Sigrid Sackman

September 05, 1966 ‒ December 06, 2016

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.  Sigrid Sackman had the heart of a lion.  Her positivity and courageous spirit refused to accept cancers defeat.  For 20 years, Sigrid lived with ovarian cancer.  In the midst of her cancer diagnosis, treatments, and remissions, she chose life in abundance.  A motorcyclist, world traveler, and cook, Sigrid was energetic and full of life.

No longer bound by her earthly body, Sigrid passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016 in Mansfield Ohio Health Hospital surrounded by her family. She was 50.

Sigrid was born September 5, 1966 to parents John & Hanne (Sorvin) Stombaugh in Heidelberg, Germany, and was graduated from London High School.  Sigrid worked for Worthington Industries as a liaison for steel sales.

On July 4, 2009, she married Martin Sackman at Niagra Falls. The two shared a love as motorcyclists.  While riding their BMW motorcycles, Sigrid and Martin commenced their marriage by cruising through five Canadian Provinces. Over the years they rode across the continental United States.  She also rode throughout Mexico and Europe.  This past August Sigrid, along with her close friend Sibley Poland, rode 3500 miles to Pikes Peak!

While recovering from chemotherapy treatments, Sigrid refined her cooking techniques by studying new dishes made from her favorite Food Network shows.  Recently she cooked flavorful and spicy Asian, Korean, and Thai cuisines made with fresh ingredients.

She established the ovarian cancer support group at Riverside Hospital which is still active today. Sigrid simply refused to let cancer dictate her attitude and life experiences.

She is survived by her husband Martin Sackman of Butler, Ohio; father and step-mother John (Karen) Stombaugh of London, Ohio; uncle Johnny Sorvin of Denmark and aunt Phyllis (Owen) Burks of Tiffin, Ohio; as well as numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother Hanne (Sorvin) Stombaugh.

A memorial celebration will be held at a later date.

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  • Marty,
    I still remember the sparkle in your eye when we ran into you and Sigrid in JoAnn Fabrics and you introduced the Love of your life to me. You could feel your love for each other radiate just by being near you two. I was so happy you had found your soul partner…
    Looks like you guys lived to the fullest while you were together, I wish you peace my friend and only the best for you. I have always admired what a genuinely good person you were whenever I first met you at GM. I always thought, “what a good catch” for whomever you chose to go through life with. I have only great thoughts of you while we worked on TP20.
    Take Care My Friend and Peace Be With You as you go through this difficult time in your life. Love & Hugs to you….

  • I am so sorry to hear of her death. I looked forward to seeing her at all of our gatherings. Her uplifting spirit was very contagious. She was a joy to be around.

  • I am so sad to hear of her death. She was always a bright spot in my day and I am very glad to have had her as a friend. I hope Marty and family can find peace in the memories of her during this trying time.

  • I met Sigrid and Sibley at Scotts Ferry FL a few years ago, a PRI MC rally. I always remember and will always remember sitting with Sigrid on a bench on the pavilion and telling motorcycle stories. Particularly their adventurous journey to Florida from Ohio in the later part of November. She is a great lady and will be missed by MANY people, her friends and relatives and especially Marty. So hang in there Marty, you certainly have great memories that will live with you forever. RIP and ride far Sigrid.
    🙁 and feeling blessed for meeting Sigrid.

  • I met Signed last summer at the GS Giants rally and then on to the MOA rally. I feel like I have known her for years.She was one of a kind. Sig is riding with the Angels now. God bless Sig and Marty.

  • Marty I am so sorry to hear of Sigrid’s death . She was the most positive and happy person I have every met. When I met her the first time it was like I had known her for years. She will be missed by me and the rest of the group that goes to Mid Ohio. I have great memories of you and her out there. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Sigrid not only formed a support group, she was one to me. We met briefly when I moved from PA to Columbus to work. Her energy was incredible. My own Mom suffered from a form of cancer for many years as well, and Sigrid would ask about her when she saw me. She checked in once in a while after we did not get to cross paths daily as well.

    I told her that she was an inspiration, and I meant every word. Watching her go through chemo, then hopping on the bike and leaving is something that takes an incredible amount of will power, strength, courage, and determination. She was certainly full of all of those and many more wonderful things.

    My condolences go to her family and friends. Know that when God finally calls you home, you are at peace. All the pain and suffering are gone. Still here, though, are the memories of her wonderful life, shared by so many of us that she touched in some way.

    God Bless

  • Marty,
    What a beautiful tribute to Sigrid. I am so sorry for your loss. I never met your wife but I felt as though I knew her from all your post/pictures.
    Thinking of you during this difficult time.
    With love & prayer.
    Lori Miller

  • To one of the funniest, most genuine, and singular women I have ever had the honor of caring for. I am grateful for those days, and for you. Marty, I’ll be thinking of you both for a long time.

    Much love,
    Sarah Szczepanik RN, (OG)

  • I only had the opportunity to meet her once for a brief time at our PRI rally a few years back. I was amazed at the journey in the cold they took to come be with us. I am keeping Sig’s family and friends in my thoughts during this time of mourning. May the wonderful times you had together bring a smile to your face.

  • Sigrid and Marty, in our hearts always. Their devotion and determination is a beacon. She will be so missed. Marty, John, Karen, family and her very close friends are in our thoughts at this difficult time. Pete & Pat Barnes

  • Marty, John, Karen: I’m thinking of you at this difficult time. We will all miss Sigrid, but you most of all. Al Holtsberry

  • Sigrid is and will continue to be quite the inspiration for us all. We should all learn how to live and enjoy every moment as she did. I have never met someone so strong and such a fighter. Sigrid taught us all something…. every breath counts.

  • What a beautiful and adventurous life Sigrid lead. Let’s celebrate the life of this courageous woman who has shown use all how life should be lived. She was my hero. Screw cancer and keep riding bikes!

    Our thoughts are with the Marty and her family

  • I first met Sigrid at the BMWRA winter campout at Marietta in January, 2015. I felt an immediate kinship because I had lost my wife and best friend two months earlier to the same terrible disease after her four year battle. We met again, same place the following year and also ran into her a couple of times at the Iron Pony. Her spirit, enthusiasm, strength and most of all, smile was always a true inspiration.
    She will be missed so dearly by so many and the pain of her loss, I know is unbearable to those closest to her. God bless you Sigrid for being you.

  • It was a chance encounter. We were at Roush Honda inWesterville getting our car serviced. Just in casual conversation with another patron, we mentioned that we were from Mansfield area and another said they were from this area, and then Sigrid said they were from Butler! We had an amazing conversation and heard of the trip that stared out in below freezing weather and a few of her other adventures. She was a very interesting person to talk with and to listen to. It was easy to see she was going through some tough personal times. This was only a few months ago and yet she never let her suffering come to the surface. What a strong and amazing person she was!

    Marty, although we didn’t get to talk much with you that day I know you have suffered a great loss. She was a very special person. God bless you at this sad time of your life and always.

    Jim and Sandy

  • I never had the pleasure to meet Sigrid but it had always been clear from the posts on Facebook that she was a brilliant beacon of light and a truly beautiful soul. I have known Marty for many, many years and knowing that he is such a genuinely good and kind person, I know that Sigrid must have been that much more amazing. Marty, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in these hard times. It’s clear that Sigrid’s spirit will live on and I hope that will help you to carry on, my friend.
    Sending lots of love and hugs from Texas,

  • Marty, I am so sorry to hear about Sigrid. I know that loosing a loved one is hard to accept, but a soulmate and friend like Sigrid is much harder. Marty, I am available any time you would like to talk. I am here as a friend and I will always consider you as a good friend and a great person. God Bless, Gary Martin

  • God speed Sig! I am fortunate to have known you through my daughter Sibley. The only thing we all get to take with us are the pictures of our friends and Important events both sad and joyful. I have lots of pictures and am glad I got to add you to my “album”.

  • Bumped into Sigrid many times at various rallies throughout the years, she always had time to stop and say hello . I sometimes wonder how she would remember us but she never failed to make sure she welcomed us !

    Rest in Peace and God Bless you Segrid.

    Larry Ward
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