October 09, 2021

George M Seprish, Sr.

Mt. Arlington (NJ) George M. Seprish, Sr., 88, passed on October 9, 2021 at home, surrounded by his family after a long, hard-fought battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Son of Ignatz (James) and Anna Seprish, George was born on December 8, 1932 in Snow Shoe, Pennsylvania and was raised in a small, coal-mining town outside Wilkes-Barre, with his five siblings. He proudly served four years in the Coast Guard and while traveling, he would take his children to visit the bases in different states. After George’s service in the Coast Guard, he attended Penn State and studied drafting and engineering. He was an engineer for 36 years at Hoffman-LaRoche Pharmaceuticals in Nutley (NJ) before retiring.

George also lived in Syracuse, New York; Pittsfield, Massachusetts; and Dallas, Texas, before settling down in Rockaway (NJ), for over 50 years to raise his family. For his final years, he lived in Mt. Arlington and enjoyed the forest animals at his back porch.

George loved watching and playing sports. As a teenager he played baseball and was a very good pitcher earning him the nickname, “Aimer.” He also was in bowling leagues for many years and even bowled perfect games of 300 on multiple occasions. However, the sport he loved the most was golfing. He was an avid golfer for most of his life and loved to share his golfing tips with anyone, even if you didn’t golf. 

As far as watching sports, of course he loved watching golf and imparted his knowledge of the game and players while you watched with him. He was a devout Penn State Nittany Lions football fan, as well as a longtime frustrated Phillies fan. 

George Seprish was a loving Grandpa who encouraged and supported his grandkids’ endeavors in any way he could. Although not able to physically attend their sporting activities, he loved to hear stories of their games and even gave up his basement, allowing them to practice pitching and hitting during the winter. One of their favorite activities with Grandpa was finding all of the Easter eggs he would hide for the yearly hunt. He was so good at it that one year they found an egg hidden the previous year.

George Seprish is survived by his loving and devoted wife of  27 years, Joyce Chang, and six children: Michele Seprish, George M. (Dori) Seprish, Jr, Jeannine (Corey) Dash, Alyssa (Nick) Tsourides, Ming (Miriam) Shih, and Joyin Shih (Richard) Schragger. He also leaves his 12 grandchildren: Jessica, Taylor, Christopher, Jeffrey, Vanessa, Konstantine, Alexia, Maximus, Andrew, Madeline, Kai, and Quinn; and three sisters: Helen Bellaus, Madeline Worlinsky, and Arlene Barilla. He was predeceased by his brothers: David Seprish and James Seprish.   

 Friends and relatives may visit at the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com) on Thursday, October 14th, from 6 – 8 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, 10 am, at the Funeral Home with the interment to follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Chester. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to 

www.michaeljfox.org, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, in honor of the deceased.











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