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John M. Seifarth

March 30, 1929 ~ September 24, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old

John Seifarth Obituary

John Milton Seifarth, age 94, of Sewickley, passed away September 24, 2023.  John was a follower of Jesus Christ, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, musician and true gentleman.  He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Lou Jean Seifarth.  He is survived by his children, Shelley (David) Sewell of Atlanta, Georgia and John Rodd (Lara) Seifarth of Ohio Township; grandchildren John Seifarth, Jacob Seifarth, Rebecca (Michael) Pecher; great grandchildren Grant Pecher, Charlotte Pecher; nieces, nephews and their children;and sister-in-law Carole (late Roy) Boush. He was also preceded in death by his parents John Wayne and Grace (Frankhouser) Seifarth and brother, Wayne Alan (Dorothea) Seifarth.

Born March 30, 1929 in Reading, PA, John graduated from Reading High School in 1947.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sanitary Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1951, where he played French horn in the Blue Band and was a member of Triangle Fraternity.  John married Lou Jean Boush in 1952 and moved to Pittsburgh to work for the H.J. Heinz Company.  In 1954, he began a decade’s long year career in engineering consulting and management with several firms. John then accepted a position as General Manager of the Moon Township Municipal Authority, from which he retired.

John was humble and kind, with a big heart, friendly to all, “Pop Pop” to his beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren and “Uncle John” to his much loved nieces, nephews and their children.  

John had a lifelong love of music, most notably marches, band, classical, brass and jazz.  He participated in church and school choirs, and played the French horn from a young age.  At 90, John could be found in the horn sections of Community Band South, the Shriners Band of Pittsburgh and a woodwind quintet.  He was a long time member of the Fremont Avenue United Presbyterian Church (now New Life Community Church), in Bellevue, where he sang in the choir and served in leadership. He also served on the Board of Directors of West View Savings. John enjoyed attending concerts, reading, and following Pittsburgh sports teams, but he loved Penn State Nittany Lionsfootball the most, with the one exception, being any team on which his grandsons were players, most notably ice hockey and baseball.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8:00 p.m. at MCDONALD-LINN FUNERAL HOME, 529 California Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15202.  If desired, contributions can be made to Light of Life Rescue Mission, Post Office Box 645427, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-5252 or via website at, or the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15222 or via website at

A memorial worship service and celebration will be held at a future date.

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October 3, 2023

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
McDonald - Linn Funeral and Cremation Service (California Ave, PA)

October 3, 2023

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
McDonald - Linn Funeral and Cremation Service (California Ave, PA)


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