Emalene Siegel (d.1990) grew up in Homestead, Pa., one of five children of immigrant parents who at first made cigars and later ran a candy store. She was the only child to attend college, earning a one-year teaching certificate from the University of Pittsburgh.
Beginning in 1913, she taught for two years in Crafton, Pa., before transferring to the Homeville School, in what is now West Mifflin, where she taught until 1916.
She married Nicolas Friedman. They had three children, Ruth, Milton and Lee.