Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Elle Taylor Seiden

November 12, 2002 - July 22, 2018


Date and Time

Friday, July 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM


Temple Jeremiah
937 Happ Road
Northfield, Illinois 60093


Rabbi Paul F. Cohen
Rabbi Rachel Heaps
Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman
Temple Jeremiah

Interment - Private


Seiden Residence
1775 Lawrence Lane
Highland Park, Illinois 60035

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Immediately following the service and into the evening

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Memorial Contributions

Human Rights Campaign
True Colors Fund
Burning Limb Foundation


Elle Taylor Seiden, age 15

Beloved daughter of Vanessa and Jason. Loving sister of Jaz. Cherished granddaughter of Ed (Brigitte) Ruda, Bobbie Ruda, and Glenn (Jo) Seiden. Service Friday 10AM at Temple Jeremiah, 937 Happ Road, Northfield, IL 60093. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Human Rights Campaign,, True Colors Fund, or Burning Limb Foundation, Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Andrea Siegman

By deepest sympathies to you. Please know you are in my thoughts and heart.

Phyllis Burks

I knew Elle when she attended SAA. From the first time I met her when she was shadowing for the day, to the last time I saw her on graduation night, every time I talked to her was so special. Although I am an administrator and was not Elleâ??s teacher, I found Elle to be personable, funny, sweet and genuine. I imagine that Elle affected many people in the same way, and hopefully you can find comfort in knowing that her spirit will live on in everyone whose life she touched.

Catherine May Katauskas

Elle was a comet, burning brightly as she flew through the universe. She was genuinely one of the truest people I ever met. Iâ??m honored to have been a part of her life. She will live in my heart forever.

Dawn Rochlen

My heart breaks knowing this amazing girl has left us. I knew her from SAA and was immediately struck by how she was so at ease being herself. So much so, that I reached out to her mom to tell her how impressed I was by Elleâ??s mature and self assured nature. She simply had an amazing energy and was just so real and genuine. My daughter was proud to call Elle a friend and proud that Elle trusted her enough to came out to her so early on, which in turn helped my daughter come out a few years later. We have thought and spoken of Elle often, warmly, wishing we could reconnect and hoping she wasnâ??t suffering. To her parents and loved ones, please accept our deepest sympathies.

Sydney Siegel

Elle is amazing. She is so loved. Elle is everything a teacher could ask for in a student. She is so loved. Elle is a champion of social justice. She is so loved. Elle is everything that is good in this world. She is so loved. Elle is eternal. She is so loved.

Scott Shallenbarger

Dear Vanessa, Jason, beloved grandparents, and all Seiden family members who have touched my life so deeply,
I feel blessed to have been Elle's teacher. We laughed often together--deep, belly laughs--ignited by her blazing wit; we marveled at the universe together and shared philosophical beliefs; Elle's charisma enlivened the hearts and minds of her classmates (they were often hypnotized by her wisdom); and I found daily inspiration in her courageous demand for social justice. Elle touched many lives in meaningful ways. What a powerful and precious soul.
I regret I cannot attend Friday as I'll be out-of-state. But I will be there in spirit offering you all a tsunami of love,

Paul Winum

Dear Vanessa and family,
I was so saddened to here of your daughter's passing. I'm sorry I never got to meet her but from what you shared, I was deeply touched and inspired by the courage she must have had to endure such relentless pain over the last few years. Your fortitude, perseverance and devotion to Elle has also been inspirational to me. My thoughts and heart are with you all during this time of loss but know that Elle's memory will bring us all strength and comfort as we face the challenges life will present to each of us.

David Astorino

Dear Vanessa and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. While many of us have shared some part of this journey with you , Vanessa, we have only been witnessses to your path, often feeling the range of emotions but knowing we were only visitors to the reality that you were courageously living through with Elle and your family. Our hearts are with you.

Christine, Howie, Emma and Bridgit Hill

Dear Vanessa, Jaz, Jason and Family
We are so very saddened to learn about the loss of your precious Elle. She was such a fun, bright and loving girl. Her passion for supporting those in need and her gentle soul were always so remarkable to us. We have many fond memories of times spent with her, visiting our farm, having play dates at our house , and constructing snow forts. She was truly a beautiful person in every way. Our deepest sympathy and love go out to all of you.

Emma Hill

Dear Seiden Family,
It's truly a shame that this world has lost such a kind, loving, and pure soul. I can honestly say that Elle touched my life in more ways than one as a kid, and I was lucky to be able to call her my best friend. I remember when we used to film a bunch of silly videos every day. We even had our own name for them, which was M & L. But my most fondest memory of Elle is the letters she would write me, saying how much she loved me and how thankful she was that we were friends. Those letters have sincerely touched my heart and I will always keep them with me. Words cannot describe how much I will miss her. I know she is in a better place, but THIS place was better with her in it. All my love and prayers are with you.

Frances Reinhardt

As a parent, I cannot imagine the loss of any child. We wish the family and friends of Elle our most heartfelt sympathies. Elle was an amazing student and just an amazing young lady. She inspired those around her in most impact full ways. She is a burning light which shall never be extinguished since she is in the hearts of so may.

Orla Leonard

Dear Vanessa and family, I was so saddened to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers - now and always. Orla and family

Alma-Marie Graf

Dear Vanessa, Jason, friends, and family our deepest sorrow is with all of you at the untimely passing of Elle, who was truly an amazing spirit and ray of light. In the short that we knew her, she made an impact on us that has reverberated through Peter's life from their interaction. They both were able to give and receive the lessons of compassion and friendship pure love-- with each other. Vanessa I meant it sincerely when I told you and Elle that she had affected him. But, she wrote on my slate when she came to my lecture on the African American experience-- she smiled such a look of support that she forever stole a place into me heart. Her soul is free now from the pains of this world and her achievements are immeasurable as she takes her place with the eternals. Peter is away from home now, but when he returns I will quietly explain that he now has a special angel watching over him where ever he goes. Alma-Marie, John, and Peter Graf

Cathy Lortz

ear Vanessa and family - Though I have never met your daughter, from reading through others condolences, I get the sense that Elle had such an inspiring impact on the people whose hearts she graced her touch with. May the beautiful memories she created live on forever in your hearts. My thoughts, love and prayers are with you.

Deb Rubin

Dear Vanessa and family,
I have only known Elle through Vanessa's words, but I know how deeply she was loved. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tim Costello

Elle gifted all of us with her smile, wit and positivity. Elle and I started our time at SAA together, and she made our school a better place. I was so proud of her as she received her diploma on graduation day. Elle, you are an inspiration and shining light. You will live in our hearts forever.

Jennifer Raeder

Dear Vanessa and family,
I was so sorry to hear of Elle's passing. While I never had the opportunity to meet her, from what you shared, I know she was an amazing child and courageous fighter. I have been inspired by your strength and fortitude through this journey. My thoughts and heart are with you all during this time of loss.

Elise Lipezker

My daughter, Elise, was a classmate of Elle's - they were in acting class together. Elise is out of the country and could not be there Friday. She texted me right away to tell me about Elle's passing. She was upset, saying how Elle was in her class, and although she wasn't always at school because she was sick, when she was there, she was funny and kind. "Mom, she made me laugh." I know that Elle impacted my daughter's life in a positive way, and for that, thank you. She was clearly a kind spirit and a beautiful person. Peace to her, and peace to all of you. May her memories hug you tight.
The Lipezker Family

Karen Wehner

As we were driving to Elle's service on Friday, the song "Heroes" by David Bowie came on the radio. Mark said, "Elle and I both liked David Bowie. He was the one singer that Elle, Miss Katauskas and I could agree was awesome." I said, "It's a good song for today. She was a hero." He said, "She was." And then..."Elle reminds me of Queen. She was complex. She was progressive. She always knew when to be overly intelligent, and when to dial it back and have fun. Much like Freddie Mercury, even when she was in so much pain, her creative spirit never waned. It was powerful. And inspiring."
We will carry her in our hearts forever.

Kamal Julka

We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. May your memories and our prayers give you peace and comfort - Julka family, SAA


Dear Vanessa, all my prayers are with you, Elle and your family. There are no words that could comfort anyone when you have a loss. Only time and wisdom helps us to find resignation, acceptance, and peace in our hearts. Best, Ernesto Sanchez & Family.

Carol Surface

Dear Vanessa and Family:
On behalf of the entire Medtronic family, please accept our deepest condolences. There are no words to offer that will ease your grief in the face of this devastating loss. Just know that we are thinking of you. In time, our hope is that you will find peace and comfort in the many memories that you hold near and dear to your heart.
With deepest sympathy, Carol Surface

David Cumberbatch

Dear Vanessa and Family. So sorry for your loss. Sending you love and strength from the Cumberbatch Family.
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