Dede Axthelm (nee Siegel), 69, of South Russell, passed away Nov. 10, 2021.

Born June 7, 1952, in Cleveland to Melvina and Sidney Siegel (both now deceased), Dede graduated from Cleveland Heights High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and a M.Ed degree from Cleveland State University. Dede worked at Mt. Sinai Hospital as the assistant director of medical records. She was also a professor of health information management at Cuyahoga Community College. A member of Temple Israel, Dede was also a board member of TRIO Greater Cleveland, serving as treasurer.

A lover of needlepoint, knitting and crossword puzzles, Dede touched a lot of lives. Her family couldn’t go anywhere without running into someone she knew from her work or volunteer work. Every trip took twice as long after catching up with everyone she’d run into.

Dede is survived by her husband of 47 years, Karl Axthelm; children, Seth (Beth) Axthelm of Beavercreek, Jaime Axthelm of Rocky Mount, N.C., and Brent (Melanie) Axthelm of Brooklyn, N.Y.; grandchildren, Addison, Juliet and Cole Axthelm; and sister, Marlene Norris of Easton, Mass. 

In addition to her parents Melvina and Sidney Siegel, Dede was predeceased by her brother, Bruce Siegel, formerly of Los Angeles.

Funeral services were held Nov. 15 at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel. Interment was at South Russell Cemetery.

Donations in loving memory of Dede can be made to Transplant Recipients International Organization ( or Lifebanc (

Arrangements under the direction of Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel.