You are currently on the St John of God Foundation website. Go to St John of God Health Care

St John of God Foundation and St John of God Health Care were deeply saddened by the recent passing of a compassionate and inspiring man, Siegfried (Siggi) Westerfeld.


Siegfried and Gudrun Westerfelfat St John of God Murdoch Hospital

Siggi passed away on Saturday 20 March 2021 at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, surrounded by his wife Gudrun, family and friends.

Siggi began attending the Cancer Centre at St John of God Murdoch Hospital in 2017. During this time he and Gudrun became significant contributors to supporting improved health outcomes for all cancer patients at the Hospital, including providing vital support to the Oncology Clinical Trials unit to find new and more effective treatments for cancer.

Originally from Germany, Siegfried and Gudrun wanted to give back to the community in a way that was personal and meaningful to them. Siggi firmly believed in philanthropy as a way of enhancing the wellbeing of others. "The people of Australia have looked after us so well," he once said.

A man of generous spirit and heart, to know and spend time with Siggi was a privilege. St John of God Foundation CEO, Bianca Pietralla, said “Siggi was a beloved husband and father, a loyal friend and a highly astute businessman. He cared about the community in which he lived, had a big heart and a humble nature. His philanthropy was a true act of kindness and about making a difference for others. Siggi leaves a legacy to support better health outcomes for future generations, and I feel blessed to have known him.”

Our thoughts are with Gudrun, Daniel, Cassandra and all of Siggi’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Your kindness makes a real difference, now and into the future.

Donate now