Alexander Robert Siegel

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Siegel, 84 DOVER - Alexander Robert Siegel passed away peacefully at his home on March 14, 2013. He was born on December 29, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pa. to the late Alexander and Helen (Beatty) Siegel. Alex graduated from Northeast High School, Philadelphia, Pa. He served in the U.S. Army Occupation forces in Kyoto, Japan in 1946-1947. His education continued after his discharge at Peirce School of Business, Temple University, Dartmouth College and local colleges. Alex was employed by the former International Latex Corporation/Playtex Apparel, Inc. from 1957 until his retirement as Credit Manager in 1990. Alex was a devoted Catholic and lifelong member of Holy Cross Church, Dover. He served for 25 years as a volunteer accountant and financial advisor, as well as various councils in the parish. He was a daily Mass attendee until his illness in April 2011. He was a Secular Franciscan and a Man of Malvern. An accountant his entire life, he loved numbers, and in retirement, spent 20 years as a volunteer, preparing tax returns for the elderly at Modern Maturity Center. He was married for 51 years to his late wife, Loretta (Hearon) Siegel, who died in Sept. 2004. He is survived by his sons, Michael A. Siegel, and wife Barbara, of Santa Fe, N.M. and Andrew R. Siegel, and wife Velvet of Dover; his daughters, Helen M. McCusker, and husband Michael, of Smyrna, Sr. Marie Alexander, C.S.S.F. of Newark, Annemarie M. Siegel, who lived with and cared for him for the past 16 months, and Catherine M. McCaughtry, and husband Mick of Albuquerque, N.M. He is also survived by six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; his step grandchildren, Greg and Kris McCusker, of Smyrna, and his sister, Jeannette Fox of Cape May, N.J. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by his sister, Kathryn Somers Schmidt, a brother, William A. Siegel, and his beloved dog, Tara. Alex was first and foremost a dedicated husband and father. Orphaned at a young age, he learned flexibility and contentment. He never wanted for material things, always asking simply for "six good kids". He encouraged all his children in whatever pursuits they desired and instilled a great faith that "Thy will be done." After most of the children were out of the house, he and his wife were able to travel quite extensively. After she died, he continued to travel abroad and to the Southwest with some of his children. Anyone who ever met him was drawn in by his constant smile, kindness, and sense of humor. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. at the Funeral Home of Michael J. Ambruso, 1175 S. State St., Dover. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, 631 S. State St., Dover. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Dover. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Felician Sisters, 871 Mercer Rd., Beaver Falls, PA 15010, or to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Condolences may be forwarded and Guest Book signed via www.ambruso.com

Published in NewsZapDE on Mar. 17, 2013
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