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DENNIS ALAN SEIFERT On Wednesday morning, Dennis Alan Seifert passed away peacefully from this life in his sleep surrounded by his devoted little companion and his husband Howard Hawley. Dennis had been a resident of Corona, CA for 27 years. He was born in Burbank, California where he grew up and attended school graduating from Burbank High School in 1975. Dennis was an accomplished organist having studied this part of music for several years in junior high school and continuing on in high school. He was the relief organist for Burbank Community Church and continued on as relief organist for several other churches including the Metropolitan Community Church where he became friends with its founder Troy Perry. Dennis's father and grandfather were involved with the Seifert Roofing Company in Glendale for many years. After high school Dennis worked for the city of Los Angeles for a short while then enrolled in Cal Poly University in Pomona where he majored in Hotel and Restaurant management. He graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel-Restaurant Management and Business Administration. He was offered a job with the Hilton Hotel in Burbank as night manager where he worked for several years. Dennis liked diversity and he became interested in real estate. He studied and became an agent and later on a broker dealing in reselling of repossessed houses nation wide. In 1987 he met the love of his life Howard Hawley, moving to Corona in 1988 and working privately in property management. Dennis always had a passion to try to make things better and help others. He attributed his sense of desire for community involvement to his parents, especially his mother who was involved in many charity organizations. He would go with her when she volunteered to work the election polling spots and always felt this had a profound impact on his sense of duty to his country and the importance of participation in the election process. In the later part of the 80's, Dennis was briefly involved with the Corona Lions Club and volunteered at God's Kitchen for the homeless. The impending Presidential race of 1991 and the hope for change caused Dennis to form the Corona Democratic Club where he served as President for its first year. He attended several city council meetings and felt the current council was non-receptive to current issues so he announced his intention to run for an open seat. Dennis did not win the election but it brought him into a political circle of new and challenging things. He went on to run for 66th Assembly district the following year. Dennis is survived by his husband Howard; his brother David Seifert; cousins Thomas Peterman and Barry Seifert. He is predeceased by his parents Calvin and Doris Seifert. The greatest is love and even more so unconditional love; It knows no boundaries, and no gender. Dennis and Howard were together in life and love for 27 years, never leaving each other's side. Viewing will be at 3pm on Sunday, 12/13. Rosary will start promptly at 4pm at Thomas Miller Mortuary. Requiem Mass will be Tuesday, 12/15 at St. Matthews Catholic Church at 10:00 am. Luncheon and reception will follow at Canyon Crest Country Club starting at 1pm. The burial will be private at Crestlawn Mausoleum. Howard requests that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so make a donation to either the Shiners' Hospital or the auxiliary at Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Dennis's name.
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Published in Press-Enterprise from Dec. 10 to Dec. 13, 2015
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