Joseph T. Sefcheck
March 6, 1949 - July 10, 2018
Resident of Oakland
Joseph T. Sefcheck, Jr., 69, of Oakland, California, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Born March 6, 1949 in Scottdale, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph T. Sefcheck, Sr., and Marge (Lipps) Sefcheck. He is survived by his ex-wife and friend, Betsy Johnson, of Phoenix, AZ, son, Nadim Said, married to Danielle Wank, and grandson, Jayden, of Northridge, CA. Also survived by sisters, Mary Jo Kleinosky, married to Tom Kleinosky, of Hollidaysburg, and Beth Ann Condit, married to Jack Condit, of Cranberry Township, PA; nieces and nephews, Amy Meadows (Ryan), Gayle Conner (Dustin) , T.J. Kleinosky, Jay Condit, and Megan Condit; great niece and nephews, Macie Conner, Colt Conner, Aaden Meadows and Colin Meadows and a close friend, Nick Halatsis.
Joseph was a 1967 graduate of Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, PA, and a 1971 graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Psychology. After graduating, Joe joined the Peace Corps and spent three years in Korea teaching English, studying the Korean language and Chinese brush painting. Upon his return from Korea, he began his career as a teacher and administrator of ESL (English as a Second Language), starting in Cleveland at the ELS Language Center at Case Western University. In 1979, Joe moved to Oakland, CA, to further his career as a Director of the ELS Language Center in San Francisco as well as opening his own ESL program. In later years, he taught at California State University at Hayward and then obtained a teaching certificate, and taught first grade in the Union City School District. After retiring, Joe continued to tutor in the school system.
Joe was a cosmopolitan, exemplified by his passion for reading, tennis, golf, tutoring, cooking, classical music, and world travels. In his travels, museums were at the top of the list followed by sites of historic interest. Joe's travels focused mainly on Asia where he not only appreciated the art, but became a gifted artist in Asian water color, making many of his paintings gifts to family members.
A celebration Mass for Joe will be held at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Johnstown, PA by the Very Rev. Mark S. Begley on August 27,2018 at 11AM.
Gifts may be made to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh , PA, or the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, CA., in Joe's memory. For further information please call: Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745). View the online memorial for Joseph T. Sefcheck