J. Carter Seibel, 74, died Tuesday, December 28, at his home at 401 Main Street, Delta, following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Cynthia DeWitt Seibel, to whom he was married for 51 years.
Mr. Seibel was born April 9, 1947, in Baltimore City, Maryland. He was the son of the late Shirley Carter Seibel and John Casper Seibel of Baltimore. Initially the family resided in the Lochearn area and then moved to the Govans neighborhood.
He graduated from Baltimore City College, a liberal arts-focused boys high school, and then attended Western Maryland/now McDaniel College, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree, majoring in German. He received a master of liberal arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and pursued doctoral studies with University of Maryland.
In 1970, he married Cindy DeWitt, also a Western Maryland graduate, and they first lived in Bel Air, Maryland, before moving to their Delta home in 1973.
Mr. Seibel’s professional life included a 22-year career as a teacher at North Harford High School, where he established a German language course of study and was adviser to the school’s yearbook. His former students regarded him as “teacher, mentor, friend,” and those relationships were important to him always.
He next became involved in car sales at Jack Giambalvo Jeep Eagle Isuzu, achieving noteworthy success, and became sales manager there, a position he assumed later at Stetler Dodge. He retired in 2008.
Throughout his life, Carter Seibel loved music. He was an accomplished pianist and organist in his youth and continued to play piano throughout his entire life. He was pleased to play for North Harford musicals, former students’ weddings and social gatherings. From 1970-77, he was keyboard musician for the band The Regents, playing for weddings and events.
In Delta, he was an advocate for his community. With his wife and others, he worked to organize the 1980 Delta Centennial, and that week-long event evolved into hosting during decades to come the visits of the Pendyrus Male Choir to the town. He was a member of Delta Borough Council in the past, and he worked to form the Delta Pride revitalization initiative in recent years. He also served as an elder at Slate Ridge Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Seibel was a devoted father and grandfather, and throughout his life his children and then their offspring too brought him immense joy.
He is survived by those children, their spouses and the grandchildren—Justin DeWitt and his wife Joy Ashby Seibel of Mount Wolf, PA and children Aidan and Ella; Christopher Laird Seibel and Alison McLaughlin of Bel Air, MD; John Carl and his wife Amanda Kiefer Seibel of White Hall, MD and children Carleigh and Ethan.
He is also survived by his sister Suzanne Seibel Stover, her husband Michael Stover of Punta Gorda, Florida, and their daughter Brooke Stover (Daniel Upp) of Denver, Colorado. Other loved relatives include his cousins Karen Martin King of Pottstown and her family, and Deborah Carter (Dominick Venuto) of Richmond, Virginia and her son; his sister-in-law Jacquel DeWitt (the late David DeWitt) and his nephews Matthew DeWitt (Erin DeWitt) of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and Ryan DeWitt of Frederick, Maryland.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, January 22, at Slate Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1630 Chestnut Street, Cardiff, Maryland.
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In lieu of flowers or other tributes, memorial contributions may be sent to Mason-Dixon Community Services, 5 Pendyrus Street, Delta PA 17314.