Joseph Seeley

Joseph Seeley

CHAMPAIGN – Joseph Seeley, 52, of Champaign passed away at 8:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 13, 2012) at home, surrounded by his family.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., Champaign. Owens Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Joe was born on Feb. 23, 1960, to parents Robert and Charlotte Seeley and grew up in Newton, Mass. He married Jan Colarusso on June 14, 1986. They were college sweethearts. Jan survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Jake and Paul; three siblings, Mara, Lauren (Blaise Aguirre), and Karl (Kate McConnell); and 10 nieces and nephews.

He majored in economics at Yale, where he was also a track standout and team captain in 1982. He continued his running after college and completed 10 marathons and countless road races over the past 25 years.

After college, Joe taught math and computer science at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut before moving to Champaign-Urbana in 1987 to attend graduate school in computer science at the University of Illinois.

Joe was the Usability Architect for Human Kinetics in Champaign, where he worked for over 10 years.

Joe was a passionate youth soccer coach for many years in the Illinois Futbol Club (formerly LISC). Joe was also very active in the local Second Wind Running Club and, most notably, was the webmaster and key team member for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.

Through his blog, Joe's Blasts (, Joe wrote honestly and humorously about his 21-month battle against leukemia.

To carry on Joe's longtime commitment to youth soccer in Champaign-Urbana, the Joe Seeley Scholarship Fund has been established through the Illinois Futbol Club. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to "Illinois FC" with "Joe Seeley Scholarship Fund" on the memo line; checks can be mailed to Illinois FC, Attn: Joe Seeley Scholarship Fund, 2310 N. Willow Road, Urbana, IL 61802.

He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.

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