Walter E. Von Seggern
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Walter E. Von Seggern, of New Hope, PA passed away on Wednesday morning, December 18, 2019 surrounded by his family at his residence. He was 79 years old. “Walt,” as he was affectionately known by his family and friends, was born on January 27, 1940 in New York City to the late Ernest and Louise (née Berger) Von Seggern. He is survived by his wife Patricia (née Wilcox) Von Seggern. Walt attended and graduated from Westbury High School in New York in 1957 and from Union College in 1961 earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Science specializing in Engineering. He then earned his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Yale University in 1962 and later his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Syracuse University in 1967. Walt worked for many years for General Electric in Syracuse, N.Y. and subsequently for MACOM in Burlington, MA. He retired from Kulicke & Soffa located in Willow Grove, PA.
Walt’s pursuit of travel was relentless. During his life he visited 82 countries and 6 continents. He loved being the tour guide, planning many wonderful trips for friends and family. His favorite spots included Bermuda and the island of Nantucket, where he could be frequently found watching the sunset on Madaket Beach #4.
Walt’s curiosity and intellect were on display with his frequent lively debates with friends. He had an unending desire to discuss a range of issues and had an open mind to views not his own. He was further known for his generosity with his time and was always willing to help his friends.
Spring and Summer were spent sharing plants from his garden and bringing happiness to family, friends and neighbors. His garden was magnificent in full bloom, and the arrival of Spring brought great joy. His memory will bloom each year with the arrival of daffodils.
In addition to his wife Patricia, Walt is survived by his four children: Kristen L. Von Seg- gern, Kenneth H. Abrahamsen III (Heidi), Timothy E. Abrahamsen (Ingrid), and Christopher E. Von Seggern (Christina) as well as his seven grandchildren: Josefine, Austin, Kaitlyn, Madison, Woodstock, Arda, and Tigran. He was predeceased by his sisters, Joan Schumacher and Lorraine Von Seggern.
A celebration of life was held Saturday, December 21, 2019 in Buckingham, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Walt’s name may be made to Massachusetts General Hospital at www.massgeneral.org or to the Fox Chase Cancer Center at www.foxchase.org. Family services were by Leaver-Cable-Givnish, 215-794-7696
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