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Siegbert “Siggy” A. Kolko Obituary

Obituary

International businessman, husband, father, grandfather. Survived by his wife Rosalie, son Ira (Nan), daughter Cheryl, stepsons Scott (Lauren) and Steven (Veronica), grandchildren Allen (Lauren), Valerie (Matthew), Zachary (Shelby), Ashley (Matt) and Jake (Danilo), great-grandchildren Samantha, Joshua, and Rafi, and predeceased by his first wife Ruth and grandson Shawn. Siggy’s “Florida family” included Alicia, Jeff, Gabi, and Juli.

Born to Karl and Leonore on January 30, 1929, in the Prussian town of Arnswalde, Siggy and his parents lived with his maternal grandparents in the then-German city of Konigsberg, where his father and grandfather operated a livestock business, buying and selling cows and horses for the local farming community.

In 1941, Siggy, along with his parents and grandparents, were deported to the Theresienstadt Camp in Czechoslovakia. Siggy’s father was a World War I German soldier, so the family was given “preferential treatment” by being sent to the Nazi “show camp.” His grandparents perished there, and Siggy was then transported with his parents to Auschwitz where his parents were killed.

Siggy’s size and strength marked him for forced labor through the rest of the war. He then sailed alone to New York where he began work in the garment district. This led to a long career in the fabric trade. Siggy’s work took him to six continents, and he was even making regular trips to China into his late 80’s.

A fan of the NFL, NBA, and pro tennis, Siggy enjoyed watching them all on his big screen with the occasional margarita. Siggy’s greatest joy, though, was his four-legged companion, Barnaby.

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