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Hanfred R. Seela

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Hanfred R. Seela, MD

Formerly of Carmel, IN and Siesta Key, FL, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 16, 2013. He was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1925, the only child of Robert and Frieda Seela. He and his parents immigrated to the United States in 1927, when his parents sought a better life in America.

He was accepted into the U.S. Navy V-12 program at Princeton University in 1942. He graduated from Princeton University and Syracuse University Medical School with an MD degree with a specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He served 2 years as a Doctor in in the US Navy before settling in Ridgewood, NJ where he started a family and what was to become a large and successful medical practice. He was on Staff of The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood since it's founding in 1955, until suffering a stroke in Oct. 1987.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jacqueline (nee Kelley) and by his children from his 1st marriage, Laurie Wolynec (Edward) of Bethesda, MD, Robert Seela of San Diego, CA, Elizabeth Derr (Darreck) of Poway, CA; step- children, Erin Thompson (Christopher) of Athens, OH and Timothy Kelley of Hampton, New Hampshire; grandchildren, Teddy, Peter, Christina, Melissa, Wesley and Bailey.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held in Waverly, OH on May 18. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Valley Hospital Charitable Foundation, 223 North Van Dien Ave., Ridgewood, NY 07450.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Apr. 27, 2013
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