Elizabeth M. “Betty” Siegel, 94, of Clinton, passed away on April 26. Born in The Bronx, New York, she was predeceased by her parents Anthony A. Mahuske and Elizabeth S. Mahuske, brother Robert P. Mahuske, and husband George J. Siegel.
Betty was a secretary in The Bronx before marrying her beloved husband George in 1954, when they moved to Clinton. A 68-year resident of Clinton, she worked at Pierson School as a lunch mother and then as a cook in the kitchen. She worked in all four Clinton schools as a cook and as head cook at The Morgan School. She loved chaperoning for The Morgan School Music Exchange Concerts, loved all the students, and kept in touch with many to this day.
Betty was on the Comcast Cable Board in Clinton for more than 20 years and joined Eastern Star at 18 years old in The Bronx, continuing in Connecticut with Bethlehem Chapter, Clinton, Olive Branch #87 in Madison, now under the Mystic Chapter #20 in New Haven, being a 76-year member. She was a faithful member at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, Clinton for 55 years and member of Clinton American Legion Post #66. An avid bowler, Betty was recognized as the oldest living AMF female member in the country. She loved her children, grandchildren, gardening (aka the “plant lady” at the Congregational Church Fair), and all her family and friends: Agnes Nyiri, Bob and Barb Bruch, and many more, and all her church family.
She is survived by son Arthur R. Siegel and wife Colette of Killingworth; daughter Laurel S. Iaccarino and husband, Dominic “Nick” of Clinton; and five grandsons, Brian Siegel and wife Aimee of Texas, Robert Lewis III of Clinton, and Jason Lewis of Clinton; Daniel Siegel of Killingworth; and Evan Siegel of Pennsylvania. She is also survived by two great-grandsons, Owen and Liam Siegel of Texas; sister-in-law Diane Mahuske of New Jersey; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Calling hours are from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6, followed by a funeral service at 7:30 p.m. at Swan Funeral Home, located at 80 East Main Street, Clinton. A short prayer service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, is at Swan Funeral Home followed by interment at the Indian River Cemetery, Clinton. The family is requesting all to wear a mask; they will be available at the door. Donations in her memory can be made to Girl Scout Troop 62191 for the Sustainable Garden project or the First Church of Christ, Clinton Steeple Fund.