Friends and loved ones from Royal Oak, Novi and other communities mourned the deaths of Jordan and Ashley Siegel at their funeral Tuesday afternoon.
Jordan, 14, and his sister, Ashley, 11, when the SUV driven by their stepmother, Dawn Siegel, rolled several times along southbound U.S. 23 in Pittsfield Township shortly before 3 p.m., according to Michigan State Police.
The service for the siblings was held at noon at the in Farmington Hills. Friends described the service as very moving, with light moments of humor as memories of the two children were shared.
Marc Siegel, of Novi, gave brief remarks, capturing the beauty of the lives of his son and daughter. "It was very touching," said Robin Newsome, general manager of the Chargers Cheer prorgram.
The siblings were a part of the Royal Oak Chargers Football and Cheer family. Ashley, a sixth-grader, was a cheerleader, and Jordan, who just completed eighth grade, was the team's quarterback a few years ago.
"It was very moving to see how many people were there," Newsome said. "Jordan's Novi baseball team was there in their jerseys and so were the boys on the lacrosse team. I also saw kids on Ashley's soccer team (Royal Oak Youth Soccer Association) and several Charger cheerleaders were there, too."
Rabbi Joshua L. Bennett did an excellent job, Newsome said, especially for the number of children who were in attendance.
"The rabbi described Jordan as a quiet leader who was extremely athletic and caring," Newsome said. "And Ashley, well, she was extremely outgoing. She knew everyone and everyone knew her. She was very bubbly and smiley."
The siblings were extremely close, Newsome said. They are survived by Christie Siegel, of Royal Oak, Marc and Dawn Siegel, of Novi, and siblings Erica Fox, Christopher Fox, Madisyn Owens and Brooklynn Siegel.
Jordan and Ashley split their time between Novi with their father and Royal Oak with their mother, where they attended school.