Robert I. Siegel, 89, of Roselle died March 7, 2018. He moved to Roselle after his marriage.
Mr. Siegel began his career as an educator in the Crisfield, Md., public schools, and later entered the Newark public schools as an instructor in special education. As a reading specialist, he completed his career in the Bernards Twp. public schools, retiring from that system in 1990. He also taught in the Irvington Adult School, where he worked both with adults in strengthening English language skills and with students wishing to obtain their high school equivalency certification.
A graduate of the Newark public schools, he attended Upsala College and received his master’s degree in special education from Columbia University as well as a sixth-year certification in the supervision of reading instruction from New York University.
He became president of Congregation Emmanuel of Roselle, and was an active member of the Roselle-Linden Interfaith Council. He was also program chairman, secretary, and later president of the Linden Lodge of B’nai B’rith for many years. He was, in addition, a life member of the New Jersey Education Association and National Education Association.
As an instrumental violinist, he was active in a number of area orchestras, including the community orchestra in Summit and the Intergenerational Orchestra in Cranford.
He received, after retirement, his license as a “General” by the American Amateur Radio Relay League.
He is survived by his wife, Burnice; two daughters, Devora (David) Schiff and Pamela (Emmanuel) Gentilcore; his son, Jordan (Devra Lee); two brothers, Allen and Gilbert Siegel; and eight grandchildren.
Services were held March 9 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Memorial contributions may be made to Summit Youth Orchestra, Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, or B’nai B’rith.