Siegmund Halpern

Siegmund Halpern, 96, passed away on August 1,2016 in Kansas City, Mo. 

He was born in 1919 in Vienna, Austria and, escaping the Holocaust in 1940, followed his childhood sweetheart Helene Waltuch to St. Louis where they married in 1941. They had a wonderful marriage, supporting and enjoying each other for 62 years until her death in 2003. 

A successful business man and community leader, Sig was a founder and president of Modern jacket Co which became part of MJ Industries before he retired in 1986.    He was a President of the St Louis Jewish Federation, a member of the board of the Jewish Hospital and the St Louis Jewish Light .  He was honored as a Leader by the National Conference of Christians and Jews .    He believed in tikun olam.

Sig was an active member of Congregation Bnai Amoona for 65 years .   

Sig was preceded in death by his parents Majur Halpern and Debora Halpern . 

He is survived by his brother Ernst Halpern (Fredy) of New York, two daughters   Gerry Trilling  (Howard) of Kansas City, Missouri and Karen Techner (late Charlie Silverman) of Boulder, Colorado, three grandchildren, Micah Trilling ( Ortal  Kirson),  Abby Trilling  and Sara Trilling  (Matt Sosnow), and four great grandchildren, Harvest Coleman, Josephine and Audrey Trilling and Helene Sosnow  and extraordinary caregiver Carolyn Graves.

He was a wonderful husband, father, Zayde and friend, bringing wisdom, joy and laughter into the world. 

Funeral service will be held at Berger Memorial Chapel, 9430 Olive Blvd. at 4:00 PM August 4th with burial following at Bnai Amoona Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be directed to St Louis Jewish Federation or Congregation  B’nai Amoona.  Please visit for more information.