Anneliese Seitz-Mund, 58, of Isle of Hope, Savannah, passed away on January 9, surrounded by her husband, Doug of 37 years, her daughter Hillary, and son Christian by her side.
Anneliese was diagnosed with a rare leomyosarcoma in March 2017, and since then she and her family had been aggressively fighting. Anneliese was a strong, but gentle woman who would do anything for anyone in order to help.
Anneliese was born in Poughkeepsie, NY, and graduated from Poughkeepsie High School where she first met Doug. She went on to attend Russell Sage College and, later in life, Cambridge College, where she earned a master's degree in education. Anneliese and Doug were married in Poughkeepsie and moved to Massachusetts soon after, where they made their home for 35 years. Groveland, MA is where they found happiness in family, friends and community.
Throughout her time in Poughkeepsie, she was active in Germania, a German American Club, where she could always be found dancing and singing. Anneliese carried her ancestor's heritage, speaking fluent German, and her family would frequently travel to Germany together.
Anneliese was always easy to talk with, always had a smile and was always wanting to meet everyone. She was active in the community participating in Daisy and Girl Scouts, Groveland Congregational Church fairs, and Sunday school. Anneliese was an expert sewer and could often be found sewing, mending, altering and adjusting dance costumes for Hillary and anyone that needed help at the dance studio. She traveled with the USA Tap Team to Reisa, Germany, and organized trips, translated and patiently helped guide the group through one of her favorite countries. She was always at the forefront of organizing activities around Christian's rowing career, pulling together families to help with food at regattas. Anneliese was also extremely active and involved within the hemophilia community. She helped organize gatherings for the New England Hemophilia Association, which earned her the nickname 'Hemo-Mama.' She and Doug frequently volunteered at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a camp for children with chronic illnesses.
The "sandcastle group" is a group of friends who have kept together since childhood, getting together several times a year to enjoy each other's company, often having wonderful fire pit parties. They became the "sandcastle group" after competing in the Crane Beach sandcastle competition in the early 80's. Anneliese was an active member of the White Mountain Ski Runners, a skiing and hiking club in the White Mountains of NH, where she became the first woman president in the club's long history.
Anneliese worked in finance once she and Doug moved to Massachusetts and left the industry once Hillary arrived. With her "second career," she began teaching first at the Bagnall School, and then as a special education teacher for Pentucket Middle School. She loved what she did and all who she helped. Anneliese put all of herself into each child's needs and would often bring out the very best in each of her students. She retired in 2016, and moved to Savannah with Doug and their dog Oakley.
A celebration of her life will be held in Massachusetts in the near future and burial will be in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Donations in her name may be made to the New England Hemophilia Association and to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, CT.
Published on January 13, 2018