Joseph Anthony Siefring, Jr.

June 30, 1921 - August 16, 2008

06/30/1921 - 08/16/2008

Past Services

Wednesday August 20, 2008
Hampton National Cemetery
Hampton, VA
Thursday August 21, 2008
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home ï¿_ Riverside Chapel
7415 River Rd
Newport News, VA 23607
757-245-1525 | Directions
Friday August 22, 2008
12:30 pm
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
Harpersville Road
Newport News, VA 23601

On Saturday, August 16, 2008, Joseph Anthony Siefring Jr., age 87, passed away peacefully at his home in Hampton after a long battle with cancer. At his passing he was surrounded by his loving family.

Joseph A. Siefring was born June 30, 1921 in Lynbrook, New York to Joseph Siefring Sr. and Gertrude Conklin Siefring. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York. The family included his four sisters and one brother. He is survived by his sisters Winifred Gray and Mary Oswalt, both of Meredith, New Hampshire.

Prior to graduation from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1939 Joseph joined the Army National Guard. After a stint with the MP Battalion in 1941, he joined the regular Army Air Force, serving from 1941 to 1945. While stationed at Lavenham Air Base in England he worked as a flight engineer gunner, part of a 10-man crew of a B-17 bomber, making over 25 bombing runs over Germany and France in Air Offensive Normandy, including two on D-Day. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and an air medal with 3 oakleaf clusters.

Upon leaving the Army Air Force, Joseph joined the NACA now NASA in 1947. In his 33 year career at NASA he was most proud of his contributions to the success of the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab space programs. After retirement from NASA, Joseph continued to work as an engineering aide at Wylie Laboratories.

Joseph’s artistic talents were evident from a young age, and he displayed them in many media: painting in water colors, pastels, pen and ink, and oils. He continued to paint during his entire lifetime. Over the years he enjoyed wood working and golf, serving as a volunteer for the Anheuser Busch Golf Tournament. He was an avid gardener, achieving the designation of master gardener.

Joseph was a devoted husband and loving father. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Margaret Lyons Siefring, and by six of his children: Margaret Marlin of Overland Park, KS; Craig Jernigan Dean of Newport News, VA; Anna Cottrell of West Palm Beach, FL; Pauline Siefring of Laurel, MD; Joseph A. Siefring III Edith of West Point; and Jessica Malafeew Eric of Lexington, MA; fifteen grandchildren and six and a half great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his two sons William Joseph Siefring and Stephen Lyons Siefring, and two grandchildren Phillip Walter Jernigan and EvaMarie Jernigan.

A visitation will be held Thursday, August 21, 2008, from 7 pm to 9 pm at Riverside Altmeyer Funeral Home, 7415 River Road, Newport News.

A funeral mass will be conducted at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Harpersville Road, Newport News, at 12:30 pm Friday, August 22, 2008. A burial service will be held immediately after at Hampton National Cemetery, Phoebus.

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