David W. Seidel

Jan. 4, 1938 – March 11, 2022


David W. Seidel, 84, of Altoona, passed away peacefully Friday at his residence following a five and a half year battle with glioblastoma. He was born in Altoona, the son of the late William J. and Catherine V. (Maricq) Seidel. He married Virginia G. Folcarelli on Oct. 4, 1980, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Altoona.

Dave is survived by his wife; a brother, Timothy R. Seidel (Sonya); a sister, Christine (Seidel) Behe (David); nephews: Robert T. Seidel (Christine), Christopher J. Behe (Kelly), Dennis P. Behe (Nancy), Brian J. Behe (Nicole) and Timothy A. Behe (Julie); nieces, Deborah Schreyer (Phil) and Karen Claar; and many cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Kay Alyce (Seidel) Lint.

David was a 1956 graduate of Altoona Catholic High School. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force, during which time he attended Mitchel College of Long Island University. He retired from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor & Industry, with 30 years of service in employment and training programs. Previously, he was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad in its last 2 ¢ years of operation until 1968, which confirmed his life-long interest in railroad history. During this period, he became a founding member of the Altoona Railway Museum Club, Horseshoe Curve Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (serving as Chapter Historian) and the Railroaders Memorial Museum. He maintained an active association in these interests during his lifetime.

David was an active member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church; the ABC Photographic Society, Antique Automobile Club of America, Buick Club of America (Appalachian Chapter), Plymouth Owners Club, Blair County Antique Auto Club, Blair County Historical Society, from whom he received “The 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award: Railroad and County Historian,” Blair County Genealogical Society, Bellwood Historical Society, Tyrone Historical Society, Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society and Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees. In addition, he authored the following histories: “Horseshoe Curve” and “Altoona-Post Card History Series”; and was co-author with friend, Leonard E. Alwine of “Altoona & Logan Valley Electric Railway.” He consulted on production of a DVD about the Altoona & Logan Valley Electric Railway. He particularly enjoyed volunteering at the Railroaders Memorial Museum.

Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday March 15, 2022, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church by The Franciscan Fathers. Committal will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Dave’s memory to: Railroaders Memorial Museum, 1300 Ninth Ave., Altoona, PA 16602; Horseshoe Curve Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, P.O. Box 1361, Altoona, PA 16603; or Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church/Church Organ Fund, 806 11th St., Altoona, PA 16602.

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