Wilbur Seidel, 96, headed Naval Academy tailor

April 08, 2002

Wilbur J. Seidel, a retired supervisor of the Naval Academy tailor shop, died Monday of pneumonia at Oakbridge Nursing Home in Lakeland, Fla. He was 96.

Born and raised in South Baltimore, Mr. Seidel grew up working in his family's dry-cleaning store while earning his high school diploma in night school. He later moved to Brooklyn Park.

After the family sold the business in 1951, Mr. Seidel worked as a tailor for Raleigh Clothes before moving on to the Naval Academy Midshipmen's Tailor Shop. Starting as a tailor, Mr. Seidel was quickly promoted to supervisor of the shop, a position he held for nearly 20 years. He retired in 1974 and remained in Brooklyn Park before moving to Lakeland in 1984.

He was an active member of Olive Branch United Methodist Church while living in Baltimore. Mr. Seidel was cornet player in the church's orchestra and superintendent of Olive Branch's Sunday school.

He married Helen Bannon Seidel in 1928. She died in 1991.

When Mr. Seidel lived in Baltimore, he was a member of King David's Masonic Lodge in Pasadena. He was a Mason for 75 years.

Services were held Friday in Lakeland.

Mr. Seidel is survived by two daughters, Joan Young of Lakeland and Edythe Riesinger of Orlando, Fla.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. The family suggested donations to Olive Branch United Methodist Church, 5 W. Fort Ave., Baltimore 21230.

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