In Memoriam: Pamela Seifert, AIA, 1950-2018
Pamela Mabelle Seifert, AIA, 67, of Martinez, California, passed away January 24, 2018. She died peacefully in her home that she designed and loved. Pam was born to the late Curt and Mabelle Seifert on August 5, 1950, in Hackensack, New Jersey. She received a BA in Fine Arts from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana in 1972 and a MA in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975. Pam married Stephen Harvey in 1972. Pam and Steve were loving and supportive partners to each other over 45 years of marriage.
Pam adeptly balanced her career as an architect with her life as a wife, mother, and friend. Pam made sure all her architecture had something special for each of her clients, many of whom became friends. She and Steve also shared their professional careers as Steve built many of Pam’s designs. They enjoyed creating homes together for their family, as well as to sell. She was also a talented artist, craftsperson, photographer, gardener, cook, tennis player, equestrian, and animal lover. Pam loved nothing more than harvesting food from her garden to prepare for a Sunday dinner with her family.
In spite of her healthy and active lifestyle, at age 53, Pam suffered a stroke, the first of many major health challenges. With hard work, a positive outlook, and strong support, she fought her way back time and again, maximizing her quality of life and quality time with loved ones. Pam designed, and Steve built, her dream ranch home on 35 acres in Briones. For her last 12 years, she enjoyed life there, amongst the horses, goats, chickens, dogs, cats, fish, and beautiful oak-covered hills. Pam and Steve continued to travel the world in recent years including rafting the Grand Canyon and recently visiting Peru and Machu Picchu.
Pam is survived by her husband, Steve; two children, Allison Harvey Turner and Ross Harvey; son-in-law, Michael Turner; granddaughter, Grace Harvey Turner; and brother and sister-in-law: Larry and Diane Seifert.
A memorial will be held Sunday, March 11th at 1pm at the Lafayette Veteran’s Memorial Building. If desired, donations may be made to Heifer International.