Written by John H. Meyer Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00
When I received a recent call from the hospital at 4:00 a.m. that Janice Seyfried had passed away, I was so saddened, even though the prognosis of a recovery wasn’t good. Janice was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas in June of 2010; however, that didn’t prevent her from giving of herself in so many ways. Up until six weeks before she passed, she continued to be active in the Wantagh Kiwanis Club, as well as with her duties as the public relations chairperson for the New York State District of Kiwanis International. The Wantagh Chamber of Commerce had planned a dinner in her honor to present Janice with their “Citizen of the Year” award, and was to be held on a date just weeks after she passed. Earlier this year, NYS Assemblyman David McDonough awarded Janice a “Woman of Distinction 2010” award for the 19th Assembly District.
In 1995, Ms. Seyfried was instrumental in chartering the first Kiwanis Key Club in the world for handicapped or special needs young people at BOCES in Wantagh. Janice was responsible for rebuilding the Seaford and Uniondale United Kiwanis Clubs. Another career that brought her fulfillment was as a business teacher at Baldwin High School, until she retired. During her tenure at Baldwin High School, she was instrumental in starting a computer program in the business department and she served the school district by participating in curriculum, writing for two of the courses that were offered and piloting both of them.
Until recently, Janice was very active in her church. At St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Wantagh, she was a member of the vestry and was the clerk. She also sang in the church choir and chaired many of the parish fundraisers.
When I was active with the Massapequa Kiwanis Club, Janice did my office work and when she found out in 1995 that the Wantagh Kiwanis Club was having a new member drive, she decided to join and asked me to sponsor her. I knew at that time that Janice would be a great Kiwanian. Not only was she my cousin, but a great friend. My sister Madeline (Susie) and Janice shared their high school graduation party at Janice’s parents home in Wantagh.
A memorial service for Janice will be held on Saturday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Wantagh, followed by a coffee hour where all of Janice’s photos, awards, and medals will be displayed for all to see. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.