Jeannette (Seibert) Mittelsdorf - September 16, 1930 - August 1, 2019
A longtime Heritage Village and Watermark resident, Jeannette died on August 1st in Southbury, CT after a long Illness. Born in Korçë, Albania to George Frasheri and Elpiniqi (née Qamo) Frasheri, she came to New York City as an infant.
Showing an early talent for music and performance, she was a graduate of Manhattan’s High School of Music and Art. She met her future husband Frank Seibert when both attended Queen’s College. Jeannette took time out to raise 2 children and graduated with a music education degree.
Musical performance continued to call to her, and she spent several years in summer stock theater. This was followed by off-broadway musical productions, appearances in To Broadway With Love at the 1964 New York World’s Fair and casting in Broadway musicals of the 1960’s and ‘70’s, including On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Darling of The Day, Maggie Flynn, and Applause.
Following this career, she returned to an earlier love — psychology — earning a doctorate in educational psychology from Fordham University. She worked in this field for the Syosset, NY public schools until her retirement in 1992. She also volunteered as a counselor with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis at the height of the AIDS crisis, and recorded books for the blind.
Following the death of her first husband, she married Alan Mittelsdorf in 1992 and eventually settled in Southbury, Connecticut. She and Alan enjoyed classical music performances in the Northeast and traveled widely. She also sang with the Connecticut Choral Society for many years.
She is survived by her son Donald Seibert of Northport, NY and daughter Lisa Seibert of Dedham, MA. She is also survived by grandchildren Adrian Candela of Goshen, NY, Chloë Seibert of Boston, MA, and 2 great-grandsons.
The Carpino Funeral Home of Southbury has been entrusted with the arrangements. To leave a message of remembrance, please visit www.CarpinoCares.com.
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