Sandra K. Biedermann, age 49, passed away on March 27, 2014 at the Wexner Heritage Village, Zusman Hospice, Columbus, Ohio.
Sandi was born in Ravenna, OH on June 19, 1964, the daughter of Roy and Eleanor (Riggenbach) Schindler. She graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School and the University of Akron, where she earned a B.S. in accounting. As a CPA, Sandi worked across the country - living in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Alabama, and Ohio while working for Dairy Mart, Books-a-Million, Cotelligent, Answerthink, and The Revere Group. Throughout her career Sandi built many lasting friendships and earned the deep respect of her peers.
Sandi loved to travel, beginning with childhood camping vacations in which the family took to the road for weeks each summer to explore a different part of the country. She was thrilled to have visited all 50 states, but her favorite sites were Yellowstone and Teton National Parks with their great variety of wildlife and natural wonders. In more recent years she took to the sea, cruising the Caribbean and swimming with dolphins and sea turtles. Sandi shared her love of adventure and learning with her granddaughter and nephews, planning trips to farm camp, sports games, amusement parks, and other creative destinations.
In addition to reading, gardening, bird watching, and sewing, Sandi's hobbies included participating in dog shows and field events with her Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Frisco and Karri. Determined to succeed in everything she undertook, Sandi showed her Ridgebacks to their AKC conformation and field championships. She also supported dog rescue efforts - adopting her mixed breed dogs, Phoebe and Roxie, from a shelter and serving as an officer of Ridgeback Trust Inc., a group that rescues dogs from indiscriminate breeding and poor living conditions.
Along with her parents, Sandi is survived by her husband of 22 years, Rick J. Biedermann; stepdaughter Kim (Nick) Miklusak; granddaughter Elena Miklusak; and siblings Janice (James Horvat) Schindler-Horvat, Mel (Natalie) Schindler, and David (Jo Anne) Schindler. She enjoyed the love and times shared with her many close relatives, nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Memorial services will be held at 2 pm Saturday April 12th at the United Methodist Church of Kent (1435 E. Main Street, Kent, Ohio 44240), followed by a gathering of family and friends in the Fellowship Hall at 3 pm.
Sandi was a passionate supporter of the James Cancer Hospital's research on soft tissue sarcomas - a relatively rare and understudied cancer - with the goal to help others beat this serious disease. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made in her name to the 'Steps for Sarcoma Cancer Research Fund' at 'www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/sandi-biedermann/2014-5th-annual-steps-for-sarcoma-5k', or a check payable to: 'The OhioJames Cancer Hospital', c/o The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Steps for Sarcoma Event (Team Sandi Biedermann), Attn: Martha Crist, 725 Prior Hall, 376 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210.
To the Family of Sandi,
I was on the RTI Board with Sandi for many years and her passing is of great saddness. Sandi was one of the hardest working, lovely, sincere, and compassionate people I have ever met. She never missed a step when it came to saving a ridgeback. It's difficult to find such a person in this world and losing Sandi is a huge loss to all of us. I will never forget her and am so very thankful I had the chance to know her. I just can not tell you how much she meant to saving dogs. Words just can't do justice. Thank you for sharing Sandi with us. A wonderful person to have known. She will be missed very much. My sympathy and heart goes out to each of you.
Dear Roy, Eleanor, Janice, Mel, David, and families,
Our hearts go out to you all at this time. What a beautiful person Sandra must have been. I am sorry we did not know her better. My childhood memories of all of you are from a long time ago. I am not even sure Sandra was born yet. I do however remember her wonderful smile as we would meet in Sardis when she came to visit the farm and her grandparents. We are thankful she is no longer in pain. What a release for her. May God be with you at this time and as time heals may the memories of Sandra be those of joyful and happy ones. Speak of her often and keep her legacy alive. Love, Bart and Joyce Wiggins
Sandra will be greatly missed by my family and she gave it a hard fight with no complaints. Her tenacity, positive attitude and perseverance through this ordeal is an inspiration to me. To all that supported her and our family you are very much appreciated. Mel Schindler