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 Ohio James 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.