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August 12, 2013

Priscilla Wilcox Seifert

Priscilla Wilcox Seifert

MARGARETVILLE — Priscilla Wilcox Seifert passed away July 17, 2013 peacefully with her family at her side.

Born on Dec. 27, 1914, in Claremont, Australia, to William and Mariah (Richards) Wilcox. She grew up in northern Queensland.

In 1943, she joined the United States Army in Cairns, where she met Philip F. Seifert, a young American Lieutenant Colonel. They were married on Christmas Eve in 1943, in Cairns.

She came to the United States in 1946, and she and Philip settled in New Orleans, La., where he began his career with 3M. Eventually he went into the International division of 3M and they, with their three children, traveled and lived abroad in Sydney, Australia and London, England for many years.

Priscilla and Philip returned to Minnesota in 1968. In 1975, they retired and moved to Carefree, Ariz. In 2001, she moved to Upstate New York to be near her family.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Her family was the cornerstone of her life and being one of seven children she traveled back to Australia very often to visit her brothers and sisters and their families.

She belonged to many clubs and chaired many committees and charitable organizations over the years. She had a wide variety of interests and hobbies, from theater to sports and was an ardent fan of the New York Yankees. She had great enthusiasm for life, a very creative flair in all she did and a wonderful, never failing sense of humor.

She was gracious and generous to all who knew her. She was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

Priscilla is survived by her sons, Anthony W. Seifert of San Francisco, Calif. and Daniel F. Seifert, Wisconsin; her daughter and son-in-law, Patricia (Seifert) and Cornelis Verlaan, Bovina; granddaughters and their husbands, Eva (Seifert) and Darrin Muenzberg (New Mexico), Vivian (Verlaan) and Christopher Mooney (New York City), and Saskia Verlaan (Astoria); and great-grandson, Baern Muenzberg; her sisters and their families in Australia, Lyn Guy and Patricia Mackie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip in 1983; her brothers, George, Terrance and Maurice Wilcox; and sister, Etta (Wilcox) Green.

Her ashes will be buried with her husband in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, St. Paul, Minn., on Oct 25, 2013.

Arrangements are with Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.

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