Timothy F. Sethman
August 15, 1961 - July 28, 2013
Timothy Francis Sethman, 51, of Belle Vernon, Rostraver Twp. passed away at his home on July 28, after a joyous day spent boating with family and friends. Born August 15, 1961 in N. Charleroi, PA he was the son of the late Harry C. and Mary Ann Rainey Sethman Jr. After graduating from Belle Vernon High School in 1979, he pursued his life`s passion by developing a rich career in law enforcement. He served 10 yrs. as an officer for N. Belle Vernon, S. Greensburg, and Rostraver Twp. Police Departments (DARE Program). He continued as a Forensic Detective for the Westmoreland Co. District Attorney`s office for 17 yrs., until his death. Mr. Sethman was a highly organized man driven for further education in his field. He held advanced certifications and was recognized as an expert in forensics in fingerprints, footprints, crime scene, and photography. In this role, Tim assisted in forensic investigations for local, state, and federal agencies. He provided assistance nationally in helping to process backlogged evidence. He was 1 of 785 Latent Print Examiners in the world.
Mr. Sethman graduated with honors from California University of PA in 2009, earning the Sir Robert Peale Award for highest GPA, but was more proud to graduate together with his youngest son, Michael (both in Criminal Justice). He served as an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice at Waynesburg College, and was a frequent guest speaker at many post-secondary schools in the area.
He was a high-energy individual who enjoyed serving and helping others. He was a member of the International Association of Identification, the Canadian Identification Society, a Fellow of the Fingerprint Society, and served as past president of the New Jersey International Association of Identification, and past secretary of the Mon Valley FOP. He was a member of the Blythe Lodge 593 Masons. He held advanced certifications in scuba, including Scuba Lifesaving Accident Management. He was a member of the Pricedale Union Church.
Popular among young and old alike, Tim was the life of the party. He was always on the go with family and friends fishing, traveling, supporting the Steelers, and loved the water. He entertained guests with his myriad of collections, and his quick wit and humor was guaranteed to bring down the house. He was generous with his time, and was first in line to help anyone who needed it. He loved giving and getting presents, especially at Christmas time. He was proud of his family and of his son`s service to the country. His zest for life was contagious.
Surviving, in addition to his beloved bride of 34 years Darla Jean Harrison Sethman are two sons 2nd Lt. Timothy C. Sethman & wife Brigette Hurst, Michael J. Sethman & fiancé Sarah Krissinger of Latrobe, granddaughter Temperance Sethman, brother & sister in law Richard C. & Holly Sethman of Scenery Hill, two sisters & brothers in law Donna & Daniel Bennett of Monessen, Diana & Richard Burger of Rostraver Twp. and a sister in law Gladys Jolliffe of Silver Springs, MD. He is preceded in death by a grandson Triston Taylor Sethman.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6-8 PM and Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Parzynski Funeral Home & Cremations, Family Owned and Operated, 626 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon 724-929-6183. Relatives and friends will gather Thursday at Pricedale Union Church for funeral services at 10 am with the Rev. James J. Mimidis of Pricedale Union Church officiating. Interment will take place in Belle Vernon Cemetery.
VisitationTuesday 6-8 pm
Wednesday 2-4 & 6-8 pm
ServicesRelatives and Friends will gather Thursday morning at Pricedale Union Church for services at 10 am
IntermentBelle Vernon Cemetery
Jim & Karen HornbakeDarla & Family,
Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. May GOD guide you and be by your side.
Jim & Karen
Cindy McClintockGod truly takes the best. My deepest sympathy is with Darla and Tim's family. Mine and Scott's prayers are with you. It is very hard to express how deeply we feel for you all. May God's peace and love carry you
Phil & Maria GiordanoDarla and Family...
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Tim touched so many lives and gave so much to our children. He left an impression on all who met him. We were blessed to have known him. God is with you...
Phil & Maria and Family
Brian DewI am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Tim on a number of projects with Ron Smith and Associates. He was a wonderful person and he will be dearly missed. My prayers are with his family.
jody lynn kelleyDarla i am so sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
krystal PowellDarla and family ..as well as diana and family...Im so sorry for your loss.. you will be in my thoughts and prayers
Rita and Mark GianniniDarla, Sons, and Family Many will share their stories about the time they have spent with Tim, add these to all of your memories, reflect and be proud. Tim meant so much to so many. God bless.
Anna (Trimbath) StrasserI am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers and with you and may you find comfort in your memories.
Marlene HainesSethman Family, you have my deepest sympathy and prayers.
Rocco ScioreAlthough it has been many years, the shock and pain is no less. My & my families deepest condolences to Darla and the entire Sethman family.
vicki littletonThoughts and Pryers are with you Darla,time,and mike. So sorry for the lose been many years I have known the family.great guy Tim was and will always be thought of
Janice Cratty DeLattreMany prayers are with your family at this time! May you find peace and strength in God!
Missy CostellaDarla and family, may your hearts and souls find peace and comfort in the loving memories you can forever hold on to. Everyone that had the pleasure of crossing paths in life with Tim, knew him to be a loving husband and father and overall awesome individual.
You have my utmost, deepest sympathy,
James ProtinMy deepest sympathy and prayers are with the Sethman Family.
John & Marianne JT'S Auto & CycleOur Thiughts & Prayers are with you and your family
Jeff and Jeanine GillenDarla and family, our deepest sympathy is with you. Tim touched so many people and we are blessed to have called him our friend. You are in our thought and prayers.
Mike & Carol Foorour deepest sympathys to all of you, Tim was a awesome man. He will be missed,and Remember all the great Memories with him. My heart and prayers go out to you all. If we can do anything please let me know.
Matt LongMy very heartfelt condolences. My whole family has contacted me in some way to express their sorrow and condolences as well.
Nancy and BruceSo very sorry about Tim's passing. And so happy that his last day here was full of joy. A good legacy--live each day with Joy. God Bless you and your family.
Vicki Cathers PainterMy heartfelt sympathy to the Sethman family
Yvonne Nucci FamilyMy sincerest condolences on the loss of Tim. Darla and family our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Amanda Hatalowich-FiccaMike, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are eith you and your family during these times.
Michelle MoskalaMy thoughts and prayers to your entire family.
Bruce and Waynette NeasonDarla, we are shocked and deeply saddened at the news of Tim's passing. Although it's been many years, Tim has alway's been a true friend and inspiration sharing his strength and positivity to all. Our prayers and deepest condolences to you and your family.
Jason & Chrissie UsherDarla, we are saddened to hear this unfortunate news, our hearts and prays go out to you, Timmy, and Michael. I am sure that you will hear this a great deal in the coming days and weeks, but I am so proud to be able to say that I knew a man that did so much and left such a lasting legacy.
Henry G. FitzMy heart goes out to the family and friends of Tim. I work in the same building as Tim worked and I to consider him my friend. He was always good natured and friendly and a pleasure to be around. His love for his family and work is an example to live by. He will be greally missed but not forgotten. Tim and his family are in my thoughts and prayers.
mr.&mrs. orran (spanky) dunmeyerDarla and sons...You have our deepest sympathy! Tim will be greatly missed by all!
John Munshower Sr.Tim will surely be missed. We send our deepest sympathy to the family.
Dwayne and Jane WeaverDarla and Family,
You have our deepest sympathy at this very difficult time. I know you are very proud of Tim as a Father and Husband. Jane and I remember having a great time with you and Tim at family reunions. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you as you grieve his untimely passing.
Mike and Georganne FarrahRick and Holly,
Even though we did not know your brother, Timothy, he sounded like he was a very special person. I can only imagine what he was like if he is anything like you, Rick. We are so sad to learn of your loss. I know how important family is to the both of you. We will keep you in our prayers. Always friends.
Jill and Jerry BelloWe met Tim at Carly's 21st birthday party as her guests. Our son dates Carly and we have been blessed to know her and her family. Upon meeting the Sethman family we felt how special and loving everyone was, and we realized this family was truly exceptional. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. May God bless you with warm memories of Tim and remember he will always be with all of you. We wish we had known this amazing man, Tim Sethman, as you have. With prayers and love, Jill and Jerry
OD 13-013In honor of Timothy F. Sethman, Basic Officer Leadership Course Class Ordnace 13-013 has donated two hundred ten dollars to the EOD Warrior Foundation. Our thoughts and prayers go to all the family and friends of Timothy.
pam carlsonThe Angels are going to love him in Heaven, But on Earth he will be sadly missed.
Kim GidoMy dearest Darla, I am so sorry for the lost of a very loved and respected husband..As you know God has given us so much Joy with our loved ones...I am sure the boys know how much he loved them and was so proud. I never talked to him with out having a consveration of them....You have been blessed all the way.No one can expain the emptyness that will follow, But knowing he is with our wonderful God will help you and your sons get through the pain...Please let me know if there is anything I could do I will always be there...Phone number 724-322-3820..address is 404 lutz run rd. bv if you ever just want to stop by...All my love and God bless to you and your family...
Michael BrooksI was saddened to hear the news of Tim's passing. I met Tim many years ago when he attended of my classes at the FBI Academy, and I rarely had a more impressive student. He was always positive, professional and he turned out to be a great friend. I even had the fortune to meet his wife Darla on several occasions at forensic conferences around the country. My deepest condolences go out to your Darla, and all of your extended family.
Susan Weaver RountreeDear Darla and Family,
You and your family have my deepest sympathy. Tim was a wonderful guy and an excellent role model for everyone. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Susan Weaver Rountree
I'm so sorry for loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Joe and Tina DuganDarla and Family,
Tim may be gone but he will never be forgotten. May you take comfort that one day we will see him again. God bless you all and you have our deepsest condolences. We will forever miss him.