Obituary for Laurence F. Seyler

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Laurence Frank Seyler, 100, passed away Fri. Nov. 23 at Hillview Healthcare Center. He was born in Gresham, Wisconsin on May 15, 1912 to George and Amelia (Bartelt) Seyler. After graduating from high school, he attended trade school in Milwaukee to learn watchmaking, a profession he practiced his entire working life. He married Agnes Grosskopf May 6, 1939. Their son James was born in Racine, WI where Laurence worked in a jewelry store. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Marquette, Mi for several years before moving to La Crosse in the early 1950s. For the rest of his career he worked for Cremer Jewelers from which he retired at least twice, the last time being in 1987 at age 75. He continued to repair clocks and watches in his home workshop as well as craft beautiful clocks.
Laurence always had an excellent garden and his back yard was a showplace for his roses. He dabbled at grafting different varieties of apples on his tree. He also liked to fish, especially for trout. He continued this hobby as well as riding his bike well into his 90s.
Shortly after his wife Agnes died, Laurence moved to Carroll Heights. There he indulged in writing poems such as “The Secret of Hillview Pond”, “Grandpa’s Corn-Cob Pipe” or “When the Preacher came to Call”. He signed them The Bard of Carroll Heights, and he shared them with the other residents at the noon meal.
Laurence was always a gentleman and a kind, gentle man, never wanting to offend anyone. Being the eldest of his siblings, he was always incredulous that he had outlived them all. He maintained his sense of humor to the end.
He was preceded in death by his wife Agnes in 2003, his son James in 2000 and his sisters Virginia Pingel and Jeanette Felts, brother George Seyler as well as Brothers-in-law Reuben Pingel, Victor Felts and sister-in-law Edith Seyler. He is survived by daughter-in-law Dianne (Patnode) Seyler and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2135 Weston Street, La Crosse. The Reverend Bruce Iverson will officiate and entombment will be in the Garden Mausoleum at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. There will be visitation at the church one hour before services.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorials can be made to a charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank the staff of Hillview for the excellent and solicitous care they gave to Laurence during his time there and the kindness they showed him at all times. It was much appreciated and comforting to the family.
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