S. Lee von Seldeneck
Steven Lee von Seldeneck passed away on Saturday, November 21, with his family at his side.
Lee lived life to its fullest from his earliest days. Though he battled meningitis and lost his hearing as a child, he never looked upon this loss as a deficit. Instead, Lee was genuine, making fast friends with everyone he met. Those who knew Lee loved him dearly and adored his playful spirit, his mischievous grin, and his love of life. He most enjoyed spending time among family and friends—watching his beloved Eagles, listening to the waves crashing on the beach in Cape May, basking in the early morning sun along the Eastern Shore, or watching the moon rise over Seneca Lake.
Lee found inspiration in everyone around him. His parents taught him the meaning of unconditional love and unyielding loyalty. His sisters taught him many things including the resilience needed for their favorite game of “falling tree!” Mostly though, they taught him how to love deeply and passionately as spouses and as parents themselves. From his seven nieces and nephews, Uncle Bubba, as they affectionately called him, learned what pure joy and happiness were. And, from his friends, Lee learned the truest meaning of philadelphia—brotherly love. He cherished these “brothers” throughout his life.
More recently, Lee met the love of his life, marrying Kelly in 2013 after a fairy tale romance. Lee’s devotion to Kelly was undeniable. They relished in each other’s company, spending time together with their adopted hound dog, Shiner, who quickly became Lee’s second great love. Shiner brought much joy and comfort to Lee throughout his last days.
Born and raised in Chestnut Hill, Lee attended Norwood-Fontbonne Academy and Chestnut Hill Academy. He graduated from The Hun School in Princeton. He received his B.A. from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1991. Lee spent the majority of his career in the performance measurement sector of the asset management industry. He was also a proud member of the Philadelphia Cricket Club among other social clubs and a long-time season ticket holder of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Lee is survived by his wife, Kelly Hanlon von Seldeneck; his parents, Woody and Casey von Seldeneck; sister and brother-in-law, Pam and Tom Harris and their three children, Billy, Maddie and Storrie; sister and brother-in-law Laura and Dan Prochniak and their three children, Jack, Lexi, and Brooke; as well as his uncle and aunt, Clay and Judee von Seldeneck and their children Roddy and Kevin.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at 1:00 pm at St. Thomas’ Church Whitemarsh located at 610 Church Road in Fort Washington. Interment will follow at West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution in Lee’s name to: Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 300 Pulteney Street, Geneva, New York 14456.