Sabrina and Ari 2001
Sabrina Sue Hirschfeld
  • 36 years old
  • Date of birth: May 26, 1977
  • Place of birth:
    Freeport, Illinois, United States
  • Date of passing: Dec 1, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Let the memory of Sabrina be with us forever
Thank you for your kind words, thoughts and prayers. Today we laid Sabrina to rest. Our hearts are fuller knowing how Sabrina made a difference in so many lives.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Sabrina Hirschfeld, 36, born on May 26, 1977 and passed away on December 1, 2013. We will remember her forever.

Thank you for your attendance on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Ahlgrim and Sons, 330 West Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL 60195, 847-882-5580.


A memorial has been established for Bryce and Blake’s education. Contributions are accepted at


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ari Hirschfeld on 1st December 2017

"My Dearest Sabrina-

Today marks four years since you have passed.  My heart still grieves and my tears have never stopped.  I miss you daily and I still struggle without your presence.  However, the two reasons my life moves forward, is for the gorgeous boys you have provided me.  Speaking of our boys, I know you would be thrilled to see/hear their accomplishments over the past year.

Bryce has been very involved athletically.  He has participated in competitive basketball, baseball, and golf.  His participation in basketball would make your heart melt.  He might not be the best ‘baller’ out on the court, but his heart is in the right place.  Bryce does a wonderful job defensively and always gives his opponents a hard time.  He does show his boldness on the court, despite not being the biggest defender out there.  As for showing tenacity, Bryce dipped his toes in baseball this past year.  Who knows, if the Cubs had a thing or two about his new interests in this sport, but he sure did enjoy himself.  It was a long two seasons, but his growth in the game has been astounding.  From someone who could barely field a ball in March to becoming a fairly decent catcher in October, has shown exponential development.  He does have a passion for pitching, third base, and second base.  I firmly believe that his idolization of Anthony Rizzo has shaped a lot of the ballplayer that he has become and hope to be.  Also, his ability to make friends through his commitment has paid huge dividends.  Hopefully, you were able to catch several huge plays Bryce made over his two seasons as a baseball player.  Lastly, yes, I did enroll Bryce in a golf program this summer.  I think you would be pleasantly amazed as to how he developed and performed over the season.  Bryce did play against kids that were three to five years older than him, but the level of grace and determination he showed, brought warmth to my heart.  His play was sometimes like a roller-coaster, but I think he truly learned a lot about himself and a new profound ideology for the game of golf.  You would be proud of how he listened to his coaches, tried various skills, and developed a level of toughness.  Down the stretch, Bryce was able to make some big strides in his short game and improved tremendously on his putting.  I’m sure you are having some doubts about golf and for a 7/8 year old to play, but I hope that the future is promising for him and golf will open some doors.

Speaking of doors, Bryce has been doing really well in school.  He finished 2nd grade with a flurry and earned himself high marks in all subject areas.  Yes, Spanish was a slight Achilles-Heel, but I did secure a tutor for him over the summer.  I think the tutoring was helpful and allowed him not to be so frustrated with this content area coming into 3rd grade.  In fact, he had a better start with Spanish and his teacher has commented that his progress is improving steadily.  A huge strength for Bryce has been in mathematics.  A big experiment in third grade was to teach the 4th grade math curriculum, which he is doing very well with.  He has also shown a good deal of interest and has a good ear in music.  Bryce was introduced to the recorder and absolutely loved it.  Other subject areas that he shows interests in is Science and Social Studies.  He definitely has a thirst for knowledge and isn’t shy showing his interests.  Bryce does have some issues with writing, but I’m confident that he will develop his talents of being able to write with guidance.  In all, you should be proud of what Bryce has done, continues to do, and be pursuant of his own educational destiny.

Bryce has developed into a son you would be unconditionally proud of.  His role of big brother is nothing short of his demeanor.  Bryce LOVES Blake so much, that makes any other relationship look almost fake.  Yes, they do have their sibling issues, but the overall kindness Bryce gives Blake is truly heart-melting.  You will also be proud of the young man Bryce has become to others.  He treats everyone with compassion and a huge smile, leaving no one an enemy.  A lot of people have remarked the similarities of his behavior to yours.  The two of you are like two peas-in-a-pod when it comes to that.  I’m sure you have nothing less then beaming pride for your ‘B-man’!

As for Blake, he definitely takes after your side of the family.  He has made some significant strides this past year.  One of the biggest jump, has been his athletic pursuit in soccer.  He mentioned in the early summer that he wanted to play soccer.  I laugh at this because this was the one sport I had tried to steer the kids away from, unless it was recreational.  Yet, Blake was very adamant about it and wouldn’t take no for an answer.  We started out slow and I put him into a ‘class’ . . . that was when I realized that he does have some raw talent and is decently good.  Thereafter, we tried the park district program in the fall.  He started out a little slow, but a switch turned on and he cranked up the volume, quickly.  In most of his games, he was the leading scorer, scoring around 85 to 90 percent of his team’s goals.  In a double header, he scored four goals in each game.  Then a few weeks later, he scored seven of his team’s 8 goals.  Our son is a little rocket with that right foot of his.  I wished you were able to see his performances, but I know in ‘spirit’, you were cheering him on.  Blake does well in a range of other sports, keeping up with his brother.  I have no doubt, that Blake will do well athletically and I’m sure he will excel in various athletic competitions.

Not only has Blake’s excelled on the field, he is remarkable in school.  As you are aware, he finished the preschool program at HEPD with a flourish.  As you know, Ms. Colleen and Ms. Joyce did a wonderful job giving Blake the foundation needed to further his education.  Now that he joined his big brother at Enders, he has shown some remarkable strides.  For instance, he entered knowing some basic sight words and reading those words accordingly.  In a few short months, his reading shot-up 3 to 4 steps and is able to read nighttime stories to us.  Which you are aware, is truly amazing at that age.  By the way, Blake was lucky to draw Bryce’s teacher from 2nd grade and has her for Kindergarten.  Speaking of teaching, Bryce has really drilled math into Blake’s brain.  As a result, Blake’s mathematical abilities are beyond his years.  In fact, he is tutored with a couple of other kids from his class by a gifted/resource teacher.  Working on various skills that is mostly 1st to 2nd grade material range.  Just like athletics, Blake will truly excel in any of his endeavors and won’t take any prisoners.

Speaking of which, Blake’s tenacity in everything he does is nothing short of persistent.  Yes, he does get frustrated easily . . . but I know that he wants to do well. No wait, he wants to exceed and be the best!  I’m working with him on this issue, but knowing that he has that ‘drive’, already makes him a winner in my book!  Another thing I want to mention. . .Blake’s smile and laughter is so infectious!  Every time he giggles or has that huge ‘golden’ smile, nothing else matters.  He has that ability to just make everything else unimportant and make you smile or even laugh!  Along with this magical gift, he loves everyone.  He can make friends with anyone who passes and invite them along for the ride.  Your ‘Bug-a-boo’ is a true treasure and I am very, very lucky to have him!

As for myself, I wake up every day and face new challenges that await me.  I have been told that over time, things will get easier . . .honestly, it doesn’t.  I have found ways to manage and prioritize, but I truly wish you were here to witness the growth of our children and share in the memories I see daily.  My heart still aches, I shed my tears, I still ask – ‘Why?’ . . .knowing that the answers may never come.  But the one thing I do know and cherish . . . are Bryce and Blake.  I know this will never get old and sometimes overused . . .Thank you for providing me two wonderful joys of life.  I know for a fact, when I lay in the dark or when I take a moment to think . . .what a lucky man I am and for showing me that life must continue on despite the circumstances.  Yes, it is true – that I would rather have you here to share these experiences, but life shouldn’t be black and white.  You have shown me that life is colorful and it is important to persevere no matter how high the bricks might be stacked.  You have shown me that stopping to smell the roses or to hear the laughter of our children is more important than the complexities of life.  I truly appreciate your loving and compassionate spirit.  Thank you Sabrina for who you were and continue to ‘stand’ next to me as I journey life.

With Love-


This tribute was added by Anne Roese on 1st December 2016

"Sabrina it is so hard to believe you have left this world 3 years ago. you will always be remembered for your kindness and warm spirit. I know you are watching over you beautiful boys and loving Husband."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Alberts on 1st December 2016

"Think of you often...
Hugs and Prayers with you and the boys Ari..."

This tribute was added by Ari Hirschfeld on 1st December 2016

"My Dearest Sabrina-

Today marks your three-year anniversary since you have passed away.  A day does not go by without a thought of you entering my mind.  Even your boys will mention your name and smile because they say you are still in their heart.  Even though time has grown since we were separated, our hearts still aches and our tears have never stopped.  We continue to miss your presence . . .

Blake continues to show that gleam in his eyes when he smiles; it is almost as if I can see you when he smiles - which is quite astonishing, but not at all surprising.  Blake continues to strive in his learning and grows daily.  He loves going to Preschool and interacting with his peers.  Blake loves to work on his letter writing and continues to push forward with his fine motor skills.  Yes, sometimes he doesn’t take helpful criticism well.  Nonetheless, he loves to learn and works hard on his writing abilities. Oh, before I forget, our boy can write his name quite legibly.  I am very proud of his tenacity to accomplish this feat.  As for physical play, he loves to participate in anything with movement.  He continues to figure out what his body can and cannot do . . . even though he thinks he can do it all.  (He wants to keep up with his big brother . . . sigh!)  Blake thoroughly enjoys his gymnastic class because nothing seems to stop his level of curiosity and daringness.  I’m telling you, our boy has no fear and is willing to continue until success is achieved. (ha ha ha, an admirable trait he picked-up from you.)  I’m sure you will be proud to see that Blake loves the water and swimming.  He can now put his head in the water and actually swim a short distance.  (A big skill jump from this time, last year.)  Another trait that amazes me, is Blake’s ability to show compassion and understanding to anyone he meets.  An admirable trait, but one I have to be very cautious of with him.  Rarely does Blake show any insensitivity to anyone and tries to make everyone his best friend.  Especially, his uncanny love for Bryce.  If I had to, I might need a pry bar for all the times that Blake is literally attached to his big brother.  A blessing in disguise that shows me that brotherly love is very natural between the two of them.

Speaking of brotherly love, Bryce is also very compassionate and warm-hearted, despite his ‘pint-size’ body.  He continues to show Blake the world through his eyes and I know he is in good hands.  Bryce had shown tremendous growth (in my eyes) in school.  His ability to read (a special thanks to his 1st grade teacher) has grown steadily over this past year.  In fact, his growth has moved him into the second highest reading group in his class.  In addition, Bryce’s ability in math is quite impressive.  In fact, with the dual language program, he brought home a couple of worksheets in Spanish with math problems on it and had them solved/finished.  Amazing!  In all, Bryce is doing well in school and seems to enjoy learning new things daily.  Also, his love to draw and create pictures has definitely shown through his daily display of artworks.  Maybe, he has a talent that needs to be fostered.  Among other “talents’, Bryce continues to grow in sports.  His participation in Basketball, Golf, and Swimming has continued throughout the year.  It is true, he might not be the strongest athlete out there, but his perseverance and determination to succeed has shown through his work ethic.  For example, he can now make a basket in basketball and has an interesting way of playing defense.  He has a long way to go, but his initial steps are in the right direction.  Golf, a game you were not too fond of, has shown Bryce the choices he makes on the course, correlates with the many facets of life choices.  To him though, “killing” the white ball makes him very happy.  Nonetheless, his game is improving and I hope he will engage in it for a lifetime.  Lastly, I think Bryce might have been some sort of water creature in his past life.  He loves the water and seems to treat it like his playground.  Bryce needs to continue to work on his strokes, but it appears he has found a level of peace in the water.  With all being said, Bryce loves to move around and continues to dabble in various games and other sports interests.  There have been talks between him and I in regards to trying baseball in a more organized form of play.  (Time will tell, smiles!)  In all, Bryce is developing into a strong, independent, and mindful young boy that has no problem facing the world and achieving his goals.

As for myself, I honestly feel the struggles of how are lives are at this moment.  I am not complaining, but I do miss the level of patience and understanding you bring when raising our boys.  I miss the reassurance you brought when making those tough decisions.  I miss the calm, gentle reasoning you provided when deciding the boys’ fate.  I know that all of my actions and demeanor is the best for our boys and by what I have outlined  . . . everything seems to be okay.  Nonetheless, it doesn’t compare unless you were by my side.  It is funny, maybe I am hallucinating, but I swear I hear you, reassuring me, calmly telling me that everything is okay.  Erringly as that sound, I appreciate all that you have spiritually handed me and I hope to make you proud.

I put together a few words just for you:

I have collected “our” heartfelt love
and all the cherished memories.

I have collected “our” kisses
and the laughter at each day’s end.

I have collected “our” hugs
and the spoken “I LOVE You”.

We will send these gifts, which
weighs not a thing.

Hoping to catch the sunlit rays
to the open skies.

A loving wish wrapped tight with “our” gifts . . .

To you, “our” LOVE!!!

With Love-


This tribute was added by Erik Olson on 27th May 2016

"happy b-day Chief !   We all miss and think of you everyday"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Alberts on 26th May 2016

"Happy Birthday Brina Rina:)

We Miss You!!"

This tribute was added by Erik Olson on 3rd December 2015

"Cant believe its been 2 years..I remember out last talk, the day after thanksgiving right before I went up north to Prescott.  You were actually talking about football and how you were looking forward to seeing each other at Christmas..I look back and you taught me what it took to be a leader and I use the skills today to help voice how bad teachers pay is in Shannon's school district..By the way I am engaged again, this time will be better.. Miss you every day!!"

This tribute was added by Sue Hlavacek on 2nd December 2015

"Sabrina, I think about you every day as I pass your house to go to work or to the grocery store. I didn't know you for very long but you were truly a very special person. My heart goes out to Ari and the boys still.You are deeply missed by so many.Hugs!!"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Alberts on 1st December 2015

"I walked in to the Y this morning and as I was unlocking the door and thinking about the day ahead  I thought of you. I sat down at my desk as I do each morning to check my email and in my inbox was the reminder of your passing. You are forever missed by your Elgin Y family."

This tribute was added by Melinda Reed on 1st December 2015

"My dear friend,
I cannot believe that it has been 2 years since you were taken from us too soon. I miss you so much! I can't begin to count the times I have wanted to tell you something or share something with you that would make you laugh. Life has been hard without you, but when faced with a challenge I often ask myself "what would Sabrina tell me". That comforts me and there have been many times, I'm sure, that you would have kicked my ass for my behavior. That thought has helped me to get through the hard days. Things will never be the same without you, nor do I want them to be.

As kids, we often think that we when we get older we'll "catch up" in age to the people who are older than us. Well, that day has arrived and I am now older than you, which is something I never would have dreamed would come true. You were always the older and more wiser one, but I guess it's now my turn. I don't know if I am ready for that, but I will try.

You were an important part in my life, one that I will continue to treasure forever. I love you and miss you and keep you close in my heart.

Your friend,

This tribute was added by Ari Hirschfeld on 1st December 2015


We come upon the anniversary of your passing, which my heart is still a shatter.  Despite this heartache, our boys still keeps me going.  Speaking of which . . .

Blake is still your bug-a-boo, but not the peanut he once was.  He is growing like a weed and continues to discover the world around him.  His heart is truly pure and gentle, but occasionally shows his temperament when things don’t necessarily goes his way. (I wonder where he gets that from?)   Despite this, he is definitely learning things daily and craves for the attention.  His smiles light up a room, and the gleam in his eyes, makes others laugh with him.  His dimples must be something he got from you, because I see those similarities.  His hugs are pure with the strength you have given him.  There is no doubt that you would be impressed by his charisma and mannerism.

Bryce continues to keep the world as an oyster in his palm.  He has the ability to make others laugh when he does and make those around him feel special.  Bryce is very sociable and is adored by all those he comes in contact with.  The talk of his eyes still resonates with those who meet him and describes his personality as magnetic.  Bryce loves his little brother so much and is very supportive of his developments and milestones.  There is no mistake; Bryce truly epitomizes your heart and sincerity.  He still talks about and reminds me of the many adventures that we have been through together as a family.  I’m sure that none of this is surprising to you, because you raised a child with such radiance and passion.

As for me, I still struggle emotionally with you not being by my side.  I continue to second guess all my actions, hoping I make the right decisions for our family.  In all honesty, I truly did value your thoughts and knowledge in everything we have done together.  There is no true way to put into words how I miss your touch, warmth, and sincerity.  Please don’t take what I’m saying as something I took for granted, that is not true.  I have always thought of you as my mortar to brick that kept us strong together.  I miss that strength and compassion that you provided on a daily basis.  Have I been able to piece back my heart since your passing, no I haven’t.  But what has helped keep my heart going has been the love and smiles of our children.  I can’t thank you enough for providing me two priceless treasures that has shown me how to push through the days.

I’m reminded of a picture that I saw the other day with two ‘chairsma’, attached, that sat opposite of each other, but still faced one another.  Under that picture, a question was placed . . .”If you were given an hour to talk with someone, who would it be?”  In my case, the answer is quite simple . . .

Missing You Eternally,


This tribute was added by Marie Wapniarski on 26th May 2015

"Happy Birthday Sabrina. Much loved and missed; may you have peace forever more."

This tribute was added by Erik Olson on 1st December 2014

"One year already...You are missed everyday..Your boys are two of the best I have ever seen, I can say that after working so long with you and getting a taste of all kids at different ages.   It's been hard to realize your not around, some days I still forget.  We all miss you and will not forget"

This tribute was added by Susie Wapo on 1st December 2014

"I'm saddened to know it's been a year without you. This was a hard year for many of us. Emotions continue to run deep. I miss you and think of you often."

This tribute was added by Matt Ferguson on 1st December 2014

""I still can't believe it's been a year. We all are still striving forward like you would want use too. Thinking about things over the last we were a lot a like in some ways. Determined, passionate, competitive, stubborn yes Sabrina was stubborn it a family trait, motherly well you more than me I,am more fatherly, and most of all caring. So you did teach me a few things over the years.

Your little brother
Love Matt"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Alberts on 1st December 2014

"You are missed and thought of often:) Prayers and love to your family from your Y family."

This tribute was added by Ari Hirschfeld on 1st December 2014

"My Dearest Sweetheart-

It will be a year today; you were taken away from us.

A lot has happened over the course of the year that I’m sure you are well aware of.  It truly caught my breath in how many people have taken us in their warm embrace.  The community of Hoffman Estates (especially three moms) has provided a tremendous amount of support.  Everything from meals to fundraisers has helped eased some of the difficulties we have freshly faced with your passing.  In addition, the John Hersey Community and surrounding areas have too been instrumental in looking after us.  Meals have been  provided, gift cards donated/bought, and a couple of fundraisers/contributions have been very useful for day-to-day to long range planning for the boys and I.  The movement of support and graciousness from everyone has really been one of the few ‘moments’ that allows me and the boys to move forward.

As for the boys:

Blake is still that Bug-a-Boo you love to your heart.  He made some remarkable strides (thanks to Bryce the Teacher) this past year.  He has been able to put shoes on by himself and on the correct foot, too.  His language development continues to build in amazing fashion.  You won’t believe (actually you would) how many people say that he is just an adorable young boy and sees a lot of you in him.  Blake has been nothing short of how you would perceive him in your eyes.  He is definitely has your smile, laugh, and gleam.

Bryce, your precious first born, has been astounding me daily with his demeanor.  His level of understanding and wit carries your personality with accuracy.  The way he sees the world, I wouldn’t be surprised if he has the world in his palm one day.  On the other hand, his level of sincerity and thoughtfulness is unparalleled to the way you saw human nature in your eyes.  He continues to develop in such a manner that would have you bursting at the seams.

As for myself, there is still a huge void in my heart.  I know that we drove each other crazy and a lot of our antics would truly make one of us want to scream. Yet, we always still went to bed together and never made one sleep elsewhere.  We managed to figure out our differences and to strengthen our bond for one another.   I get a sliver of an understanding when I talk about you as my soul mate.  Like those couple who may have known each other for three-quarter of a century and say that they are soul mates.  But when does die leaving their partner behind . . . I feel that I have a better comprehension of losing someone who meant so much to me and loved me for who I was.

I know we spoke at length about moving forward and trying to live a good life for ourselves, as well as, our children.  That promise is really difficult for me.  I will continue to strive and create wonderful memories and moments with our children.  I will make sure they never forget the mother they once had.  Despite the void in all our hearts, I do see you in the boy’s eyes and that really helps me to push forward and keep your spirit alive.

Sabrina, thank you for giving me 18 years of wonderful memories, two children who are a blessing in disguise, and the love you shared with me  is truly priceless in my heart.  I continue to miss you and love you daily.

Eternally Yours,


This tribute was added by Julie Tobin on 1st December 2014

"I can't believe it's been a year... You are still sorely missed. Your boys are beautiful and Ari has been amazing as a dad. I'm sure you are looking down beaming with pride at them. Your boys are such a wonderful reminder of how special you were."

This tribute was added by Susie Wapo on 26th May 2014

"Happy birthday. I know you are with us in thought. I miss you everyday and especially on days I share with your family. You would be proud of Bryce and Blake. They talk of you often. I wish we could have had more time to celebrate life together. I hold peace with knowing I spent so much time with you and your family. You made a huge difference in many lives. Thank you for the difference in mine. I wouldn't be where I am in life without you. Rest well."

This tribute was added by Ari Hirschfeld on 16th December 2013

"My Dearest Wife:

I guess eternity wasn't meant to be.  Yet the memories, laughter, and tears will live forever in my heart.  Our motto, "Two lives, two hearts, joined together in friendship, united forever in love." will never fade from my soul.

I will always remind our children of how wonderful you were to them and how much you LOVED them.  I'm sure you'll be their guardian angel and show them how pure and rich your feelings were for them and to share that with others.

Bryce has recalled a memory every night on your behalf.  He wishes you pleasant dreams, misses you, and says, "I love you, Mom!"

Blake, your 'Bug-a-Boo' still looks for you and calls out Mama (as well as other things he sees - ha ha).  He will carry your infectious laugh and knows that his cuddle time with you are treasured moments.

For others you have touched or pissed-off, are in a better place for knowing you. (Which have been repeated by numerous individuals.)  They have been touched by your charm, beauty, and dedication.  No matter how busy you were or how complicated life was --- you still gave a smile and a helping hand.  Bless you for a heart bigger than yourself.

When people talk about a diamond in a rough, Sabrina was this DIAMOND!  She knows how to shine and radiate like no other, yet still has the compassion to be a phenomenal wife, mom, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, best-friend, friend, associate, co-worker, boss, and individual.

Rest-in-peace my LOVE, now and forever!"

This tribute was added by Kristen Sublett on 9th December 2013


You taught so many people about compassion and leadership. I think so fondly of our camp days. Early mornings, late nights, and weekends in the Dells. You taught me how to care for others with compassion and love. I am so grateful that I had you as my leader so many years ago. Thank you for being such an amazing person. I am certain your boys will know the imprints you left in so many people's hearts. My heart goes out to Ari, the boys, and all of Sabrina's loved ones. She was an amazing person."

This tribute was added by Lori (Murray) Krakora on 8th December 2013

"Hi Ari-

I know we haven't seen each other for some time now, but I am heartbroken to hear of Sabrina's passing.  May your love for her, and cherished memories of her, forever comfort you during the challenging days ahead.

I had fully intended to come out today to visit with you and your family, but there were too many accidents on the road, making driving long and tiresome.  


This tribute was added by Lisa Marotti on 8th December 2013

"I am saddened that Sabrina gone too soon... No word I can express but I cherished our friendship....We both went NIU together and we both were roommate.. She was the best roommate I ever had. Sabrina had a big heart for everyone. She was such a sweet, loving, funny, down to earth  and wonderful person!!  Ari and Sabrina came to our wedding and some parties as well. She is sorely missed!! God bless her life and My heart goes out to Ari and two gorgeous young boys... Love u, Lisa"

This tribute was added by Marie Wapniarski on 7th December 2013

"Our condolences on the loss of your beautiful wife and wonderful mother of your children. We pray for your strength during this saddest of times."

This tribute was added by Gordie Kaplan on 7th December 2013

"Like everyone else i am heart sick about Sabrina's passing and the pain and sorrow Ari, Bryce, and Blake now face.  Her wonderful boys (all three of them) were her pride and joy!  I'm so very sorry she is no longer with them and that she will not be able to directly share their lives in the future.  I treasure the friendship we had and I'm ever grateful for the support she provided down through the years as an active and excellent volunteer for the American Camping Association, Illinios Section.  May you rest in Peace beautiful person!"

This tribute was added by chris rabjohn on 7th December 2013

"Sabrina was a dedicated hard working young woman.she had a special ability to engage our youth. Her attention to detail brought many opportunities to the Y community. Most of all she loved her family and friends. Our hearts are heavy with loss."

This tribute was added by Richard and Patricia Mauck on 7th December 2013

  You and your sons are in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. We did not know Sabrina very well, having only met Sabrina and you when you came to Florida after Brice was born, then at your brother David's house, and finally at your parents Dan and Eileen's 50th wedding anniversary here in Florida.  Nevertheless we were much sadden to hear that Sabrina is gone.  Reading about Sabrina's life and looking at her photos brought her to life for us.  She did indeed leave this life too soon.  Sabrina made the most of the life she had and your love made her the most she could be.  May God Bless you always."

This tribute was added by Mike Kraus on 6th December 2013

  You and your family will be in my prayers!"

This tribute was added by k mcclure on 6th December 2013

Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you during these very difficult times .
Please don't hesitate to call if you need anything at all . ( 847-987-4484)
Stay strong for your kids and use all the support that is offered and needed . Hersey is a great support system !
One day at a time ...
Xoxo karie McClure"

This tribute was added by Sheri Mussar on 6th December 2013

"Sabrina- You have been a teacher to my children, a mentor to my daughter, guided my son and a wonderful friend to me.  I will always see the influence you have had on my children in their eyes and hearts.
Thank you so very much my friend, love you.
Rest in Peace,"

This tribute was added by David LeClercq on 6th December 2013

"My family and I send our condolences on the  loss of Sabrina. She was a true leader in the community between the YMCA and Gilbert"s elementary. May you Rest in eternal peace. May God heal and protect your family."

This tribute was added by Matt Ferguson on 5th December 2013

"My sister touched more lives than I could ever imagine. From old class mates, roommates, co-workers, friends, family and anyone else that had the privilege of knowing her. From myself and our family we thank you for the tremendous amount of support we have received during these difficult times.    


This tribute was added by Matt Ferguson on 5th December 2013

"To my sister :  I miss you, I love you and will never forget you."

This tribute was added by Sue Barone-Corbett on 5th December 2013

"Sabrina you were such an amazing person, friend, role model to so many.  I'm so saddened that you have been taken from us so soon.  I have so many wonderful memories of our time together.  To Ari and the boys I am so sorry for your loss.  I'll miss you Sabrina, know that I am a better person for having known you."

This tribute was added by mary Bielecki on 5th December 2013

"Sabrina was such a wonderful person and I'm so saddened by this news of her passing. My son attended the kindergarten club at the Y last year and he had a hard time adjusting to the swim days. She was so wonderful in helping him acclimate. I spent many times during pick up chatting with her and I can't say enough wonderful things about her. I'm so saddened for her boys and husband. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time."

This tribute was added by jeanine & Ed Konkolewski on 5th December 2013

"Ari,  Our prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss."

This tribute was added by Mary Kolodziejski on 5th December 2013

"Dear Sabrina and Family - We met through the sisterhood that is Tastefully Simple's local small group. I didn't know you well. I didn't get to know your husband or beautiful boys. But I got glimpse of the warm, wonderful, "we will figure it out together" kind of person you were.  I am sad and shocked that you are gone and I am thankful for having had a chance to know you at all.  Prayers are with your husband, sons, extended family and friends, and that you are already in God's arms in a place where you can watch over them always. You will be missed."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Signorella on 5th December 2013

"I am so sorry about the loss of Mrs. Sabrina. I didn't know her for long my daughter is in her preschool class. The first day of school I felt comfortable leaving my daughter there because she went by Mrs. Sabrina right away and was happy. Mrs. Sabrina will be missed."

This tribute was added by Sarah Spoerl on 5th December 2013

"Sabrina, I knew you from NIU, and Ari, also. You were so warm and friendly and I regret not staying in touch after we parted ways. I'm just heartbroken for your family, you have been blessed with two beautiful boys and it sounds like from all the tributes I have read in attempt to catch up that you had been living a very rich and happy life. God bless Ari and the family, may they feel your love through your family and friends forever."

This tribute was added by Terence White on 5th December 2013

"Sabrina, you are gone from this earth way too soon! Working for you at the YMCA was so much fun and it taught me how to be professionally stronger and I made a great friend in the process! Thanks for everything and you will be miss by our world!"

This tribute was added by Sarah 'Ferguson' Loomis on 4th December 2013

"There are no words- I am still in disbelief.  I can't believe god thought it was your time- you had so much more to offer but I keep telling myself he must have needed you more, for his greater plan as you are now one of his angels!  For the record, you were an incredible mother, wife & cousin.  You truly will be missed by more people than you could ever imagine as I'm sure you've left a great lasting impression to anyone you've ever come in contact with.  I know you did on me!

You were by far my closest cousin!  I've enjoyed many moments, stories, & conversations with you over the years especially at our scrapbooking weekend not that many years ago.  My favorite memory to cherish forever is playing Sweet Valley high board game majority of the night when I spent the night at your house as a kid!  What can I say- I enjoyed my older cousin who was obviously cooler than me!  I'm thankful we got to play a part in each other's weddings and become closer over the last few years by spending more time together with our families!  I'll never forget Christmas at Grandma's especially with all the new people- first Ari, then Jeremy, then Bryce, then Blake, & finally last year with my pregnancy announcement- you were the most excited out of anyone!  I'll never forget that.  It saddens me you never got to meet Avery, not without trying though- but you will see her from heaven.  I look forward to seeing the 2nd cousins grow up together and will make sure these sweet, little boys know just how much their mother loved them.  I promise I won't get us kicked out of a pool again :)  

You married a great guy who has turned out to be an incredible father- you couldn't have left your kids in better hands!  Thank you for the memories, laughter & simply just for being you. I love you and miss you already!"

This tribute was added by Anne Roese on 4th December 2013

"Sabrina, You were my Boss at Lattof and it was such a pleasure to know you and watch you grow into the position that you held. We had some good times with all the preschool programs and other programs you were in charge of. Last time we met was at Penny"s  when you were having you oldest lttle guy picture taken. You were so proud of him . You were taken from them too soon. But you have a loving husband and he will make sure your little guys will continued to be loved and remind the how special you were. ."

This tribute was added by mary huffcutt on 4th December 2013

"To Sabrina's family,
I met Sabrina when she was a high school student. She joined our precollege program, Upward Bound.  I saw something in Sabrina at a very young age that still strikes me today as a true gift. She would shoot out question after question concerning her future.  "Do you like your job?"  "Do you feel that you are making a difference?" She knew she had a calling to be a true servant leader.  Her energy was endless and she looked at the world as the glass half full.  She wanted to be a part of something bigger than herself, to make a difference.  She learned from the people around her and grew for the common good.  I know I will continue that ideology by helping others and will do it in her honor. Our upward bound family will hold you all close in our prayers and thoughts.  God Bless You."

This tribute was added by Shawn McDonald on 4th December 2013

"What a loss to the community and the people you touched. Our thoughts and prayer for you and yours."

This tribute was added by Joel Sieplinga on 4th December 2013

"Sabrina, you were my first real "boss" even though you never liked to be called that.  I appreciate you letting me come in and take a program that had for so long been your baby.  I'll never forget our binges of E.L. Fudge cookies, me trying to dunk you in the drinking fountain only to get caught by Rich and the laughs we shared.  Thank you for your commitment to kids and the community."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Schorsch on 4th December 2013

"Sabrina will be truly missed. I fondly remember working with her and our Cub Scouts at the Gilberts Easter Egg Hunt and from her work with the after school program at my son's school.  Such a fun and wonderful person.  May God bless and comfort your family."

This tribute was added by Brenda Welker on 4th December 2013

"Sabrina-You have impacted the lives of many youth in the Y movement.  Thank you for so much you have given from your heart. You will be missed. Prayers for hubby, sons, and family."

This tribute was added by Kathy Herman on 4th December 2013

"Sabrina, Although I did not know you very well, I know your husband Ari very well, so Ari this is for you and your dear little boys.  Know that your ICODA Family is here for you to support you through this very difficult time.  Even though we may have not seen each other that much over the past few years you will always be a member of the family. We are praying for you and the boys for strength and courage to face each day with the love that is so apparent  from all of these beautiful testamonies that  your beloved Sabrina shared with you.  Love you Ari."

This tribute was added by Jessica Fisher on 4th December 2013

"Sabrina, I came to you an uncertain 16 yr old who knew she wanted to work with children but hadn't yet learned how. You let me teach preschool and you had confidence in my skills even when I hadn't found them yet myself! Now, as I begin my career as a school psychologist, I can't help but wonder where I might have been without your guidance. Thank you for your support through the years and for the opportunities you gave me. I know you will not be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Mesko on 4th December 2013

"Sabrina will be remembered as a kind, warm, caring person that took on so many activities and programs such as YMCA Easter Egg Hunt in Gilberts. She will be truly missed!"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Alberts on 4th December 2013

"I cannot put into words how inspirational you have been to me personally and professionally. Because of you I have had the privilege to serve the Gilberts, St. Charles and Elgin Communities touching lives each and every day through the Y. Through you I have learned so much and am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have you as a Supervisor, Co-worker, but most of all a Dear Friend. I love and miss you! May God watch over and bless your family."

This tribute was added by Mary Pedersen on 4th December 2013

"Sabrina- You are so beautiful in so many ways. I would have never made it through my career without you. Your endless amazing vision to make everything better in every way, your drive to help others be better and your willingness to help without expectation of anything in return is something that has blessed my life and so many others. Thank you for letting me be part of your life. Surely you were instantly and angel in heaven just as you always have been on earth. I will forever pray for your family as they heal and find peace. I have faith that the blessings you have given to others will be brought to your family through the loving hearts of all you have touched with your spirit"

This tribute was added by Sue Hlavacek on 4th December 2013

"Sabrina, you were a wonderful person and taken from us way to soon.I think about you every time I drive past your house. I will forever treasure the picture frame you gave me the first year you were with Tastefully Simple. You are deeply missed and I am glad you were part of my life even though it was for a short period of time."

This tribute was added by Jennifer DeSutter on 4th December 2013

"You may not be here with us physically but your spirit will live on in our hearts forever!"

This tribute was added by Anna Ferguson on 4th December 2013

"I always thought we would have the rest of our lives to watch our children grow up together as cousins.  My promise to you: I will make sure our boys continue to make memories together and carry on traditions. I will always remind Braden and Camden what an awesome aunt they had and let Bryce and Blake know how much you loved them!"

This tribute was added by Cheryl Gennett Alopogianis on 3rd December 2013

"No words can possibly express the magnitude of loss we will all experience by no longer having Sabrina with us. She was the most sweetest, kindest, funniest person I have met in a long time. I enjoyed having her on our "adopted" Tastefully Simple team. I can only believe that that our Heavenly Father had a "bigger" job for her and brought her home to be with him."

This tribute was added by Kaitlynn Lemke on 3rd December 2013

"Sabrina was always there for the rest of the staff when we needed her the most. She always had a smile on her face. She touched the lives of all her staff and all the kids as well. Prayers go out to her family in this though time. Sabrina will greatly loved and will be missed and never forgotten. Rest In Peace Sabrina!"

This tribute was added by Alex Fernandez on 3rd December 2013

"The first counseling job I had was given to me by Sabrina.  I learned so much from her about what it meant to be compassionate and work with youth.  So many literal life changing opportunities came from that counseling job.  Much of who I am as a teacher now comes from what I learned from Sabrina and the days spent with her at the Y.  You will be missed."

This tribute was added by Doug Hoff on 3rd December 2013

"Sabrina - Know that all you've given your family - your joy, selflessness, and persistence - will continue to bless them!"

This tribute was added by Parvathi Kumar on 3rd December 2013

"Sabrina, I  feel so blessed to have met you at the Y.  You were instrumental in starting my career at the Y and I am so fortunate to have spent so many years with you.
Sabrina, I love you and miss you dearly, you are forever
in my heart. Your family will forever be in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Sandra Parker on 3rd December 2013

"I am so sorry to hear about this.  While we have not been in the Chicago area for years,  Sabrina's programs kept me sane with 2 little boys when we were new to the area.  We have many happy memories from there and were so saddened when a friend (that I met thru Sabrina's programs) told us the news.  Our thoughts are with your family at this time."

This tribute was added by Kyle Hartje on 3rd December 2013

"Sabrina, you will be forever missed by your Y family. You were an inspiration to me, and I learned how to juggle many tasks and do it with a smile from you. Your family will be in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Andrea Gehling on 3rd December 2013

"I haven't seen or spoken to Sabrina for a long time, but she is part of who I am. We were very close in High School. I do not have many memories from that time that do not include her. Rest in Peace Sabrina."

This tribute was added by Carolyn Strahammer on 3rd December 2013

"Sabrina, I  feel so blessed to have met you and your family at the Y.  You were a wonderful wife, mother and teacher and an inspiration to me.  I will pray for you and your family.  Gone but never forgotten!"

This tribute was added by Brittany Keifer on 3rd December 2013

"Sabrina was the most inspirational person I have ever met. She committed herself fully to her work and her family. Sabrina welcomed me into the Y Family with open arms, and gave me many opportunities to learn at my job. She always knew how to put a smile on my face. I will truly miss her spunk and originality. I hope she finds peace in her new life.

Sabrina, you will be missed. Thank you for everything. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Amber Griepentrog on 3rd December 2013

"Sabrina, i know we haven't talked since our class reunuion, but oh the fun we had,  it was wonderful meeting Ari and such fun laughing and joking around with you.  The class of 1995 will miss you greatly.  you were always there with a smile or joke to make us laugh, and of course our yearbook wouldn't have gotten done without you, or the twenty million other things you did in high school. You will be missed by all of us.  We will continue to pray for Ari, your boys, and mom and brothers. We know you are in a better place warching over us all. With love from all of us. Amber Slaght Griepentrog and The Le-Win Class of 1995"

This tribute was added by Kim Hanson on 3rd December 2013

"You will be greatly missed,  you had such a way of bringing out the best qualities in people they did not even know they had.  I am forever grateful to you for all you taught me and because of you I was able to spend many great years teaching preschool.  Your boys now have a angle on their sides to guide them.  May you rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Lisa Eby on 3rd December 2013

"I have only the highest regard for Sabrina. Always friendly, always willing to lend a hand... She was a mentor to my son in the field of Recreation, helping him to learn about acceptance of responsibility and how to make staff and patrons all feel that they are most important.  I pray for comfort for family and friends who will feel her loss.  Until we meet again, Sabrina... Lisa"

This tribute was added by Nancy Ch on 3rd December 2013

"When I met my husband (thus starting my family) Sabrina was there. My heart goes out to her family and all the families, like mine, that she has touched."

This tribute was added by Jenni Wolowiec on 3rd December 2013

"Sabrina was one of the most kind and caring people I've ever known. Every single person who came through the Y was beyond blessed to know her; she touched the lives of so many adults and children alike, and the Y will never be the same without her.

Sabrina, we love you and miss you dearly; you touched SO many lives, and you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, my sweet friend."

This tribute was added by Steve Harper on 3rd December 2013

"You've touched so many lives including mine. With everyone you've met or just talked to, you left a lasting impression in their life. You will always live on through your sons because they are a part of YOU."

This tribute was added by JoEllen Geiken on 3rd December 2013

"Sabrina I didn't really have a chance to get to know you, but you were taken too young. Watch over the family and your babies."

This tribute was added by Mickey Myers on 2nd December 2013

"Sabrina  you were taken so  soon  from this world.  Watch down on all of us from above.  We know you will be waiting for us on the  other  side.  You  were such a great person.  We love and will miss you dearly."

This tribute was added by John Krauser on 2nd December 2013

"Sabrina was an amazing women. Able to handle many jobs at once, and do them well. But beyond that, she was always very kind to me, and understood anything I was going through. She gave me a chance to work a lot while I have been home from school, so I can save up to return next month. I will never forget that.

Sabrina was called home early. Let us rejoice in her memory and life. Leaving behind two amazing boys, and from what I can tell, an amazing husband. RIP."

This tribute was added by Jill Doerner on 2nd December 2013

""Dearest Sabrina-- Thank you for sharing your gifts with our Y family. Everytime we sing a camp song- we will think of you.  Your passion, dedication and love of children-- was not only seen but felt.  You are forever in your hearts.  Your family is forever in our prayers.""

This tribute was added by Jamie Brunskill on 2nd December 2013

"She was my former counselor a couple years ago. She was one of the counselors who inspired me to be a counselor myself and I would not be one today without her. She has influenced us all an she will always be remembered in our hearts and memories."

This tribute was added by Julie Tobin on 2nd December 2013

"Sabrina, thank you for your friendship. You were a really special person and such an amazing mom. Your boys will grow up hearing about how wonderful you were, and we won't let them ever forget how much you loved them. Prayers to Ari, the boys and the rest of your family to help them get through this extremely difficult time."

This tribute was added by Gabe Wright on 2nd December 2013

"Sabrina, you may be gone on earth but you will forever have a special place in everyone who had the honor to know you.  Your boys are in good hands with their awesome father Ari and know he will carry on your memory.  HUGS!!"

This tribute was added by Rick Wiktor on 2nd December 2013

"Friends and family lost a wonderful person, someone who left her mark on lives that she touched. You were gone too soon!"

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