A small church in Polo is filled to capacity as loved ones say their final goodbyes to Yolanda Sigler, the Dixon woman strangled to death one week ago.
Those who come to pay there respects all say the same things: Yolanda Sigler was a hard worker and a loving mother taken before her time.
"She not only was a good woman but she was a good soldier," says Richard Curtis, one of Sigler's longtime friends.
Curtis met Sigler through the Army National Guard. They were both part of the 1644th Transportation Company in Rock Valley. He was her superior. A few years later, their roles reversed. "And then afterwards, I started a new job where she was at, at Crest Foods, and she ended up training me," says Curtis
They stayed friends through work, and through the love of their pets. "She had a German shepherd and I have a German shepherd."
Like so many, Curtis was shocked to learn about his friend's passing. "It always seems like the ones with the biggest heart are always taken too soon, and with no explanation. And it not only grieves my heart to see all the friends and family that were out here today mourning Yolanda, but knowing that she had such an impact," he says.
The 34 year old was found dead in her home last Saturday. Investigators believe her husband Brian Sigler strangled her, then turned a knife on himself. He remains in the hospital recovering from his injuries. Police say he will not be charged until after he leaves.
With few answers, friends and co-workers like Kyle O'Dell and Bill Zacharias try to remember the good times.
"Every time I would see her in the hallway she would always have a smile on her face, and she was just a very positive person, would do anything for anybody," says O'Dell.
Zacharias adds, "She was into physical fitness big time. She became a certified trainer and was willing to train anybody at work free of cost."
Yolanda was buried soon afterward in a private service, with only her closest family members in attendance.
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