Tuesday, July 22, 2014

funeral arrangements for Suzanne Siegel

Suzanne A. (Wyrostek) Siegel


Suzanne A. (Wyrostek) Siegel, age 48, of Wilmington, formerly of Wilbraham, passed away unexpectedly on July 19, 2014. Suzanne was born on August 8, 1965, in Springfield, MA; she was the cherished daughter of John and Jean (Bojan) Wyrostek. Suzanne was raised and educated in Wilbraham and was a graduate of Minnechaug High School. Suzanne went on to earn her Bachelors Degree in Horticulture from the University of New Hampshire and her Masters Degree in Education from Lesley University in Boston. Suzanne was also in the process of finishing a second Master's Degree from AIC. At the time of her death, Suzanne was employed as a second grade teacher at the Memorial School in Burlington, MA. Suzanne loved her students dearly, she enjoyed spending time with them, teaching them new and exciting subjects, and watching them grow throughout the school year; she especially adored seeing her former students return to visit her. Suzanne was a well-respected educator, co-worker, and dear friend to many of her fellow teachers. In her spare time, Suzanne loved spending time working outside in her yard, she loved gardening, going on family camping trips, listening to music, reading, going to Cape Cod and walking on the beach, or just hanging out with family and friends and enjoying conversation. Suzannes most favorite thing to do was to spend time with her beloved daughter Josselyn, whether it was shopping, going out for lunch or dinner, taking in a movie, or just being there for each other, they were inseparable. Suzanne will be fondly remembered for her kindness to others and for her unconditional love and devotion to her family and friends. Suzanne was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all. Suzanne was the beloved wife of David E. Siegel, devoted mother of Josselyn Siegel of Wilmington, cherished daughter of John & Jean (Bojan) Wyrostek of Harwich, dear sister of Michael & Karen Wyrostek of East Granby, CT, loving aunt of Matt Wyrostek, daughter-in-law of Bette Siegel of Boston. Suzanne is also survived by many brothers and sisters in law, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. The family will be receiving guests at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, July 26th, 2014 from 9:00 9:30 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 9:30 a.m. Committal Services will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the Island Pond Cemetery, Center St., Ludlow, MA 01056. Donations in Suzannes memory may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation, 540 Gallivan Blvd., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02124. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com - See more at: http://obits.masslive.com/obituaries/masslive/obituary.aspx?pid=171819764#sthash.9Bm4e4uD.dpuf

Monday, July 21, 2014

sad news for our community

Burlington Public Schools
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TEL (781) 270-1721 MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
FAX (781) 229-5751                 125 WINN STREET
ddressler@bpsk12.org Burlington, MA 01803
              
Deborah Dressler July 21, 2014
principal

Dear Memorial Family and Burlington School Community,

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I share the news of the passing of our beloved second grade teacher, Suzanne Siegel.   Mrs. Siegel has been a valued member of not only our  Memorial learning community but also to the Burlington School community as well. She taught second grade for the past eight years and positively impacted the lives of many young students, parents and colleagues. Her commitment to students and love for learning has touched us all. When we know the details of her funeral arrangements I will pass that along.
We encourage you to talk with your child. How we, as adults, manage ourselves serves as an important model for helping kids handle tragedies like this. It is important that they know they are loved and supported as they talk about their feelings.

You may want to consider the following when talking with your child:
  • Tell the truth. Talk about death vs. “going to sleep.” Explain the situation.
  • Allow for your child to talk about feelings. If this is the first loss your child has experienced, your child may not know how to respond and will be looking for your guidance.
  • Affirm all expressions. It’s okay to express feelings honestly. Tolerate the expressions rather than dismissing them or discouraging the expression of feelings.
  • Encourage written expressions such notes, letters, pictures to the family etc.
  • Reaffirm that your child is safe and that your child is loved.
  • Affirm that your child’s reaction is normal and you understand the way the child’s feels.
  • Watch for changes in behavior such as aggression, withdrawal etc.
  • Help the children return to as normal routine as possible.

If you want anymore information on how to talk to your child, please refer to www.dougy.org. We have connected with community mental health resources for the Memorial staff and will continue to work with the Riverside Trauma Center on an ongoing basis.
We will have counselors at school on Tuesday July 22, 2014 from 4-6 pm to provide emotional support for our students and parents. If you have special counseling concerns or would like additional support for your child, please call us at 781-270-1721.  Danielle Flaccavento, our guidance counselor, and Madeline Sedovic, our school psychologist, will be available to meet with her child/children at the beginning of the school year.  Our deepest sympathies go to the Siegel family as we mourn the loss of a talented and cherished member of our school family.

With peace and love,

Deb Dressler