Eli Seighman, age 73, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at his home, the Charleston House in Beaver Dam, WI.
Eli was born on March 30, 1939 in New Salem, Pennsylvania to Charles and Hazel (Benke) Seighman. He graduated from Uniontown High School in Uniontown, PA in 1957. Eli then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University in 1961 and obtained a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree in 1962 from Western Reserve University in Ohio.
He pursued a fulfilling career in library sciences. From 1962-1967, he served as the librarian at Kenston High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He continued to offer his services as a librarian at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam from 1967 until his retirement in 2005. While at Wayland, Eli also served as the Director of the boys” dorms for over 20 years. He had an appreciation, love and talent for music and was known by many as the organist at Wayland and the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Waupun, WI. He also shared his talent at many other locations and occasions. Eli was regarded as a truly gifted and resourceful librarian who would happily assist others with his ability to locate any necessary materials. He is most often remembered for his gentle kindness to all who entered his library, whether looking for research material, a shoulder to cry on or a snack shared with a welcoming smile. In his free time, he also enjoyed reading, chocolate and making people laugh.
Survivors include his sister and brother, Shirley Buehner and Charles (Ceil) Seighman, both of Hopwood, PA: nieces; Susie Seighman of Mechanicsburg, PA, nephews; Chuck (Julie) Seighman of State College, PA, Bill (Dianne) Buehner of Hopwood, PA, Bob (Kim) Buehner of Hopwood, PA and Jack (Mary Jo) Buehner of Chalk Hill, PA; grandnephews and grandnieces; long term friends and caregivers, Diane Alpaugh and Sandra Wald; and other friends from the Wayland and Beaver Dam communities. Eli was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Emily Seighman Hester.
A memorial gathering will be held at the Kimberly Chapel at Wayland on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, with visitation between 11:00 -1:00, a service at 1:00 and reception at 2:00 in Wayland”s Pickard Dining Hall.
If desired, memorials may be made in Eli Seighman”s name to Wayland Academy, Beaver Dam, WI 53916 or New Salem Presbyterian Church, New Salem, PA 15468.
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Kimberly (Wayland) Chapel-Beaver Dam
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013, 1:00pm, Kimberly (Wayland) Chapel-Beaver Dam