Jane Frances (Sullivan) Seifert
NEW ULM — Jane Frances (Sullivan) Seifert, gentle wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on November 3 following a brief illness. Jane was born September 1, 1922 to Dr. T. E. and Edith Sullivan in her beloved hometown, Springfield Minnesota. Jane attended St. Raphael’s School, graduated from Springfield High School in 1940 and went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota School of Business Administration in 1944. After graduation she worked for 3M in St. Paul, Northwest Airlines in Milwaukee and then returned to Springfield to work with her Dad at the Springfield Chick Hatchery.
On a Sunday afternoon in 1948, Jane was introduced to Dr. James R. Seifert of New Ulm at her parent’s home. After that day and for 69 years her future was set on a course of traditional family life and service to her adopted community of New Ulm and St. Mary’s Parish. Married in December 1948, Jane and Jim raised five children as well as Jane’s niece and nephew, Colleen and Tim Sullivan, in a household rich with her Irish warmth, love, laughter, patience and hospitality.
Beyond family, year in year out, Jane worked for the betterment of New Ulm and St. Mary’s. In the early 50’s Jane started the “Good Buy” shop at the Loretto Hospital, which offered clothes for those in need. From there, Jane’s broad idea of community led to her service on the Boards of the New Ulm Library, the Oak Hills Living Center, Co-chair of the original Oak Hills Capital Campaign, Chair of the Regional Branch of the American Association of University Women, committee member on the State of Minnesota Region 9 Human Needs Board, member of the St. Mary’s Council of Catholic Women and Vice President of the New Ulm Diocese Pastoral Center. For these and many other contributions Jane received the Sertoma Service to Mankind award.
Jane embraced life with a deep commitment to not only her immediate family, but also to her extended family of nieces, nephews and Lehrer, Schmid and Sullivan cousins. Although she always spoke fondly about her hometown of Springfield, New Ulm gave her friends and acquaintances that she deeply cherished. Her many friends were like her favorite flower, the gardenia, a source of joy and beauty.
Jane is survived by her husband of nearly 69 years, Jim, 5 children, Ellen (Jay) Vancura, John (Karen), Mary (Mark) Mackmiller, Jim (Jan) and Roberta (Steve) Klar, 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Thomas Emmett and Edith, brothers Tom and Stephen, sisters Mary Ellen, Martha and Elizabeth.
The Rite of Christian Interment has taken place at the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. A visitation will take place on Friday, November 17th from 4:00-7:00 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. A funeral mass will be held at Divine Providence Chapel at 10 AM on November 18 with visitation one hour prior to the Mass at the nursing home chapel. Lunch will be served immediately after the Mass in the Marion Room. The Minnesota Valley Funeral Home of New Ulm is handling the arrangements. To leave an online condolence for her family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: mvfh.org
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested for the New Ulm Foundation, the New Ulm food shelf or the Divine Providence Community Home.