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MICHAEL BRUCE died in his sleep at the Penn Rittenhouse Hospice on May 7, 2013, of complications from Syring-omyelia. He was 66 years old. Born on April 16, 1947, in Philadelphia, Michael was the eldest son of the late Maurice and Pearl "Bobby" Seifert. He attended Springfield High School and was a graduate of Oberlin College. He supported the civil rights and anti-Vietnam war movements, worked as a Technical Writer for software companies, was a voracious reader, author of a novel, short stories and poetry, was founder and editor of the cooperative, literary quarterly, SOFTBALL and loved jazz, sang, played the saxophone and piano. But essentially Michael was a philosopher; he studied it in college and lived his life by reason.
Michael embodied a resolute optimism that was both humbling and ennobling. Through wit, perseverance, compassion and intelligence Michael forged a path that will be his indelible legacy. During the last weeks of his life Michael welcomed visits from his many friends and family members, and as those who loved him struggled with their goodbyes, he reassured them that he was at peace, and that they, like him, should be comfortable with his death. "It's OK" were the last words he said to many, "it's OK."
Michael is survived by his son, Coray Seifert, and his wife, Katie Seifert of Morristown, N. J.; his grandchildren, Jackson Daniel Seifert and Alicia Pearl Seifert of Morristown; his daughter, Sophia Seifert of Philadelphia; his sister, Sandy Seifert Katz, and her husband Gerald Katz of Cape Cod, Ma.; his brother, Ray Benson Seifert of Austin, Tex.; his brother, Hank Seifert, and his wife, Vicki Carlee, of Wilmette, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held June 2nd, 1 P.M., at Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust St. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. http://www.philamuseum.org/giving/donate.html?opt=Appeal

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Published in Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News on May 21, 2013.
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May 29, 2013
Mike, you lived the most graceful life I have ever seen. It was a privilege to know you.
Lisa Halttunen
May 28, 2013
Michael, I was so glad to be able to develop an adult friendship with you after having known you mainly as Sandy's big brother all those years ago. Joe and I were in awe of the grace with which you bore your burdens and the richness with which you lived your life in spite of all the obstacles you faced. We will miss you very much. Our deepest sympathy to our dear friend Sandy and the entire family.
With much love,
Cindy Bertrand Holub and Joe Holub
May 27, 2013
Rational people are so hard to find. You were and are the most interesting and nicest person we knew. Peace.
Hank Seifert
May 23, 2013
You were and will always be a shining star in my sky. Miss and love you brother.
Sister San
May 22, 2013
How I miss you, Michael, even though I came into your life so much later than most of your friends. I loved our talks even when we disagreed about where you will be at this moment. I think that you are in a beautiful place with those that you have loved.
So, Michael, send a wink just to let us know all is good. Mary Beth
Mary Beth Bowman
May 21, 2013
You will be missed, Uncle Mike!
Shira Toeplitz
May 21, 2013
We will miss you Uncle Michael.
Jesse, Danielle, Serena and Isabel
Jesse Katz
May 21, 2013
To my big brother my hero my friend I miss you everyday.
Ray Benson
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