Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Connecticut, Mrs. Sirota graduated from The Teacher College of Connecticut and taught in a two-room schoolhouse until moving to Tucson in 1947. She earned master’s degrees in education and art history at the University of Arizona and taught in the Tucson Unified School District and Sahuarita. After traveling extensively around the world, she and her husband settled in Green Valley in 1976. They helped create the Jewish Friendship Club which evolved into Beth Shalom Temple Center and just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Mrs. Sirota was the state president of the American Association of University Women, a lifetime member of Hadassah, a Rotarian and a member of the Interfaith Council.
Mrs. Sirota was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, David. Survivors include her children, Zandra, Barbra, Debra and David; four grandchildren and three great-granchildren.