C. Philip Thorsell, 93, formerly of Bemus Point, died on Saturday October 16, 2021 at the Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center.
Philip Thorsell’s life was dedicated to his Lord, his family and his work. Born in Jamestown, NY on October 23, 1927, to the late Arvid and Martha Thorsell, he attended Jamestown High School and graduated in 1946. He served as a second lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineer in France for a year.
He graduated from the University of Cincinnati where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in architecture. After obtaining his license in 1971, he began his career with Julian Naetzker and became a partner at Naetzker & Thorsell Architects. He was then a founding partner of Habitra Associates Architects and Engineers and was a member of both the American Institute of Architects and the Guild of Church Architects.
Philip Thorsell was an architect in Chautauqua County and New York and Pennsylvania for over 50 years and has designed more than 17 local school buildings and 15 nursing homes, in addition to other facilities throughout the state. Some of the buildings he designed included the WCA Hospital, the James-town Community College buildings, the Mayville courthouse, and many retirement homes and churches in New York and Pennsylvania. He retired from Habiterra Associates in 1986 and continued to conceive on his own until the age of 88.
His faith and the church were an important part of his life. He was a founding member of St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Bemus Point. He designed the church building at St. Timothy’s and was a member of the board of trustees. He was also a founding member of Christ Lutheran LCMC Church.
His love of music has been present throughout his life where he began in the A Cappella choir in high school and continued with church choirs his entire life, singing solos for many weddings and church services. .
He will be dearly missed and his family and friends will fondly remember his sense of humor.
Philip is survived by his wife, Lorraine; and five children: Steven (Valerie) Thorsell, Diane (Robert) Langendorfer, Daniel (Lorraine) Thorsell, Kristine Holmes and Ingrid (Kenneth) Hill. Eight grandchildren also survive: David (Christine) Van Ness, Aleda (Devin) Burch, Ian Thorsell, Krista Thor-sell, Isaac (Amy) Haselwood, Kacie (Robert) Hetrick, Kourtney (Eric) Shuman and Archer Hill; and five great-grandchildren: Kolin Hall, Alexis Hall, Caroline Hetrick, Landry Burch and Torrin Burch; as well as a niece, Martha (Lee) Bookout.
In addition to his parents, Arvid and Martha, he was predeceased by a sister, Ethel (Paul) Swan; and a nephew, James Swan.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 21 at Christ Lutheran LCMC Church, 3012 Route 430, Jamestown, headed by Pastor Bob Benson. The family will receive friends for one hour before the service, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at church.
Memorials can be made at Christ Lutheran LCMC Church, 3012 Route 430, Jamestown, NY 14701.
To leave condolences to the family, please visit www.lindfuneralhome.com.