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February 08, 2019

Remembering Those We've Lost

United Way of Greater Cincinnati would like to pay respects to the memories of the following longtime volunteers and friends of the organization who passed away recently:

Shannon Martini King passed away January 2, 2019.  Shannon worked for the contract company that cleans our main office.  She was usually sitting at the front desk as we left work in the evening, or quietly working her way through the floors of our building.  Though shy, Shannon was happy to engage in conversation and would often end with “Have a good night!”.   Many of us had the opportunity to get to know and appreciate her kind and thoughtful spirit. 

Donald Charles Siekmann passed away on November 14, 2018. Don was the managing partner of Arthur Andersen & Co. and chaired the 1992 United Way campaign, which raised $42.7 million for the Greater Cincinnati community. Don served as the President of the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall. He also served on the board of many Cincinnati arts organizations. 

James Rogers passed away on December 17, 2018. Jim was president & CEO of Duke Energy following its 2006 merger with the Cinergy Corporation. He chaired the 1997 United Way campaign which raised, at that time, a record-breaking $52,009,020 for the Greater Cincinnati community. After retiring from Duke Energy in 2013, Jim devoted much of his attention to how rural people in low-income nations could gain access to clean, sustainable energy. 

Karen Bell passed away on November 22, 2018. Karen was a 40-year marketing and communications professional, working at local agencies Sive/Young & Rubicam and Powers Agency, as well as St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Karen was the primary pro-bono agency contact for three record-setting United Way campaigns and a United Way marketing cabinet member for 20 years. Twice-named Marketing Volunteer of the Year, Karen was one of the 100 Heroes honored at United Way’s Centennial Celebration in 2015. 

Warren Falberg passed away on November 10, 2018. Warren served as president & CEO of the Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati from 1976 to 1998 before going on to serve as president & CEO of United Way partner agency Visiting Nurses Association of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. He taught at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, the Wharton School of Business at Pennsylvania University and Northern Kentucky University providing mentoring and knowledge to students going into hospital administration. 

Martha Dorsey passed away on November 22, 2018. She worked for Clermont County Human Services from 1967 to 1985 and became the Director of Human Services for the county. Martha became the first female commissioner of Clermont County and served in that leadership role for four consecutive terms from 1987 to 2002. She was a longtime United Way volunteer serving various roles in Clermont County. 

Ralph Holt passed away on November 24, 2018. Ralph was director of consumer research at Federated Department Stores and later vice president of advertising for Lazarus Department stores. He was a longtime, active volunteer in many roles for United Way.