Melvyn Edward “Mel” Siegel

by | Apr 5, 2019 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach— Melvyn Edward Siegel, 81, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2019, surrounded by his devoted family.

Mel was born in Richmond, Virginia on October 5, 1937. He worked his way through the University of Richmond alongside his father, Milton Siegel, at Finer Foods Sales. Upon graduation, he joined the family business. He continued his career in institutional food sales with Sandler Foods when he moved his family to Virginia Beach in 1979.

In retirement, he was the happiest either on the tennis court or sitting around the card table playing poker with his many friends. Mel’s commitment and dedication to Temple Israel led to the honor of serving as president of the congregation.

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in 2008 led to new friendships and activism. He set an inspirational example through hard work and participation in exercise classes and Rock Steady boxing. When Mel put on the boxing gloves, he transformed into a determined advocate and fighter for curing this disease.

His memory will be cherished by his wife of 54 years, Gloria Singer Siegel and his children, Valerie Diehl (Rodney), Laura Siegel-Little (Dustin), and Ron Siegel (Renee); his grandchildren, who affectionally called him Pepaw, Hannah Diehl, Benjamin Diehl, Jade Siegel, Kai Siegel, and Taven Siegel; sister Doris Baum of Richmond; and brother, Howard Siegel of Arlington, Va.

His devoted aides treated him with dignity and compassion. They also loved playing gin rummy with him for a nickel a game, but Mel, the card shark, always won!

Funeral services were held at Temple Israel. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the local Parkinson’s chapter, APDA/Hampton Roads Chapter, 4560 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach, Va. 23462.

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