Lee was born in Appleton, WI to Faye and Abe Sigman. Her mother – a community activist and founder and principal of the Sunday School – and father – a respected attorney – raised Lee to value learning and to look out for others, principles that guided her entire life.
Lee attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she met her future husband, Blair “Bud” Temkin. She quit school when the two moved to Milwaukee after Bud finished his master’s degree and they were expecting their first of four children. When the children were young, Lee threw herself into leadership positions in the PTA and Temple Sisterhood. As the oldest entered middle school, she returned to school at UWM to finish her bachelor’s degree in sociology.
One of Lee’s volunteer positions, teaching reading to functionally illiterate adults, led to a long and fulfilling career as a reading teacher at Milwaukee Area Technical College. While teaching full-time, and with all four children still at home, she returned to school for a master’s degree in Administrative Leadership/Adult Education at UWM and then a doctorate in education from Nova University. For many years, Lee served as a cluster coordinator for Nova’s distance learning doctoral program, helping other doctoral students earn their degree.
Throughout their years together, Lee and Bud pursued their passions. They split their time between Milwaukee, WI and Boca Raton, FL, eventually becoming FL residents, but never giving up the octagonal home in Milwaukee that they designed and built.
Lee’s zest for life was seen in her love of her family, her eternal optimism, her generosity to family, friends and causes, the classes she was always taking, the multitude of muscle cars that she drove over the years, and her wild and whimsical chair collection.
She will be sorely missed by her children Terrie, Mark (Leslie), Larry (Meg), and Ron (Maria) Temkin; her grandchildren Jon (Masha) Librach, Susanna (Curt Harting) Temkin, Daniel (Qing Jiang) Temkin, Teresa Temkin, Andrea (Jason Yu) Temkin, and Becky (Jeff Shipan) Temkin; her great-grandchildren Sydney and Taylor Librach; her sister, Myra Taxman; her brothers-in-law, Bob Temkin and Royal Taxman; her sisters-in-law Libby and Leah Temkin; and her nieces and nephews, Jeff (Karine Moreno)Taxman, Gary (Marcie) Taxman, Andrea Taxman, Kim (Rich Taylor) Temkin Taylor, Todd (Pilar) Temkin, Jill Temkin, Wendi (Vic Babbitt) Temkin, Gregg (Cathy) Temkin; and her many, many friends.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 9th at 11:00 AM at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, 2020 West Brown Deer Road, River Hills. She will be buried following the funeral service at Spring Hill Cemetery, 166 South Hawley Court, Milwaukee, next to her beloved Bud.
In lieu of flowers or food, memorial contributions to The Leah Temkin Adult Education Scholarship Fund at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, https://givetouwm.uwmfdn.org; The Blair H. and Leah D. Scholarship Fund at University of Wisconsin-Madison, http://supportuw.org/giveto/education [Fund 12811501]; or The Ellen Applebaum Temkin Math Scholarship Fund, c/o Riezman & Berger, 7th Floor, 7700 Bonhomme, Clayton, MO 63105, appreciated.
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