|Birth: ||Mar. 7, 1911|
|Death: ||Aug. 13, 2007|
Alex Segall, age 96, a bright and vivacious gentleman, much beloved by family and friends, died at his home on August 13, 2007, after a long illness. He is predeceased by his wives, Lillian V. Segall and Bertha Alyce Shlenker Segall, as well as four brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his wife of eleven years, Virginia Battelstein Segall, his children and grandchildren, Candy and husband Scott Thompson and their children Traci and Scotty; Cissy and husband Marty Davis and his daughter, Kristina; and son Sidney Segall and his children Seth, Stacey and Corey. He is also survived by step-children Susan Battelstein and Barry Battelstein and wife Linda; step grand-children Nancy and Steve Bostic and daughter Sophie, Philip and Bea Battelstein and son Kevin, and David and Jessica Battelstein and children Josiah, Jesse and Gracie. He is also survived by step-daughter Gay Shlenker Block and her family and the family of the late Sidney Shlenker; sisters-in-law Dinah Segall, Connie Simon and Mildred Berman, and many nieces and nephews.
Alex Segall was a man blessed with an infectious, larger-than-life personality and huge smile , always making him the center of attention of any gathering with his endless supply of "stories" to fit every occasion. He loved life and all its outlets, including, as he called them "his business years" as a super salesman in the retail fur industry, the wholesale wig business, and the wholesale plastics industry until retiring in the mid-1970's. He then indulged his passion for "living", concentrating on becoming a champion gin rummy player and remaining fit with two other loves: golfing and dancing. One of his most treasured accomplishments was becoming a Bar Mitzvah for the first time at age 83, sharing this joyous occasion with granddaughter Traci Thompson. Never one not to be active, when his physical abilities diminished in 1996 at age 85, he found a new outlet for his energies, quick mind, and organizational talents by becoming involved with the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Children's Art Project. He became their oldest volunteer in age and longest in service, adopting the Children's Art Project as his own, working five days a week, giving orders from his own "cubicle" and loving every member of the personnel from staff to volunteer as if each was a part of his own family. They loved him in return, showering him with attention, honoring him as the first recipient of the Karen Harrison Award and making certain he became the most senior to ever receive the prestigious Jefferson Award for volunteerism. That he and his "moving chair" were sorely missed was evident by the constant inquiries as to his health during his final two years of confinement.
The family wishes to express its deepest thanks to all involved with the M.D. Anderson Children's Art Project for their wonderful commitment to him, for their continued interest in his well-being, and for the cards, letters, and calls that brought him such delight. The family also wishes to make its gratititude known to the many who offered kind attention during his illness. These include his long-time friend and helper, Elmina McCann, his dedicated care-givers Doris Hearne, Paula Jesus Zuniga, Peggy Alma Sonnier and Linda Hearne, and the Management personnel and Concierge and Valet staff of the St. James Condominium for their continued concern and assistance.
From the Houston Chronicle, 8/11/07
Beloved Husband, Father And Grandfather
Always In Our Hearts
Rest In Peace
Beth Israel Memorial Garden
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Record added: Oct 05, 2008
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