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Alfina Seelig

May 26, 1943 - July 27, 2022

Alfina Seelig, age 79, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, surrounded by her loving family, after courageously battling a long illness.

Alfina was born on May 26, 1943, in Swedesboro, NJ, where she grew up with her parents, Sal and Angie Vasta and her brother Ben. Alfina graduated from Gloucester Catholic High School in Gloucester City, NJ, where she was a member of the Bells of St. Mary’s Drum & Bugle Corp.  Alfina continued her education at Goldey Beacom College, where she earned an associate degree in business.  Following graduation, she moved to Wilmington, DE, and worked for the Wilmington Trust Company.

While living in Wilmington she met her husband, George, with whom she celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary earlier this year.  After marrying in 1967 and moving to Newark, DE, a few years later, Alfina dedicated herself to raising 3 very active sons. As her sons became more and more independent, she decided to return to the workplace, finding a second home at the University of Delaware Library Administration office. Alfina worked at the University Library for over 30 years until her retirement in 2015. She cherished her supervisory career at the library, as well as the many friendships she made there.

Alfina was a loving mother who always put her family first and was always there when needed. She was a strong-willed person who continuously offered amazing advice with a perfect mix of compassion, sternness, and love. Her happiest and proudest achievements, however, were her 4 grandchildren who lovingly called her “Nanny.”  They enjoyed many summers in Bethany Beach, DE, with their Nanny. From trolley rides to walks on the beach, the wonderful memories will be treasured forever.

Alfina was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Newark, DE.  Her family would like to thank Dr. Pamela Simpson and her staff at the Helen Graham Center. They also want to thank Accent Hospice Care, especially Amber who was so generous with her attention and caring during this difficult time.

Alfina was predeceased by her father and mother, Sal and Angie Vasta. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, George; sons, Ken (Colleen) of Logan Twp., NJ, Gary (Sharon) of Smyrna, DE, and Keith of Newark, DE; brother, Ben Vasta (Alesia) of Clementon, NJ; grandchildren, Samantha, Kenny, Evan, and Maya; and by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:00 am to 10:15 am on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Holy Family R.C. Church, 15 Gender Rd., Newark, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 am.  Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, Alfina requested that donations be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 676910, Dallas, TX 75267-6910 or by clicking here.

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  • Alfina was a great mentor to me. Yes, she could be stern but she was also very compassionate which was true of her Italian heritage. Most of all, she was a very good friend to all of us who were fortunate to have worked with her at the University of Delaware Library. Rest In Peace, Alfina. We will all miss you.

  • Alfina was a great colleague at the Library. I will always remember our trip to NYC and the nativity at the rockettes show. Rest In Peace dear friend. As angels in heaven I know that you and Pat are having fun line dancing.

  • From the day I started at the Library, Alfina provided steady and safe support for me. To me, she was second in charge in Administration, as she knew everything and could tell you how to get it done, something my naive 23-year-old self needed back then. Her presence made her so much bigger than her small stature. Her picture in the obit made me smile as it made me remember the smiling, shrugging side-glance she would give me –like “you know what I mean and what you need to do.” I also remember when she would break out of her proper and serious work posture and get excited. “Oh, you know!” she would say. Rest in Peace, Alfina.

  • Your family has my deepest sympathy in your loss.

  • For many years, Alfina Seelig was both a highly respected and much admired working companion in the University of Delaware Library Administrative Offices. She will long be remembered for her capable and dedicated service accompanied by a delightful sense of humor and a “light touch”. She was especially effective when the Library administrative offices moved from the Morris Library first floor circulation area to the Morris Library second floor (where they are presently located).

    Alfina was outstanding in dealing with the effective implementation of orderly change during a period of virtually constant change in library practices and services. Her calming demeanor greatly assisted staff and library users in the regular revision of library policies and procedures ranging from the implementation of DELCAT and the related discontinuation and then removal of the Library card catalog accompanied by the enormous increase in the implementation of digital information access.

    Alfina’s memory and warm spirit will live on.

    Susan Brynteson
    May Morris Librarian Emerita
    University of Delaware Library

  • George, I’m very sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Alfina well but you guys obviously had a happy marriage and great family. It’s been a long time. Joe Hickey

  • The Seelig Family were our neighbors for many years.
    Keith is like a son to me since he became my son, Michael’s, best
    friend 40 years ago.
    Rest In Peace, Alfina!

  • My prayers and condolences to Alfina’s family. It was a pleasure working as one of her administrative assistance for twelve years before she retired. Behind closed doors we would share stories, laugh about the things our children and grandchildren did or school awards they received, and have discussions about our faith. Alfina was stern when needed to be and very passionate when it came to making sure the office was ran smoothly.
    Rest in Peace, Alfina. She will be missed.

  • Very sorry for your loss.

  • As a member of the UD Library staff for thirty years, I appreciated Alfina’s support and sound advice. She was a busy co-worker, but she always found the time to answer my questions with a smile and inquire about my son. My deepest sympathy to her family. She will be missed.

  • Alfina was the second person I ever had contact with in Delaware – before I even stepped foot in the state. It was she who scheduled my flights, hotel, and generally kept the two interview days running smoothly. Once I started working at the library, I found that she pretty much kept the whole place running smoothly! She was the person to go to with questions about library and university procedures and culture. It didn’t matter if you had a question about what form to fill out and where to send it, who to talk with, or how to get your library phone fixed, she was on top of it. Alfina always made me feel like I was in good hands.

    My sincere condolences to Alfina’s friends and loved ones. She was a remarkable woman.

  • Alfina was a sweet and kind person. She was the go to person in the administrative office when you needed help. My condolences to her family, she will be missed.

  • So sorry.
    Alfina and I would often share stories about our kids, grandkids, dogs and our homes at the beach. Such fun. She had a wonderful sense of humor