Fern and Lee Siegel

Leaving a legacy is my way of expressing my gratitude to all those in my community who have given so much to me. It’s an opportunity to give back. In raising my two disabled children and my third child adopted through Chicago’s Jewish Children’s Bureau, I received so much help and support from so many people. I get a sense of accomplishment from serving in my community and am grateful I am able to do so. I hope not only to leave this financial legacy for future generations but to have left a legacy of accomplishments which will make a difference in the lives of others.

My parents were loving and caring. They taught me by example. They were proud of their children and in turn I was proud to be known as their daughter. They both contributed to their community in Toledo, Ohio. My Mother was known for the many piano recitals she performed for Temple Sisterhood and Hadassah. She was recognized for her work for the boys in the service by sewing quilts for the USO. My Dad was recognized for his leadership in successfully driving campaigns to build a new Jewish Community Center and a new wing on the Jewish Home for the Aged. He served as President for the JCC, Vice President of the National Jewish Welfare Board, and Secretary of his Temple. So tradition has taught me to follow in their footsteps.