Seelig Calvin Lewitz
Seelig Calvin Lewitz, the son of Martin and Lena Lewitz, was born and raised in Englewood, New Jersey, on July 4th, 1926 - the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a propitious date of birth for a future teacher of American History. He lettered in three sports at Dwight Morrow High School - basketball, baseball (team captain) and football (co-team captain) - and won all-league, all -county and all state recognition for baseball in 1944, his senior year.
After his discharge from the Navy in 1946, be began his college studies under the G.I. Bill, first at Bergen Community Junior College before transferring to Montclair State Teachers College, where he earned both bachelor's and master's degrees. In 1979, his alma mater presented him with the Alden C. Coder Award, in recognition off his outstanding contributions to education and athletics.
In April 1949, Seelig married the former Edna Schwartz, of Teaneck. The young couple would settle in Ramsey, where they raised their 4 children and were about to celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary April 2, 2021.
Seelig retired as Ramsey Superintendent of schools in 1988 after 38 years spent as an educator and coach, all of it in the Ramsey School District. His community involvement, besides teaching and coaching, is a testament not only to his work ethic but also is strong belief in service to others.
He was a lifelong member of the local VFW post, the Fortitude Lodge of Freemasons, the Ramsey Pool Commission, the Ramsey Library Association, the Ramsey Senior Citizens Housing Committee, the Ramsey Baseball Association (president 5 years), the Ramsey Recreation Committee and received a Proclamation naming January 20, 1988 Seelig C Lewitz Day as well as the Mary A Hubbard School Gymnasium dedicated and named in his honor.
Seelig found time to pursue a personal passion, inherited from his father: breeding and showing pigeons, specifically Birmingham Rollers. Even in this avocational pursuit, he gained national recognition, earning the Bill Cowie Memorial Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Two of his birds became National Champions.
After his retirement, Seelig and Edna, then empty nesters, moved to Mahwah New Jersey and enjoyed many years of exotic travels and special times with friends and family.
Seelig is survived by his wife Edna, daughter Leigh Lewitz Kennedy and husband James, son Allen Lewitz, daughter Lissa Lewitz Hanson and husband Bruce, and daughter Lynn Lewitz Ritchie; by grandchildren Jenna Fryer, Kara Peterson(David) , Matthew Lewitz, Zachary Lewitz (Robin), Jessica Nitzberg (Brian), Keith Hanson (Lauren) , Melissa Ritchie and Leighanne Ritchie and 14 Great Grandchildren and his best friend from childhood JoJo.
Arrangements are by Robert Schoem's Menorah Chapel, Paramus, NJ
Published in The Record/Herald News from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2021.