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A Mass of Christian Burial for Robert F. Seibel of Swormville, retired water analyst for the Town of Amherst and captain of several euchre teams, will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville.

Prayers will be said at 9:30 in Urban Brothers Funeral Home, 6685 Transit Road, East Amherst. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Swormville.

Seibel, who was born in Buffalo, died Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2001) in his Swormville residence after a brief illness. He was 76.

He was a technical sergeant in the Army's 933rd Signal Battalion in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

At the time of his death, Seibel was euchre captain for teams from Smith's Tavern, Stockman's Tavern and Swormville and was regarded as one of the best players in his area.

He was recording secretary for the Swormville Fire Company and secretary of the Firemen's Softball League and Amherst Fast-Pitch Softball League. He was a past commander of A.J. Jurek Post 1672, American Legion. He also was a member of St. Mary's Usher Society and Holy Name Society.

Until recently, he wrote a weekly sports column for the Amherst Bee and Clarence Bee newspapers.

In the 1960s and 1970s, he was also known for his one-man band, which consisted of an old military marching drum and a record player on which he played pop music, polkas, waltzes and other dancing music. He tapped out a beat on his drum while the music sounded from the record player. His "band" was in great demand for wedding parties and other events.

His business card read, "Swing low, swing hi with Si at the Hi Fi."

Survivors include his wife, the former Patricia Fiegel; two sons, Brian of Swormville and Michael of the Town of Tonawanda; a sister, Alma Geib of East Amherst; and a grandchild.


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