Anna Sigman passed away peacefully on June 11, 2022. She was born on January 22, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY, to Isidore Aderman and Freda Augenstein. She graduated from Hunter College with a BA in Anthropology, and from Lehman College with an MA in Education. Anna married her life’s partner, Melvin Sigman, on March 27th, 1955, in Brooklyn, NY. For over thirty years, until her retirement in 1994, Anna was a primary school teacher in New York City.
Anna devoted her life to her teaching career and to her family. Her relentless political advocacy clarified New York State obligations to provide a “free, appropriate education” to special needs students. Thousands of young people who never learned her name have benefited from the funds her work made available for their education. Anna fought with all of her heart and all of her considerable intellect on behalf of the people and causes closest to her heart. She was equally well known for her deep love of English literature and her quick (and occasionally sardonic) wit.
Anna spent most of her final 15 years in Seal Beach, CA, where she enjoyed the wonderful company of her sister, Beatrice Roth; her niece and nephew, Abby and Bruce Abrams; and their children, Adam, Tara and Gabriel; who all survive her.
Anna is also survived by her sister Sylvia Roth; her brother-in-law, Alfred Sigman; her sons Daniel and Michael (Christine); and by many cherished cousins, nieces and nephews.
Anna was predeceased by her cherished brother, Morris Aderman and by her beloved husband, Melvin.
Her online memorial service, on June 28 at Noon CDT will be officiated by Rabbi Howard Berman, per a link to be provided. Donations in Anna’s memory may be made to the Young Adults Institute at: https://www.yai.org.