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