express its deep appreciation to Kris Jackson for her ongoing care and support during Otto's transition and to other wonderful people from the Fox River Church family who were great friends to Otto and Lillian and who provided care and sustenance to the end. Seals-Campbell Funeral Home 1009 E. Bluff St., Marseilles, IL 61341. 815-795-5151

Published in Beacon News on Jan. 25, 2013