Elizabeth Rue Siegel passed away peacefully on July 12, 2020 in Harwich, MA, following a long illness.
Rue, 82, was born in Massachusetts on July 7, 1938. She was the daughter of Harrison and Elizabeth Reinke and the sister of Peter Reinke. She grew up in Southborough, MA on the campus of Fay School where her father was headmaster.
Rue attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick where she studied piano and voice. She graduated from Vassar College in 1959 with a B.A. in English. Rue started her career as a school music teacher and later became a private piano instructor in Norton, Massachusetts where she raised her family. She was an avid member of the Neponset Choral Society and acted in many musicals and plays. She also was the choir director at St. John’s Episcopal in Mansfield, MA and St. Mark’s Episcopal in Foxborough, MA. Over the years, Rue taught hundreds of students, sharing her love for music as well as her kindness and mentorship.
She retired to Harwich, MA with her late husband. She was a devout member of Christ Church in Harwich Port, MA where she spent many hours with her friends participating in church choir and volunteer work. She was also an active member of the Mid Cape Chorus.
Rue is survived by her brother, Peter, and her three children, Linda, Leslie, and Mary, and four grandchildren, Will, Sam, Nick, and Ally. She was also a loving wife to late husband, Carl, and mother to late son, Adam. Rue will always be remembered for her wit, intelligence, generosity, and unwavering devotion to family, friends, music, and teaching.
A private memorial service is planned for August 8 at Christ Church Episcopal, Harwich Port MA. Donations in Rue’s memory may be made to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod (https://www.thefamilypantry.com/) or Christ Church Episcopal (https://christepiscopalharwich.org/).