September 05, 1966 ‒ December 06, 2016
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.
The Bellville Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Sigrid’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass….it’s about learning to dance in the rain. So keep calm, and ride it like you stole it!
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