Ethel Siegel

December 14, 1917May 10, 2019

Ethel Siegel, 101 of Orlando Florida passed away on 5.10.2019. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. An avid artist and potter. She loved people most of all.


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Unis Edwards

May 17, 2019

I met Ethel through the Pottery Studio. Not only was she a lovely woman and talented potter, she was fun and kind. I said often how I admired her energy and how involved in life she was. Ethel was an excellent role model. Happy and positive. I enjoyed listening to her and visiting with her. She was a true treasure and will be missed by many who loved her. Rest in peace dear Ethel.

Jennifer Jacobson

May 16, 2019

Ethel was a part of the Chai Steppers club at the Rosen JCC. She loved dancing, discussing books and connecting with people. We enjoyed hosting one of her 100th birthday parties. Such a sharp mind and joyful spirit. She will be missed by all of us.

~Rosen JCC Chai Steppers

Marti Purdy

May 15, 2019

Ethel and I were neighbors for almost 20 years. In all that time I never knew Ethel was part of the Pottery Studio until her 100th birthday when there was a Birthday card at the studio for everyone to sign. I knew there could not be another 100 yr. old Ethel, who was also a gifted artist. I went to Ethel's home to say happy birthday and we laughed about what a small world it really is. She was always happy to share her art with me, but our relationship changed that day. When I walked with her through her work, there were new little stories about pieces and the wonderful people at the studio. Through the years we talked about Judaism, pottery, life, family, and of course our neighborhood. She lived a wonderful life rich with family and friends and I'm sure had her hutzpah right to the very end. She truly was one of a kind and I will miss her.

Jack Toepke

May 14, 2019

I first met Ethel when I joined the pottery studio in 2003. I remember how much fun it was to share the yiddish words I learned with her and the rest of the robust group of Jewish ladies at the time in the studio. Deeply ingrained was how bound together she and Matty were when he was at the studio with her. However my vivid memory that will remain is the day she surprised me with her skill at the wheel! She did hand building projects/sculptures for years. Then one day she stealthily got on the wheel on the other end from the row I was on and just started throwing like a pro! Ethel was so full of life and smiles. I never saw her wearing a bigger smile than the opening of the retrospective show that City Hall hosted of her artwork. It was a magical night and meeting so many of her family made me see how beautiful she lived and loved.

Gail Coverman

May 13, 2019

Seeing Ethel at the studio always brought a smile to my face. In my eyes, her attitude towards the changes life brings and her loving family defined her. She was one of a kind.

Elizabeth Maupin

May 12, 2019

Everyone who knew her at the City of Orlando Pottery Studio (and EVERYONE knew her) loved Ethel, who was the oldest member of the studio for many years. We always looked forward to Tuesdays with Ethel. She was a great lady: She always said exactly what she meant, which I loved. Here’s a quote from a little interview I did with her for the Sentinel 10 years ago, when I asked her if she would ever stop making pottery: “Are you kidding? When I stop coming [to the studio] is when I’m laid out in a box.” Rest in peace, Ethel.