Althea Jo (Martin) Sigler, of Port Jefferson, NY, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, October 9, 2017. She was 89 years old.
Althea Jo was born October 18, 1927, in Mansfield, Arkansas, to Joe J. and Althea Lea (McQuery) Martin. She graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She continued her education at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., where she earned a Masters Degree in Nursing. Upon graduation, Althea Jo secured a job as a registered nurse at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, N.Y., where she met and married her husband of 41 years, Paul B. Sigler on October 25, 1958.
Althea Jo and Paul raised a family of five children in Chicago, Ill. In addition, “Emma Jo” as she was affectionately called by her family, was active in the First Unitarian Church of Chicago, Chicago Public School PTA, The Hyde Park Community Council, and the local chapter of the Democratic Party. With her family she shared a love of travel; spending several years abroad in England, Israel, Germany and traveling throughout Europe.
Althea Jo will be remembered as a devoted, loving wife and proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother who was happiest when she was surrounded by her family and friends.
Visitation will be from 11:00AM to noon, Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Martin Funeral Home, Mansfield, AR. Interment will be at Coop-Prairie Cemetery in Mansfield, AR at 1:00PM on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Honorary pallbearers include Deborah, Rebecca, Jonathan, Jenni, Michele, Clint, and Elias.
Althea Jo is survived by her 5 children, Jennifer L. Sigler (Clint Rubin) of Port Jefferson, N.Y., Michele A. Sigler (Yannis Manuelides) of London, UK, Jonathan L. (Breindy Sigler) or Jerusalem, Israel, Deborah R. Sigler (Robert Peña) of Seattle, WA, Rebecca L. Africano (Nicolas Africano) of Normal, Ill.; 18 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband Paul, her parents, her brothers, Bill, JD and Jerry, and her sister Sue.
Althea Jo’s quiet, calm strength always prevailed. She touched the lives of many, and will be missed by all.
A celebration of Althea Jo’s life will take place in Chicago, IL, at a date to be determined.
Online condolences may be sent at www.martinfuneralhomes.com.