Lt. Colonel Edmund John Sieminski (United States Army, Retired), 88, of Mountain Top, died in hospice care in Wilkes-Barre on Monday, June 14, 2021.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Raymond and Stella Majesky Sieminski. He was a graduate of Laurel Hill Academy High School, Scranton University and Duquesne University. After graduation, he joined the US Army, proudly serving his country for twenty-three years, including two tours of combat duty during the Vietnam War, during which his beloved wife Mary Jane cared for their children stateside.
Edmund was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and Senior Parachutist Badge. He qualified for the rigorous Ranger designation and was also a paratrooper who made over twenty jumps from helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.
During his first tour in Vietnam, Edmund served as an intelligence advisor to the South Vietnamese Army in the Mekong Delta. During his second tour in Vietnam, he served in the storied 11th Armored Cavalry (Blackhorse) Regiment as executive officer of the First Squadron. During a tour in Germany, he commanded an armored cavalry squadron that deployed light armor and helicopters. He retired following his final posting as a Professor of Military Science and head of the ROTC program at Lafayette College in Easton.
Edmund, also served as State Representative for two terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the district of Easton. He was later appointed Deputy Executive Director of the Turnpike Commission after working in the Department of Military Affairs during Governor Thornburgh's administration. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Knights of Columbus and the Rotary Club.
In addition to his parents, Edmund was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Jane Baily Sieminski; daughter: Barbara Sieminski; siblings: Henry Sieminski and Annette Steadman.
He is survived by his children, Kathleen (Thomas) Shifflett of Virginia; John (Susanne) Sieminski of Pittsburgh; Mary (Edward) Singleton of Wisconsin; Edmund Sieminski of California and Wendy (William) Pfundt of New Hope; and his second wife, Sharon. He was the proud grandfather of eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
A private family graveside funeral was held at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.
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Funeral was under the direction of the Desiderio-Lehman Funeral and Cremation, 436 S. Mountain Blvd, Mountaintop.
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