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Obituary for Mayo Harris Stiegler

Stiegler Funeral

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Mayo (“Mickey”) Harris Stiegler, (z”l), passed away peacefully on June 1, 2023, at The Vi La Jolla several days short of his 96th birthday.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday 4 June, at 2p.m. at El Camino Memorial Park at 5600 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92121. To receive the link for service streaming, email with the subject "Mayo Stiegler Stream" and we will send it to you before the service."

Mickey is survived by his wife of 69 years, Sheree Stiegler, his brother Farrell, sons Ben (Barbara) and Tony (Ione) and his grandchildren Ari, Risa, Cara, and Noah, and 5 nephews & nieces.

Mickey was born on June 10, 1927, in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Rose and Ben Stiegler. He grew up in the Minneapolis Jewish northside community, attending public school and the Talmud Torah synagogue. He served in the U.S. Air Force at the end of World War II following High School, and then earned his college degree and law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1950.

Mickey and the former Sheree Taffel were introduced through the Twin Cities Jewish social network and were married on August 9, 1953. Their first son, Benjamin Ira Stiegler, arrived on December 27, 1955, and their second son, Anthony Michael Stiegler, arrived on their seventh anniversary on August 9, 1960. The family moved to Evanston, Illinois in 1961.

Mickey was the third son of emigrant parents from Latvia and England. His father supported the family as a tailor and the family worked hard, saved, and made ends meet, enabling all three brothers to attend college and obtain advanced degrees in medicine and law. Mickey developed a strong sense of fairness and justice, spending most of his legal career representing indigent clients and in leadership positions with the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis and then with the National Legal Aid and Defender’s Association in the Chicago headquarters. He subsequently accepted a leadership position with the American Judicature Society, working to improve the judicial candidate selection processes and training new judges, finishing his career with the Social Security Administration.

In his young adult years Mickey might have pursued a career in landscape architecture but his passion was interrupted by his military service and the need to tend to his aging parents. However, nature and gardening remained his passions, from rose and vegetable gardens to becoming a beloved docent at Torrey Pines State Beach Park and volunteering at the San Diego Quail Botanical Gardens. Mickey was always happiest outdoors, with his hands full of soil or beach sand. His retirement “office” was in his folding lounge at the beach, with lunch and something to read.

Mickey also had an artistic soul. He painted with oils before Ben and Tony came along, took up stained glass work, collected ink wells, and in retirement learned to play the piano. Mickey loved road trips with his family, biking after dinner around Evanston, and good comedies like The Carol Burnett Show, the Smothers Brothers and All in the Family. Above all Grandpa Mickey loved his family and grandchildren and will be remembered for the time he invested and spent with them.

The Stiegler family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful staff at The Vi La Jolla, Mickey’s medical team and many caregivers from Home Care Assistance including, Sharon, Tara, Catherine, Jackie, Stella, Vivian and Ruquiya, as well as the comforting team from Life Bridge Hospice for their kindness, extraordinary care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Torrey Pines Conservancy, the San Diego Botanical Gardens, or The Legal Aid Society of San Diego.

Our congregational family shares in the sorrow of the passing of Mayo Stiegler (z”l), and we extend our hearts and hands to his family and friends. We join in the traditional prayer that God comfort the Stiegler family along with all who mourn.

Zichrono Livracha. May his memory be a blessing.