Jo Seitsinger, generous Oklahoma Christian donor, passes away

Jo Seitsinger passed away over the weekend. The funeral service will be tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery. Seitsinger is survived by her husband, Dan, and her daughter, Karla.

Seitsinger was a longtime employee in the 1980s and 1990s at Oklahoma Christian University in the dean of student’s office and the security offices.

In 2004, following the death of the Seitsingers’ son Kyle in Afghanistan, they funded the Kyle Seitsinger newsroom and convergence journalism lab at Oklahoma Christian.

Kyle Seitsinger graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in 1993 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps later that year. During his six-and-a-half-year tour of duty, he received many awards for his leadership style, and was named “Top Gun” at his embassy school graduation.

Kyle enrolled in Oklahoma Christian in 2000 and enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves at the same time. Kyle worked for the Talon, the student newspaper, serving as an editor for two years. He was selected as one of sixteen student journalists to participate in the Summer Institute in Journalism in 2002.

In Nov. 2003, Kyle was called into active duty less than twelve months short of his graduation with a dual major in journalism and Spanish. He died in Jan. 2004 while serving his country in Afghanistan. Kyle was posthumously awarded a Oklahoma Christian diploma at the Spring 2004 graduation ceremonies.

The family has requested that all donations be made to the Oklahoma Christian journalism program.

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