Thursday, October 30, 2008

Passing of Stan Seiller

I am writing to let you all know that on Tuesday, October 28th Stan Seiller passed away.As you are probably aware, Stan was afflicted with a very rare form of Alzheimer's called "Pick's Disease." He moved to NYC in September of 2007 and after 4 months in an assisted living facility was transferred to a nursing home first in Manhattan and finally to Flushing, Queens were he spent the last 2 months. I say spent, because this was not what anyone would call "living." Stan gradually became unable to feed, bathe or dress himself, and his sons and I realize what a blessing it is that he was probably unaware of his rapidly deteriorating condition.I have been a nurse for 36 years now, and I have never been more proud of my profession....I can only say that the nurses, social workers and physicians who cared for him were truly amazing...always available to talk...responding with genuine kindness, and helping us to realize that no amount of intervention was going to improve his quality of life.The parting phrase from his nurses was always "call anytime"....I cannot tell you what a comfort it was to know that I could do so.Stan was an extremely private individual and altho he often entertained friends with his incredible knack for telling a joke he never, ever wanted to be the center of attention. Out of respect for his desire for privacy his sons and I have decided to forgo the usual funeral type services. We have made arrangements for a private cremation and have planned a memorial service to be held at the Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 Amsterdam Ave at 76th Street on Monday, November 3rd at 11:30 AM with a luncheon to follow at the Dublin House on west 79th Street. Good wine and food were two of Stan's many passions. I would like to invite you to join us, to bring your anecdotes and to have a drink in his memory..Fondly, Susie Spause219 w 81 Street #9DNYC, NY 10024212-799-3967 (home)212-300-5725 (cell)

Forwarded by Lee Levy and others