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Obituary for Peter Sekelick

Our husband, father and grandfather was a very special man. The youngest of 12, born in Pittsburgh, PA, his life was defined by his love for his family. After serving in the Navy in WWII and putting himself through college, he married Jeanie Wallace 63 years ago after seeing a picture of her and convincing a friend to arrange a "chance" meeting. It worked. Two days before he passed with his family gathered around, including his beloved Jeanie, he reminisced about that first meeting telling us Jeanie walked in with Pat and left with me. He knew he hit the jackpot and married a saint. He called her his salvation.

He was completely devoted to his three sons, Mark, Peter and Matt. The devotion and love was mutual. He coached our sports teams, watched us grow and mature and was always generous with advice but leaving worldly decisions to his sons. He loved to visit his sons in the various places they lived and was a friend and father in our adult years.

He was the proud father of three grooms when Matt married Manisa, Peter married Cindy and Mark married Peggy. He and Jeanie moved from Pittsburgh, PA to Fairfield, CA in 1992, ostensibly for one year to take care of their granddaughter, Samantha (Peter & Cindy). One year turned into two, and when Samantha had a little sister, Lindsey in 1994, it was a done deal - California became his permanent home. His and Jeanie's full-time job for the next five years was watching Samantha and Lindsey while Peter and Cindy worked. He cherished every minute of it. He always said that while most people can't wait for the weekend to arrive so they could have a couple of days off, he couldn't wait for Monday to arrive so he could go back to "work" and see his granddaughters. The bond between them could not have been stronger. He was with them when they came into the world and they were with him when he left.

Peter and Jean "retired" again and moved to Rossmoor in Walnut Creek in 1999. The trip to Napa and Fairfield to see Mark/Peggy and Peter/Cindy and family was less than an hour away. Son Peter also worked in Walnut Creek and saw his father often.

Sadly, Peter was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Sophia and Brady (Matt and Manisa) and his oldest son, Mark. But Matt and Manisa gave him four more beautiful grandchildren to love - Isabella followed by triplets Zach, Yana and Ally. For the last decades of his life he enjoyed, loved and was fully devoted to Jeanie, his sons, their wives and six wonderful grandchildren.

Peter had an opportunity to tell his whole family what we already knew - that he loved us and we were his whole life. He had a wonderful sense of humor and kept us laughing in his final days. He taught us a lot, but always primary was that family is first. He said goodbye and was holding hands with his family as he passed. He even taught us how to love with his final breath. Goodbye Peter. Goodbye Dad. Goodbye Pappy.

A Rosary will be held on Sunday Oct. 8, 2017 at Hull's Walnut Creek Chapel, 1139 Saranap Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94595-1119 from 6-8pm. Mass will be held on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 at 10:30am at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 1600 Rossmoor Pkwy, Walnut Creek, CA 94595. Peter will be laid to rest next to his son Mark in Napa. In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choosing.


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Rosary

Sunday

8

Oct

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hull’s Walnut Creek Chapel

1139 Saranap Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94595-1119

Funeral Mass

Monday

9

Oct

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
St. Anne Church

1600 Rossmoor Pkwy
Walnut Creek, CA 94595

Cemetery Details

Location

Tulocay Cemetery

411 Coombsville Rd
Napa, CA 94559

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