Marvin Herbert Seifert passed away peacefully at the age of 86 with his loving wife Shirley Anne of almost 64 years by his side.
Marvin was born at home on the farm in Inglis, Manitoba, to parents Otto and Annie. He is predeceased by 2 older brothers, Will and Clarence, and brother-in-law, Paul. His sister Alice mourns his death from her home in Russell, Manitoba, as do his sisters-in-law Margie (Winnipeg), Marlene (Edmonton), as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews across the provinces.
Marvin was a smart yet humble man who accomplished many roles in his life including becoming a navigator in the RCAF, as well as an air traffic controller. In later years, he worked for the City of Edmonton in Roadways. His most important role, however, was that of dedicated husband, as well as father to his 2 children, Jeff and Linda (Jim); he spent endless hours not only being “Dad”, but teacher, role model, and friend. He enjoyed lying on the floor with his kids assembling our model train every bit as much as we did.
Equally important to Marvin were his 3 beautiful granddaughters, Rachel, Megan, and Erin, with whom he spent many hours picking peas and carrots from his garden and building blanket tents in the yard.
Marvin was a deeply devout man and dedicated much time to his church. He loved to garden and took great pride in his yard, with a lawn so well cared for that his granddaughters referred to it as “carpet”. Marvin truly appreciated nature and loved nothing more than to go camping and sit by a campfire. He also enjoyed taking his family on trips to Becker’s Cabins in Jasper.
We all feel very blessed to have had him in our lives for so many wonderful years, including an unexpected 5-1/2 “bonus” years following a devastating fall and brain injury, after which Marvin rallied over and over again to regain his sharp memory and keen sense of humor, putting several doctors’ predictions about his remaining years to rest.
Marvin’s family would like to express our immense appreciation to the entire staff at Jasper Place Continuing Care who took such wonderful care of Marvin over the years he was with them; you truly all treated him as family and for that we will be forever grateful.
A celebration of Marvin’s life will be held at a future date, TBA, at a more “hug-friendly” time.
Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101