In memory of
Our beloved Father, Morton Seidenberg, 96, of Harrisburg, died Monday, Sept. 10, from congestive heart failure in the comfort of his own home with his daughter, Nan by his bedside. Morton Seidenberg saw action at Guadalcanal and lesser known Pacific island outposts where the fighting was equally vicious or greater. Enlisting in the Seebees, initially, the then 20-year-old Brooklyn boy was a member of the 19th Battalion which became the 17th regiment of the fabled 1st Marine Division. At Goodenough Island Mr. Seidenberg was among the first Marines on the island who engaged Japanese troops in a short but brutal fight, causing them to withdraw. Developed later by the Allies, Goodenough became a major base for the Allies. Following wartime service, Mr. Seidenberg married Estelle "Sylvia" Confino, also from New York and of Sephardic descent. They eventually moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where Sylvia's father, Joseph Confino, had opened Orweco Frocks, a company which specialized in manufacturing half-size dresses for women. Mr. Seidenberg eventually joined the company, overseeing production in factories in Mechanicsburg and other towns. There were 50 dress plants in Pennsylvania alone which continued production for 56 years. He had many outside pursuits. Mr. Seidenberg was an owner and trainer of thoroughbreds at Penn National Racecourse in Granville, PA. He was a champion trail rider, continuing the activity into his 80s. At age 85, he donated his last horse, Pedro, to the CATRA-Capital area therapeutic riding association. In later years, he became totally blind and became a devoted listener of audible books. He pored through an estimated 3200 books during his membership with Carnegie Library for the Blind. The subjects ranging from popular fiction to the KGB: The inside story Lenin to Gorbachev by Christopher Andrew. "Straight talking, compassionate and tough are only a few of the many adjectives that graced his personality," said his eldest son Harvey. ". "Growing-up on the streets of New York in a tough, have-no-mercy neighborhood, he quickly found his tempo to move through life with determination and resolve. "'Mort', as he was affectionately called, never judged another. Never to be fooled or duped, he would find one's heart. He had the uncanny sense to know you better than you knew yourself. There was no mincing of words--it was either right or wrong, no in-between. A unique capacity to steer a positive course in life remains, and will always remain, a mitzvah of epic proportion. Mr. Seidenberg was predeceased by his wife, Sylvia Confino Seidenberg of 56 years. He is survived by his two sons and two daughters. Harvey (Sharon), Robert, Nanette Seidenberg, and Jo Rickard (Steve). He is also survived by his eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A special thank you to the VA of Lebanon, Hospice for All Seasons, and the many caregivers, agencies, and physicians that selflessly cared for him. Funeral Services will be held Friday, September 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Kesher Israel Cemetery Chapel, 566 Oliver Drive Harrisburg PA 17109. Burial will follow services. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hetrick-Bitner Funeral Home, Harrisburg. To share memories and condolences with the family please visit BitnerCares.com . In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the, Kesher Israel Rabbi discretionary fund.
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