George Albert Siegelman

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George Albert Siegelman
AIKEN - George Siegelman, age 100, died at home in Aiken, SC on July 28, 2017.
George was born in St. Louis, MO, on August 12, 1916, to Samuel and Lillian Siegelman. At the age of 16, he enrolled in MIT where he studied chemical engineering. After graduating he began working for Shell Oil Company.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in combat with the Third Chemical Mortar Battalion in North Africa and Europe, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. At the end of WWII he was discharged with the rank of major.
After the war, George worked as a plant manager for National Distillers in IL, where he met his first wife, Wilma Rhine Purcell. Wilma's three children (Jackie, Rick, and Nate) were joined by George and Wilma's two children (Greg and Sue) after the family moved to upstate New York.
In 1963, George's family moved to Plainfield, NJ where he enjoyed a long career in project management as an independent consultant. He had long-term international assignments in Iran, Russia, France, England, South Korea, Brazil, Holland, New Zealand, and Canada, where he helped build oil refineries, fertilizer factories, North Sea oil platforms, and desalinization plants. George was known as the guy who could get a project done ahead of schedule and under budget.
George's wife Wilma died in 1990. He married his second wife, Carolyn Boise Lorincz, in 1998. The couple moved to Aiken, SC in 2013 to be closer to Carolyn's daughter, Pam Skiles and her husband, John Eubanks. After Carolyn's death in 2014, George moved in with Pam and John.
The family wishes to thank caregivers Becky Campbell and Ebony White, and the wonderful staff at Aiken Active Seniors. George also enjoyed a close relationship with his nephew Allen Brockman and wife Ronnie.
George is predeceased by his parents and his sister, Helen, and is survived by his children Jacqueline Renner of Hazleton, PA; Donald (Jean) Purcell of Nappanee, IN; Nathan (Carolyn) Purcell of St. Joseph, IL; Gregory (Karen) Siegelman of Louisville, KY; Sue (Albert) Sommers of Pinedale, WY; and Pam Skiles (John Eubanks) of Aiken, SC. He leaves 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 12 at 11:00 a.m. in the parlor of First Presbyterian Church in Aiken. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Aiken Active Seniors, 690 Medical Park Dr., Aiken, SC 29801, or to the .
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First Presbyterian Church
224 Barnwell Ave NW
Aiken, SC 29801
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Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Aug. 11, 2017
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