WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — The Rev. Thomas C. Seitz Sr., 88, of Winter Haven, passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at the Winter Haven Hospital.

He was born March 5, 1928, in Springfield, Ohio, to the late William Clinton and Florence Seitz, the youngest of four with two older brothers and one sister. The family moved to Gambier, in 1930, and his father joined the faculty of Bexley Hall Theological Seminary, Kenyon College, as a professor of Practical Theology. Thomas entered Christ School in Arden, N.C., an Episcopal boys boarding school. He played Junior Varsity football and basketball, was named a Prefect in his senior year and was awarded the Headmaster’s Cup at graduation. He was admitted to the Diocese of Western North Carolina as a Postulant by the Rt. Rev. Robert Gibbon on May 18, 1945. Thomas enrolled at Kenyon College in 1945; where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta and Philomethean Society. In 1948 Thomas met Janet Reese at a college dance. They continued to date back and forth between Granville and Gambier. Thomas graduated from Kenyon College in 1949. He then entered Bexley Hall Theological Seminary and became engaged to Jan at Christmas time. The following year Rt Rev. Matthew George Henry gave permission to Thomas and Jan to marry before Thomas was ordained. He graduated Bexley Hall on June 11, 1951 and married Janet Reese on June 16th at Christ Episcopal Church. He was a former member of Rotary and a volunteer at Bok Tower.

Rev. Seitz was preceded in death by his two brothers, William and George. Survivors include his wife, Janet R. “Jan” Seitz; four sons, The Rev. Thomas C. Seitz Jr. (Anna) of Winter Haven, The Rev. Dr. Christopher Seitz (Elizabeth) of Courance, France; The Rev. Mark Seitz (Kathleen) of Wheeling, W.Va.; and Peter Seitz of Pinehurst, N.C.; sister, Lucy Pierce of Peoria, Ill.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd with The Rt. Rev. Gregory O. Brewer, Bishop of Central Florida officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 221 South 4th St., Lake Wales, FL 33853. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Submitted by David Seitz.


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