SAUGERTIES.....Philip J. Bjornseth, 91, of Lamb Avenue, Saugerties, passed away Friday, October 22, 2021 at Albany Medical Center surrounded by family. Philip was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather and he will be missed every day. He was affectionately known to his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren as “Grandpa”, “Pop-Pop”, “Great Pop-Pop”, and “Jellybean Pop-Pop”. Philip was born June 10, 1930 in Bottineau, North Dakota to the late Dr. Rudolph J. Bjornseth and Lynda Bjornseth. He attended the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND and worked on the Air Force SAGE project in Grand Forks, ND. He joined IBM in 1958 as a Senior System Test Engineer and was also involved in Research and Development during his career at IBM until his retirement. In 1963, he moved to Saugerties, NY.
Philip was a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club and IBM Bowling League. He loved traveling around the country and particularly enjoyed his annual trip to Myrtle Beach with his wife and friends and summer trips to Minnesota and North Dakota. He was a member of the National Campers and Hikers Association, the Sawyerkill Knight Owls camping group, and the Rip VanWinkle Hiking club. Philip enjoyed woodworking and carpentry. He was also an active member of the Atonement Lutheran Church.
Philip was predeceased by his step-mother, Martha Bjornseth. He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Delores Bjornseth, his loving daughters and son-in-laws, LuAnn and David Tyree, Barbara and Robert Rion, Janice and Robert Martin, 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.
His Funeral Procession will form 10:15 AM Thursday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Cor. of John & Lafayette Sts. thence to the Saugerties Atonement Lutheran Church where at 11:00 AM his Funeral Service will be conducted. Interment will follow in the Blue Mt. Cemetery, Saugerties. Friends will be received Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Family suggests donations in his memory be made to the American Heart Association, American Foundation for the Blind, or Atonement Lutheran Church in Saugerties. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family on Phil's tribute wall at SeamonWilseyFuneralHome.com