Mrs. Martin Siegel

by | Feb 14, 2014 | Obituaries

Norfolk —Mrs. Martin Siegel, 97, wife of Dr. Martin T. Siegel, of blessed memory, and a resident of Norfolk since 1995, passed away peacefully at home on February 5, 2014.

Born Betty Uretsky in Columbus, Ohio, Betty was an Ohio State University graduate, who later moved to The Big Apple in the 1930s to pursue a career as an independent businesswoman.

She married the love of her life, Martin, after her younger brother Kenny fixed her up at the Sagamore Hotel on Lake George. Martin was a violinist and tenor and dentist so quite the catch. They married in 1954 and spent many years together until his passing in 1992 and lived in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Their only son Jack, and the twinkle in Betty’s baby blues, is an orthopedic surgeon in the area.

Betty is survived by her loving matchmaking brother, Kenny Uretsky, her son, Jack, his wife, Lisa and her two granddaughters, Zoe and Lucy. In addition, she is survived by two nieces, Jane Whitmore of Pittsburgh and Andrea Feinberg of Millneck, N.Y.

Lil Bet, as she was called by the girls, will be terribly missed. She had a lively and bold and mischievous spirit and didn’t suffer fools. Betty cared deeply about her temple, Ohef Sholom and the Holocaust Commission of Tidewater. She was active until her passing in Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. She was a concert pianist and classical guitarist and loved to sing and listen to music.

The memorial was celebrated privately and the family appreciates the love and memories shared.