Peter R. Sigmund
Peter R. Sigmund
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Peter R. Sigmund, of Ambler, PA, died peacefully on Friday, December 17, 2021 surrounded by the love of his family, at the Artman Assisted Living Community in Ambler, PA. He was 91 years old.

Peter was the son of the late Paul and Marie (Ramsey) Sigmund and grew up in Wyncote PA. Peter lived a life filled with family, friends, and love. He was known for being kind, humble, loyal, and honest. He enjoyed the simple things in life, like a dip in the ocean, a walk in nature, good wine, and a good meal. He loved travelling and exploring new cultures in countries such as Ireland, Italy, Spain, France, Israel, and Colombia. Just name a place, and Pete Sigmund has been there. His fascination with human interest stories opened him up to diverse people and nurtured his love of the world.

As a journalist, he covered the Apollo Lunar Landings and moon missions during the 1960's. Pete even ran on the beach with Astronaut John Glenn, attempting to get a "scoop" for the Newport News regarding space missions. Most NASA astronauts at that time knew Pete by name. Pete also loved watching the Eagles and Phillies. After many years of pain, he witnessed the Eagles winning the Super Bowl LII in 2018.

Pete's Catholic faith was central to his life. He attended St Joseph's Seminary from 1955-1956, to become a priest. However, in 1961 he began a fairy tale romance with the love of his life, Joann Smith, after they met at a Catholic young adult retreat. They were married In 1962 in Riverton, New Jersey. The reception was at 109 Bank Avenue, along the windy Delaware River. He had visited "109" many times, driving 6 hours from Newport News Virginia so he could see her. They were married 44 years before JoAnn was called home to the Lord in 2006.

In 1966, Peter and JoAnn had their first child, Peter Jr. They would go on to have 3 additional boys, and lived in a lively house on Hendricks Street in Ambler, PA, down the street from Saint Anthony of Padua Church in Ambler, where he was a daily communicant, a member of the choir, the Grandfather's Club and the Bible Study group. He served as a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Men of Malvern.

For 20 years, Peter was an active volunteer and board member for New Jerusalem Now, a residential addiction recovery community that operates five houses in North Philadelphia. From the beginning, he worked closely with Sister Margaret McKenney and often used his skills as a journalist to publicize their work. Peter also brought a Christmas tree down to New Jerusalem every year to brighten everyone's lives. On learning of Pete's passing, Sister Margaret said "Pete was a dear, kind, loving person and a great help to us. We can all rejoice in a beautiful life well lived".

Peter was a 1947 graduate of St. Joseph's Preparatory School and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951. For decades, Pete consistently returned to Penn and his fraternity, Alpha Chi Rho, as a beloved participant in homecoming events and graduations. He led the graduation procession at Penn in 2019 as the oldest living alumnus in attendance.

Peter was employed by Sperry Univac as a technical journalist for over 20 years, until his retirement in 1985. Over the years, Pete's news articles appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country. He was always looking for a story. Peter also served as public relations manager at Lindhult & Jones Agency from 1984-2001 and wrote articles for Construction Equipment Guide Magazine from 2001-2019.

Peter was preceded in death by his beloved wife, JoAnn (nee Smith), in 2006. He is survived by his devoted sons, Peter Jr. of Erdenheim, PA; Joseph P. and wife Natasha of Riverton, NJ; James D. and wife Jennifer of Brigantine, NJ; and Mark N. and wife Andrea of Palmyra, NJ. He was the proud and loving grandfather of Joseph, David, Mark, and Joshua and a beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews. He is the dear brother of Katy Pearce (Art Pearce) of Ithaca, NY, and Mary Ann Wenniger of Gloucester, MA., and brother-in-law to Ruth Sigmund of Blue Bell, PA, Msgr. Joseph P.T. Smith and Rosalind Smith Edman. He was predeceased in death by brothers Paul Sigmund of Princeton, NJ, John Sigmund of Blue Bell, PA, and his sister Louise Regan of Oreland, PA.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 from 9:15 to 10:45 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 259 Forest Avenue, Ambler, PA 19002. Words of Remembrance will begin at 10:45 AM followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM. Interment will be after the Mass at Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken. Livestream of Peter's Funeral Mass may be seen at this link: https://www.urbanfuneralhome.com/obituary/627504/Peter-R-Sigmund/#media

Donations in Peter's memory may be made to New Jerusalem Now, 2011 West Norris St. Philadelphia PA 19121-2120 https://newjerusalemnow.org/

Tributes and photos may be shared at www.UrbanFuneralHome.com



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D Donald Razzano on Jan 23, 2022

I worked with Pete at Unisys Corporation in Blue bell. One of the nicest men I ever knew. He was the biggest Phillies fan I ever knew. I remember when the Phillies won the world series in 1980, Pete came into our office and poured champaign for everyone. Rest in Peace Pete. Don Razzano

P Paul Gaffney on Jan 3, 2022

Peter was one of the kindest people I ever knew. He was a true friend to my father Jack. Although they knew each other through church since the early '70's, they only became closer in life through the Grandfather's Club at St. Anthony's. After the loss of their wives, JoAnn and Mary, they become good friends. They spent time together volunteering for several charities, went to retreats at Malvern and even went to Ireland together. (That country will never be the same!) Personally, I went to the retreats and a couple of Villanova/Penn games with Pete and always loved being around him. To me he was true Christian and all should look to him as an example of how our lives on earth should be lead. God Bless you Peter. You will be missed.

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N Nancy Kern Roberts on Dec 22, 2021

Goodbye and safe passage as you fly with the angels, dear friend; I will so miss our conversations, but I shall ever forget you. NancyHope was purchased for the family of Peter R. Sigmund by Nancy Kern Roberts.

N Nancy Kern Roberts on Dec 22, 2021

Goodbye and safe passage as you fly with the angels, dear friend; I will so miss our conversations, but I shall never forget you. NancyHope was purchased for the family of Peter R. Sigmund by Nancy Kern Roberts.

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