Edmund Sieja

Edmund S. Sieja

Friday, February 17th, 1933 - Friday, June 12th, 2020
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Edmund “Ed” Sieja of Waco passed peacefully to be with the Lord on June 12, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, June 17 at 10 am at St. Louis Catholic Church, with Rev. Ryan Higdon officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 16 from 6 to 8 pm, with a Rosary service at 7 pm in the chapel of OakCrest Funeral Home. Social distancing guidelines will be observed and for those needing a disposable mask, one will be provided.

Ed was born February 17, 1933, the 5th of 9 children born to Aloysius (Allen) and Frances Sieja in Hamtramck, Michigan, a small Polish community surrounded by the City of Detroit. He began his working career at the age of 12 at a Five & Dime in Detroit. While finishing school, he worked as a truck driver, corner newspaper boy, and in various positions with the Dodge Truck Company. He served his country as part of the US Army in Korea, returning home to attend electronics school.

In 1957, he married the love of his life, Betty Sieja. That same year he joined Huck Manufacturing Company and for the next 41 years, he worked his way up from the stock room to machinist to supervisor and purchasing agent.

Ed and Betty raised two children, and in 1973, Ed’s job brought his family to Waco. There the family joined St. Louis Catholic Church, where he served as an usher for more than 40 years and as a member of the local Knights of Columbus men’s religious organization.

In 1999, Ed lost his love following her brief battle with cancer. For the next 17 years, he filled his time volunteering at Providence Hospital, caring for his children and grandchildren, and scouring local garage sales and flea markets to fill his collecting passion of Christmas nutcrackers and German beer steins. He enjoyed working to refurbish his 1988 Corvette and driving it in classic car parades with best friend and long-time co-worker, Victor DuPart. Ed was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2015.

Ed is survived by his son David Sieja and wife, Theresa; their children Christine Phillips, her husband Greg, and their daughter Elizabeth; Allan Sieja, wife Lauren, and their children, Lillian and Ezra.

Ed is also survived by his daughter, Judi Sieja Pierce and children, Collin, David, Jonathan and Matthew Norkiewicz.

He is survived by his sisters, Henrietta and husband, Matt; Annie and husband, Charlie; brothers, Zigmund and Robert and wife, Karen, as well as more than 70 nieces, nephews and their children.

Ed fought a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The family would like to send a heart-felt thank you to the staff and caregivers at Stoney Brook Assisted Living Center of Hewitt and Bluebonnet Health Services for the compassionate care given to our father. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at to aid in research to battle and defeat this horrible, life-stealing disease.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    OakCrest Funeral Home
    4520 Bosque Boulevard
    WACO, TX 76710
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    The Holy Rosary will be recited at 7pm in the Chapel. Social distancing guidelines will be observed while in our facility. Our chapel can accommodate 70 individuals properly distanced.
  • Service

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Louis Catholic Church
    2001 N. 25th St
    WACO, TX 76708
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    Father Ryan Higdon
  • Interment

    Oakwood Cemetery
    2124 S. 5th Street
    WACO, TX 76706
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Zig, Keith, Debbie, Nick, & Shauna Sieja and Bob, Karen, Todd. Diana and Savannah Sieja sent flowers to the family of Edmund S. Sieja.
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Lisa Jones

Posted at 11:02am
Judi, sorry to hear the passing of your Dad, prayers being sent to you and your children.

Eileen Kubala

Posted at 10:54am
Mr. Sieja was always found with a smile on his face when people walked into 5:00 Mass at St. Louis Church. He was an awesome usher and always made people happy to be there. He was a Knight and very proud to be part of the organization. David was in my brother’s class at Reicher. (Dennis Holub) I am sending prayers for your family and my sympathy at the loss of a very kind and giving man. May God Bless you, Eileen Holub Kubala

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Posted at 07:19am
We are so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts.
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David DuPart

Posted at 06:43pm
I'd like to offer my condolences on the passing of your father. He was good buddies with my Dad, Victor DuPart, and I know they always enjoyed their weekly hamburger get togethers after your Mom passed away. I always think of your Mom and Dad at Christmas time because we have one of the ceramic Santa Clauses that your Mom used to make. They were great people and will be missed, but we will always have our memories of them to hang onto. You're in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I made a donation to the Alzheimer's foundation in your father's memory.

Sue and Dave DuPart

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Posted at 04:10pm
David & Theresa, Christine & Greg, Allan & Lauren, Lillian, Ezra, and Elizabeth
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