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ESSIG, Sigrid (SIGI) Dietlinde, nee: Scholl

July 24, 1927 — April 27, 2014

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sigi.  She leaves behind her husband of 58 years, Niels Essig and daughter Diana Anderson and son-in-law Robert Anderson as well many cherished cousins, nieces, nephews, and other special family members (related and unrelated) and countless friends, too numerous to mention. 


Sigi will always be remembered as a lady and a “duchess” with great style and class.  Anyone who met her immediately loved her.  She had a way of putting people at ease, was always interested in other’s lives and was quick to smile and give you a warm embrace.  She had a quiet strength and limitless energy even up to the last days of her life.  Her hair and make-up always done and an outfit that only a designer could put together.  She embraced her final days with dignity and grace crossing over to God, at home, and in the arms of her beloved Niels. 


Having moved to Kelowna in 2002 to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law, it afforded her some of the best years of her life.  For the next 12 years, the Grand Hotel would be their walking destination every day where they would stop and have a coffee and tea before walking back to their condo.  It quickly became a gathering of neighbours, friends and staff alike. The employees of the Delta Grand and other business owners would soon become like an extended family to them. 

Sigi loved Kelowna as it reminded her of her life in Germany.  She was born in Backnang, a beautiful little town in southern Germany.  She would later meet the love of her life, Niels, in the bookstore she worked at in Backnang.  They married in 1956 in a small white chapel in Winnipeg, where they would spend the greater part of their life raising their one and only child, Diana. 


Sigi had an amazing career at Eaton’s as a fashion coordinator.  She loved her job and the people she worked with and they quickly became part of our extended family.  Not only did a full time career consume much of her time, but also their cottage at Lake Winnipeg.  One would have to see it to believe the park like setting they created in the middle of the bush.  They called it “Haus Waldfrieden” (Peace in the forest).  Sigi’s love of beauty, nature, flowers, trees, animals and people inspired her throughout her life.  She was creative and talented not only with fashion and decorating, as well, she wrote beautiful poetry. 


We will all miss her warm smile and her kind and generous heart.  You will forever be in our hearts.  You are now in the arms of God and with your loved ones in Heaven.  A special thank you to Dr. Marty Steinruck and Cindy for their great care and loving hearts.  As much as Sigi loved her flowers, she would rather you donate to the Kelowna Gospel Mission, Salvation Army or SPCA.  She always felt so blessed and wanted to help those in need.  A  Celebration of Sigi’s life will be held on Tuesday, May 20 at the Delta Grand Hotel at 2:00 p.m.   If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

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The service for ESSIG, Sigrid (SIGI) Dietlinde, nee: Scholl is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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The Delta Grand Hotel

1310 Water Street Kelowna, BC


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  • Norman & Evelyn Janzen says:

    It was with great sadness that we read of Sigi’s passing. Our deepest sympathies Niels, Diana and Robert on your loss. We so enjoyed Sigi’s company either at her home, her cottage at our home or at company parties. She was a classy lady who touched everyone’s lives. She will be missed. Although we will not be able to attend her celebration, you can be sure our thought will be with you. Regards, Norm & Evelyn

  • Marilyn Begg says:

    My sincere sympathy to the family. Sigi and I worked in Eaton’s Fashion Office in Winnipeg together for many years. She was such a dependable, pleasant co-worker. I have many fun and happy reminders of those years.

  • Cordell & April Barker says:

    Dear Niels, Diana and Robert,
    We were very sorry to hear of Sigrid’s passing. Cordell has many fond memories of your family, and we will always remember the good times at your cottage. We did not know you had moved to Kelowna, but see now that it has been quite awhile. Nevertheless, we will always remember the good times on Hazeldell and at the lake. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Take care. Cordell, April and family.

  • Art and Ardis says:

    Dear Diana and Bob. We were very sorry to hear about your Mom. Although we didn’t know her personally, we know you loved her dearly and how much your hearts are hurting now and how you’ll miss her every day. Please know our hearts go out to you and your Dad. She’s safe in Heaven and you share the hope of knowing you’ll be with her again. Love and hugs to you. Art and Ardis

  • Kristine Baker says:

    My love and deepest condolences to you Niels, Diana and Rob. Sigi was a beautiful woman inside and out. I will always remember her as one of the very best people to touch my life. I will miss her everyday. Lots of love from Michael, Emma and Chloe too.

  • Tanya says:

    My condolences to Niels and all of Sigi’s family. I enjoyed serving her at the pharmacy for many years before I recently moved. She always had a smile and was such a pleasant lady. May your good memories bring you comfort.

    Tanya (used to work at Safeway pharmacy)

  • linda anderson says:

    Dear Neils, Diana and Robert. My sincere condolences go out to all of you at this difficult time. I had the pleasure of cleaning for your parents years back. She had a beautiful smile. Just a delight to be around.So sorry for your loss.

  • Millie Waddell says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Sigrid’s passing. My deepest sympathies to Neils, Diana and Robert. I have such great memories of my time in Kelowna and those special visits daily with them both. Sigi was such a classy lady with the biggest heart and smile! Sigi was very caring and so friendly.
    Our times talking about Winnipeg places and people were so very enjoyable. My delivery of that “special” Winnipeg bread only strengthened our friendship. I so very much miss that daily visit. Sigi will always occupy a special place in my heart. Niels, Diana and Robert I am very sorry I will not be able to attend the Celebration of Sigi’s life.
    My thoughts and prayers are certainly with you at this time. Take care, love Millie

  • Louise Berlin says:

    Niels and Diana, We loved Sigi; she was always kind and inclusive. Our home in Kelowna and our coffee time at the Grand will not be the same without her, but we will cherish our memories of such an elegant and caring woman. Love from Louise, Mari, and Randy

  • Doreen Smith says:

    Dear Niels, Diana and Robert,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Sigi was such a wonderful friend and I am so happy we kept in touch over all these years. Sigi was my “partner in crime” for so many years at Eaton’s and we had so much fun working together in the fashion office! We would both laugh until we were doubled over and shared so many personal experiences together.
    I am profoundly saddened but feel so honoured to have had this magnificent woman as my friend. She will be forever in my heart. Love and sincere condolences to all of you.

  • Donna Mitzel says:

    Diana & Rob. We were sorry to learn of your mom’s passing, Diana.

    Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, Blossomed the lovely stars, The forget-me-nots of angels.

    Please accept our sincere condolences.

    Donna & Gerry Mitzel

  • Al & Sherry Hunnie says:

    Sherry and I met Neils and Sigi through my locksmith business. We will cherish the many times we spent with them in their beautiful parklike home in the woods of Lake Winnipeg. Will miss Sigi and her beautiful smile.
    Al and Sherry Hunnie
    (204) 268-1631

  • Doreen & John Gough says:

    Dear Niels and family, please accept our heartfelt condolences. We will miss Sigi’s everpresent smile and friendship. She was a true lady.


    With deepest sympathy to Niels and family for their very sad loss. Our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.

    Sigi will be missed for her wonderful smile and the contribution that she made to our building.

    President, Council Members and Owners of The Dolphins.

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