Walter Charles Sieck died Dec. 22, 2022. (Renee Schiavone/Patch)Send Flowers, Plants & Giftsfrom the Beecher Funeral HomeWalter Charles Sieck of Brewster, New York, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 22, 2022, at the age of 95.
Walter was a family man, who was blessed to lead a long and successful life; he will be missed by many. Walter was born on September 25th, 1927, in Cleveland, Ohio to Fredrick Sieck and Freida (Wolfritz) Sieck – both of German descent. Water was the third child born in the family that included Fred, Grace, Clyde, and Don.
At the age of 13, his mother, Freida, passed away, and Walter and his brothers were raised by their older sister Grace. During WW II, Walter joined the U.S. Army at a mere 17, to support our country, and was deployed in the Merchant Marine.
He was stationed in numerous locations that included extended time in the South Pacific including Manila in the Philippines. It was during one of his leaves of duty while stationed in Sheepshead Bay, Long Island, New York that he met his future wife Margaret Ziegler at a Valentine's Day Dance – a romance that would last the rest of his life. At the end of WW II, Walter returned state-side, and he and Margaret moved to 37th Street in Long Island City, New York where their 2 sons, Walter, and Kevin, were born.
While living in Long Island City, Walter, Margaret, and the boys took vacations to Brewster, New York. They loved the Brewster area and decided to buy land and build a home. It took several years to finish the house, with the family spending those early years in the basement while the main living spaces were built.
When it was finished, the family made the move to Brewster, where Walter lived until his passing. It was at their home in Brewster where they had their 3rd child, Marian Sieck. The move to Brewster brought with it new employment for Walter.
He had been working at Republic Aviation on Long Island, New York, but decided to move to a new company that was closer to Brewster, and joined IBM Corporation, which became one of the greatest technology companies of the time. He joined IBM Corporation at Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1956 as a machine operator and was promoted to technical assistant for quality / reliability of component parts in 1962. He transferred to East Fishkill, New York, in 1964, where he was appointed to management in reliability testing.
He held various management positions in manufacturing, production control, technology assurance support, advanced device services, and metal mask operations. He was a 1985 Division Award recipient and participated in the American Society for Quality Control. In 1986, Walter was promoted and named Superintendent of the multi-layer ceramic (MLC) packaging quality assurance at IBM's East Fishkill, New York, manufacturing facilities.
As Superintendent, he had Global responsibility for manufacturing quality for plants in the US, Canada, Germany, and Japan. The silicon components under his quality supervision were used in IBM Mainframe Computers – 360's / 370's that became the backbone of computer processing for most Fortune 500 companies in the United States. Walter placed a high value on education.
While also working at IBM he received a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree with distinction in Business from Pace University, New York City, in 1976. After 30 + years working for IBM Corporation, he retired to focus on his family, tend to his vegetable garden and enjoy the fruits of his labors. Walter was a member of St.
Lawrence O'Toole Catholic Church, where he was active and contributed his services as an usher and other activities. He was also an active member of the Local VFW in Brewster and often was the one to present the VFW scholarship award to graduating Seniors at Brewster High School. Walter leaves behind his wife Margaret, his sons Walter Sieck Jr.
of Brewster, New York, Kevin Sieck of Sudbury, Massachusetts, and his daughter, Marian (Sieck) Moore of Lancaster, Pennsylvania As well as his grandchildren, Christopher Sieck of Brewster, New York, Daniel Sieck of Melrose, Massachusetts, Trevor Sieck of Boston Massachusetts, Alanna (Sieck) Robinson of Hudson, Massachusetts, Joseph Moore of Finksburg, Maryland; Christina (Moore) Walker of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Caroline Moore of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. And Walter was blessed with Great Grandchildren that include Tyson and Kenzo Robinson; Cora and Penny Sieck, Isabel, Isaac, and Iliana Moore, and Sophia Walker. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to one of Walter's favorite charitable organizations – Tunnel to Towers Foundation, URL.
This is an organization honoring America's First Responders, Veterans, and their families.A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Lawrence O'Toole Church, Brewster, NY, at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 29, 2022.Send Flowers, Plants & GiftsSend Flowers, Plants & GiftsGet more local news delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for free Patch newsletters and alerts.