Vivian Seiler

April 5, 1929 ~ July 26, 2022 (age 93)


On July 26, 2022, Vivian Seiler passed away at 93 years of age at the Williamsport Nursing Home in Williamsport, Maryland.  The daughter of the late Granville Cornett and Mattie Morgan-Cornett, Vivian was born on April 5, 1929, in Cumberland, Kentucky.  As a young woman in her early twenties, she was encouraged by her uncle and aunt in Baltimore, Maryland, to come for a visit to look for employment in Baltimore.  Her first job was at the Harbor Field - Municipal Airport, now the Dundalk Marine Terminal.  She loved Baltimore, where she met the love of her life, Nelson Seiler.  They were married for 69 years before his passing on April 17, 2019.

Vivian’s greatest joys were her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and spending time with her extended family.  She was at her happiest when loved ones surrounded her.  She always prepared extra at mealtime in case someone dropped in.

Vivian had a strong love of God and church.  Over the years, she was a member of several churches in the Maryland area, but her heart belonged to the Brooklyn and Pasadena Churches of God.  Vivian made lifelong friends at these churches.  She was always ready to do what was needed to help fund the ministry.  Vivian spent countless hours making baked goods and candy to sell, and her peanut brittle was famous.

Vivian is survived by her brother James Cornett; sister Lorraine Weitzel; sons Danny Seiler and wife Peggy, Nelson G. Seiler and wife Cheryl; daughters Cathy Zacko and husband Brian, and  Lorraine Young; 9 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren

Vivian’s children that preceded her in death Theodore Seiler and Donna Seiler; also her preceded in death siblings Freeman Cornett, Oakie Williams, Joseph Cornett, Ivalene Turner, and Donald Cornett.

Vivian’s first job was at the Harbor Field - Municipal Airport in 1951. 

She then worked at Anne Arundel County Animal control from 1963 thru 1966, where she rescued several animals that the family grew to love.  She brought into the family a total of three dogs, two cats, and a bird.  

Vivian worked at John L. Deaton nursing home from 1968 thru 1970, where she taught crafts and ceramics.  She went on to open a ceramic studio from 1971 thru 1978.  She taught her students all aspects of creating ceramics.

In their senior years, Vivian and Nelson discovered a love for traveling.    Vivian dreamed and hoped they would one day visit Jerusalem, and that dream came true.  She was able to cross a trip to Israel off her bucket list.  It was a trip she often enjoyed talking about with family and friends.

Vivian and Nelson also developed a love for cruising.  They shared a once-in-a-lifetime cruise to Alaska, a trip to Hawaii, and cruising to various islands.   A family cruise to the Caribbean was particularly memorable.  Vivian lived a whole rich life.  She loved and was loved by her family and friends.

Vivian will be buried with her beloved husband Nelson at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery at 1122 Sunrise Beach Rd, Crownsville, MD 21032.  Graveside services will be on August 2, 2022 at 1:00 pm at the cemetery with Pastor William “Billy” Humphrey officiating.


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