With profound sadness we announce the passing of our mother Ann Sibert on January 29, 2023. This kind, and gentle soul passed away at home after a long illness surrounded by her three loving children, leaving a grieving family and a void that will never be filled.
Born September 8, 1929 to Slovenian immigrants, Ann was the epitome of integrity, loyalty and faith that she shared with her family and friends. At 18 she met her high school sweetheart Ralph and married him three years later. Over the years she became the backbone of the Sibert family; three children and her husband who recently passed away in November. Together they built their first home in Euclid where they raised the family and spent the past 27 years in Willoughby Hills.
She was a treasured life-long friend to many enjoying a love of books, theater, movies and great restaurants, a catalyst that served to develop and expand their circle of friends. An accomplished bridge player she played in numerous bridge clubs. She enjoyed tennis and golf with the girls and guys and became the envy of many. As one friend put it, “We will never figure out how you remain so young while the rest of us have gotten so much older.”
Ann’s essence communicated her love of life. Her style and design sense showed in all facets of life from her clothes, to the furniture, decor and landscaping at home. Ann wasn’t just “off the rack.” An excellent seamstress, she tailored her wardrobe that stood out wherever she went. She fashioned clothes for her daughters and sister. She brought that sense of style and skills with her everywhere she was involved. An active PTA member at various schools, she volunteered at The Greek Festival and church festivals for decades.
As the kids got older with college approaching, Ann went to work for the Home and Flower Show for more than 20 years as a key administrator and exhibitor’s liaison at the Show. It was an exciting and busy five months of every year for her and the family. She also worked downtown at Pat Joyce’s Restaurant and would often come home and share who patronized the restaurant that day. Everyone from famous musicians to the Indians or Browns players and even one day the crooner himself Frank Sinatra.
Ann is survived by her son Gregg (wife Diane), daughters Laura Sibert-Cardoza (husband Billy), Lisa Anderson (husband Ted), four grand-children Josh, Tyler, and Alexis Anderson, Zachary Sibert, great-grandchild Sloane Anderson, cherished daughter of the late Leo and Angela (Orazem) Polis and beloved sister Alice Polis (deceased).
May she rest in peace for eternity.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Ann Sibert to Hospice of the Western Reserve or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Cremation and arrangements entrusted to THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD.