WYCKOFF, N.J. – Dr. Alfred Siss, 96, of Wyckoff, died Wednesday, Sept. 23.
Siss was born Oct. 8, 1918, to young German immigrant couple August and Augusta Siss. His parents were bakery owners in Paterson. He attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Central High School.
After graduation from New York University as a Phi Beta Kappa scholar, he attended NYU School of Medicine and graduated in 1943. He immediately started his internship at Paterson General Hospital. He married student nurse and his wife of 67 years, Anna Mae Korzinek, in 1944.
His internship was interrupted by World War II, at which time he entered the U.S. Naval Medical Corps and participated in the Normandy/Omaha Beach landings on D-Day, June 6, 1944. In his more than 50-year career, he practiced both obstetrics and pediatrics in Prospect Park.
Siss was a member of the pediatric staff at Paterson General Hospital/Wayne General Hospital, acting as chief of pediatrics, president of the associate staff, and secretary to the medical board. He participated in the H.E.A.L. clinic at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was a physician to the Paterson Orphanage, Bethany Christian Home, Florence Christian Home, medical advisor to the Board of Health in Prospect Park, chairman of the first Poison Control Center in Passaic County, medical director of Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat, and school physician for the Prospect Park, North Haledon and Eastern Christian school systems.
Siss was a devout Lutheran and active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran, Bethlehem Lutheran and most recently Advent Lutheran Church.
He loved to swim, could bake an apple pie, read voraciously and enjoyed food and travel.
Siss was predeceased by his wife, Anna Mae; daughter Marianne; and two brothers.
He is survived by his sons Alfred Jr. (Merry) of Hoboken, New Jersey; Eric (Cara) of Santa Monica, California; daughter Christine Keeler (John) of Wyckoff; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at Advent Lutheran Church, 777 Wyckoff Ave., Wyckoff, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Arrangements were entrusted to Vander Plaat Funeral Home, Wyckoff.
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