Sigrid Menard Obituary (1945 – 2022) – Carmichael, CA

Sigrid Menard
January 1, 1945 – March 1, 2022
Carmichael, California – SIGRID ANNE KLASSY MENARD After a long, full, and eventful life, Sigrid Menard, 77, passed away peacefully at home in Carmichael following a difficult struggle with myriad health challenges, with her steadfast and loyal husband, Paul Menard, at her side.
She was born on the first day of 1945 in San Diego, California to Elaine Ruth and Cmdr. Raymond Leo Klassy (USN). As a military family, they moved and traveled the US and beyond for seventeen years with their four children, Michele Klassy of Chico, Sigrid (Paul) of Carmichael, Sandra Klassy (Gary) of San Antonio, and Thomas of San Francisco. After Commander Klassy’s sudden death in 1958, Elaine and her children de ella settled in Chico, near where Ray had acquired twenty acres of land, his retirement parcel de el, in Paradise.
Sigrid was an adventurous young woman. She worked at the Seattle World’s Fair in the summer of 1962. During her brief early marriage to Mike Calkins, Sigrid lived in Montana, and worked for Ma Bell. Next, she lived at Lake Tahoe, working at the casinos and then spent a couple of ski seasons at Mammoth Mountain.
Sigrid joined Continental Airlines in 1966 and worked as a flight attendant for 17 years ending in 1983 after a hostile takeover and the breaking of the pilots’, machinists’, and flight attendants’ unions. She refused to cross the picket line, left her job as a flight attendant, and moved to Sacramento, eventually settling in an apartment on Marconi Avenue in Carmichael.
Sigrid and Paul first met in July 1985 while Sigrid was selling IBM typewriters—the Wheelwriter and the Quietwriter were the latest thing—for Capital Office Systems and Paul was working as an architectural drafter for Leason Pomeroy Associates (LPA) at 2020 I Street in midtown Sacrament. Sigrid had carried a typewriter up the stairs to LPA’s second-floor entrance lobby next to the big architectural workroom. The lobby was separated from the workroom by a six-foot high wall with open space above it. Paul heard Sigrid’s voice from her as she spoke to our administrative assistant, Sally Rauser, about the new typewriter. Immediately captivated by her voice, Paul made up an excuse to go to the conference room located behind Sally’s desk so he could see the woman attached to this voice. Sigrid was wearing a navy blue Brioni suit—jacket over a blouse with a skirt—and matching pumps. Paul was now completely smitten. Their first date was the following Monday for lunch. Paul’s intended lunch spot was Harlow’s, but it was dark on Mondays. So, they walked down the Street to Pava’s at 25th and K and sat at the long bar that looked into the kitchen. They were married in May 1987 at the Slocum House in Fair Oaks Village.
Sigrid was unhappy in the string of sales and marketing jobs she worked after leaving the airline. She had left Chico State without completing her degree as a younger woman and was unsure of her ability to succeed in the academic environment. With a nudge and a promise of help from Paul, Sigrid bravely returned to school, determined to complete her degree. She started out at American River College (ARC) where the Director of the Learning Disabilities Program, Clare Gavin—CAS Reading, Language & Learning Disabilities, Harvard University Graduate School of Education—became a mentor and helped Sigrid discover learning styles and strategies that worked for her. She thrived in Joe Patitucci’s art classes, completed her general education requirements, and moved on to Sacramento State where she earned a BA in Psychology and an MS in Counseling. As a temporary non-normative adult, Sigrid was a straight-A student. She returned to ARC, joined the adjunct faculty as a Counselor and Professor, and helped hundreds of college students succeed. She worked there for over 20 years, retiring in 2019. During her time at ARC, Sigrid also maintained a private career counseling practice—CAREER-Q – Career Counseling & Consulting.
Sigrid loved her pets and all animals, with a special place in her heart for rabbits. She loved to walk the neighborhoods where she lived, listening to audio books, being read to by Paul, a good meal, sudoku, Scrabble, movies, ballroom dancing, and playing silly card games with her mom, sister Michele, and aunt Shirley. Some of her favorite places of her were the Hawaiian Islands, Lake Tahoe, Hope Valley, and Indian Springs in Calistoga.
Sigrid is survived by her husband of almost 35 years, Paul, her sisters Michele Klassy and Sandra Klassy, ​​her brother Thomas and nephew Jacob Rouse, her nephew Michael Coggins and grandniece Roan Chuang, her cousins ​​Linda Wray, Claudia McDermott, John Foster, Linda Larsen, Don Clewett, and her pets Rumi, a little black kitty and Juno, a white checkered lop rabbit.
Sigrid was proceeded in death by both parents, aunt Shirley and uncle Jack Foster, cousin Nancy Roberts, all of whom are buried at Arlington National Cemetery, and aunt Bonnie Lovejoy.
Special thanks to the nursing and medical staffs at Kaiser Morse, the location of Sigrid’s final hospital stay. In a wonderful full circle moment, Sigrid was lovingly cared for by a nurse named Ace, whom she recognized as a former student at American River College. We are grateful to Dr. Max Stephenson on the palliative care team who guided us gently and wisely towards home hospice.
After a magically meaningful 2-day home wake guided by Heidi Boucher, Sigrid’s earthly body was cremated and per her wishes the ashes will be scattered in a peaceful meadow near Lake Tahoe. There will be a Celebration of Life event in Sacramento this summer. This event will include opportunities to donate in Sigrid’s name. Please contact Paul Menard at [email protected] to be included on the invitation list. Sigi, you will be missed by all of us you touched so sweetly during your life. You’re on your way to Rainbow Bridge now.

Published by The Sacramento Bee on Mar. 13, 2022.

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