Joseph J. Sigal
SIGAL: Joseph J. Sigal, 92, of Pittsburgh, passed away Tuesday, December 30, 2014 in Columbia, S.C. Born June 1, 1922 in Pittsburgh, PA, he was the son of the late Meyer and Sarah Manes Sigal. Mr. Sigal resided in Mt. Lebanon until the last five years, which he spent with his daughter, Leslie, in Columbia, S.C. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering where he participated in the school’s ROTC program. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army during World War II. He received decorations and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After WWII, he served in the Army Reserve for twenty years. In later life, he was greatly involved with the Wounded Warrior Project. Though trained in electrical engineering, he was an excellent businessman, and he owned and operated several hardware stores in the Pittsburgh area. While living in Mt. Lebanon, he was a member of Temple Emanuel, and later, of Beth Shalom Synagogue while in Columbia, S.C. Throughout his life he supported and generously contributed to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Jewish Federation, Boystown USA, and the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association. Mr. Sigal is survived by daughters: Leslie Ptashkin Wyatt (James), Sandy Crisostomo (Raymond), and Monica H. Barach; son: Gary S. Barach (Betsy); grandchildren, Jonathan Barach, Michael Barach, and Phillip Mancuso, all of Philadelphia, Dr. Nicole S. Ptashkin, of Columbia, SC, and Amanda Ptashkin, Esq., of Atlanta, GA; and a niece, Goldie Berthenthal (Mark), of Sarasota, FL. In addition to his parents, and sister, Frances Caplan, Mr. Sigal was preceded in death by his wife, Hildy A. Sigal, and by his son-in-law, Jeffrey Ptashkin. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, January 4, 2015, at Beth Shalom Synagogue in Columbia, SC, with Rabbi Jonathan Case officiating. Memories and condolences may be shared at ShivesFuneralHome.com.