Always Checking on Family
Muriel Siskopoulos's hobby was knitting for her son, three daughters and two grandsons. She made herself a sweater once, but didn't like it and gave it away. She never knitted anything for her husband, Mark, but he didn't complain. "She spoiled them," Mark said. "And I spoiled her. That's the way it went."
Mrs. Siskopoulos, 60, worked as a secretary for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. A meticulous dresser, she always made sure that her shoes and handbag matched when she left her home in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She liked to shop, but often bought clothes that were too small just so she could hand them down to her children. She liked to travel, too, but often took the rest of the family along. The Siskopouloses made eight trips to Disney World in the last 10 years, including one last year with their grandchildren.
And no matter where she was, Mrs. Siskopoulos had to check on her family every day. Usually more than once. "She was generous with herself and her time," her husband said. "They were her life."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 27, 2001.