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William F. "Bill" Neusidl

Obituary for William F. "Bill" Neusidl

April 26, 2019
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania


William F. Neusidl "Bill", formerly of Elkins Park, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on 
April 26, 2019 at the age of 86. William is survived by his beloved wife Katharine E. (nee Smith); his 
loving children Theresa Welsh (Richard) and William B. Neusidl, M.D. (Ann); his caring grandchildren 
Katharine (James), Richard (Kristen), William (Ann), and William J.; and his cherished great grandchildren 
Lucy, Ainsley, Lorelei, and William.

William Francis Neusidl was born July 23, 1932 to Bertha and Joseph Neusidl. Bertha and Joe immigrated 
from Austria to America and settled in the Olney section of Philadelphia. As a youngster Bill enjoyed 
romping through the woods and playing baseball and basketball. He was, and remained an avid sports fan, so much so that he always had to have two tv's set up so he wouldn't miss an important play. Bill completed his elementary education at Saint Ambrose catholic school and was given a scholarship to
attend LaSalle High School. He was quite the scholar! After high school, Bill was employed by the Philadelphia Board of Education.

The Korean War erupted. Bill enlisted in the Navy at the young age of 20. Somehow Bill, who was 
very shy mustered up the courage to ask ,Kate Smith, his childhood sweetheart, to marry him at a 
dinner dance being held at the Pine Beach Yacht club. She said YES! On April 4, 1953 ,on Bill's leave from 
boot camp, they were married .They just celebrated their 66 wedding anniversary this April.

Bill was shipped off to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where he was placed in charge of all the fleets in the 
Pacific. Kay stayed home to complete her nursing education. Nine months later she graduated from 
Temple's school of nursing. Kay went to Hawaii and joined Bill where she pursued her nursing career.

On Feb 13, 1956 Kay and Bill had their first child, a daughter named Theresa Lani. Bill completed his 
tour of duty in the Navy on December 1956 and was honorably discharged from the Navy. Bill and Kay 
traveled across country with their daughter, Theresa. They bought a home that was situated between 
both of their parents in Olney. Bill resumed his job at the Board of Education and worked his way up to 
become a supervisor of I.T. Simultaneously, he pursued his education at LaSalle College at night. He 
graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration. Soon they had their second 
child, William Brian born July 6th 1957. As their family expanded they outgrew their home .They built a 
new home in Elkins Park, which remained their home until 2019.
Bill found a new love of golf and joined Melrose Country Club, where Bill and his son competed in 
many father son championships and won. Bill also enjoyed bowling, playing chess, and relaxing at Pine Beach with his family and friends. He retired from the Philadelphia Board of Education after 47 Years.
Quickly the years flew by. Theresa graduated from Albert Einstein School of nursing and became a 
Nicu nurse. Billy graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and became an 
ophthalmologist. Theresa married Rich Welsh and together they had 3 children, Kate, Rich and Bill. Billy 
married Ann O'Reilly and they have a son, Will.

As the next generation unfolded, Bill an Kay became great grandparents to Lucy, Ainsley, Lorelei, and Billy. Bill enjoyed all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren, they made his heart happy, and they simply adored him.

Bill's family has been blessed with the life lessons that Bill has taught them, and by all the priceless memories they shared. His gentle kind spirit will live on in their grateful hearts forever.

Relatives and friends are invited to share in William's Life Celebration on Monday, May 6, 2019 beginning at 9:00AM followed by his Funeral Mass at 10:00AM at St. Hilary of Poitiers Church 820 Susquehanna Rd. Rydal, PA 19046. Burial will take place at Washington Crossing National Cemetery. Interment private- family only.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in William's memory to Liberty Hospice 7002 Butler Pike Ambler, PA 19002 would be greatly appreciated.

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