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Sabine C. Savedge

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Sabine C. Savedge Obituary
Sabine C. Savedge, age 76, died on Thursday, June 7, in Newport News, Virginia after a long, courageous battle with cancer. By her side to help her onward in her journey was her loving daughter, Shirley and her best friend, Danette Reca, whom she lovingly referred to as her Guardian Angel, as well as her beloved dogs, Miss Daisy, Patches, and Nikki. To the end, she was mentally sharp keeping her great sense of humor. She had uncommon faith, love, grace and dignity throughout her trials. Sabine was born December 11, 1941 in Berlin, Germany. She married Gilliam Barbour in 1961 and her first job was at Checkpoint Charlie working in clothing manufacturing during WWII. She arrived in the United States in 1964 bringing a new baby girl. Sabine proudly became an American citizen in 1964 and was much devoted to her new country. She began working at BE-LO Markets in Norfolk, specifically in the meat department for many years. During this period of her life, Sabine endured many personal trials as well as becoming a single parent. She committed herself to Alcoholics Anonymous in 1979 embracing the program with her whole heart and soul. Sabine began a career at United Electric on Warwick boulevard in 1983 quickly working her way up to showroom manager for 13 years where she met and fell in love with Arthur M. Savedge of Savedge Electric. They married on October 6, 1990. Arthur preceeded her in death in 2008. Theirs was truly a love story that happens once in a lifetime. Sabine will be remembered by her family and friends for her lovely demeanor, grace and sense of style. More importantly, she was a woman of quiet strength, character and resilience. Her sense of humor through her most trying times never failed her. Her faith in God only became stronger as her illness progressed. She knew, with all her heart, God's will be done. Her courage, tenacity and living "One Day at a Time" became her motto. She never blamed God for her lot in this life: she lived her life and praised him daily. Sabine wanted her dear friends of her Home Group of Fort Monroe to know how much they were loved by her. Her sharing of her experiences, strengths and hopes went far and was heard by many. She was much loved and admired for living the new life shown her beginning that day in March of 1979. She recently celebrated her 39th year with the same group. Her wise words will forever echo the rooms and to those whom she touched. She was much respected and respectful of all. She was a positive life force for everyone whom walked through the doors of AA. She especially wishes them to remember this: "Whatever troubles or joys you are experiencing, this too, shall pass…" A special thank you to Dr. Elizabeth Harden of Virginia Oncology Associates and staff whom treated Sabine for the last 10 years. Also, a thank you to the host of caregivers from Riverside Hospice who provided her with the utmost care and dignity through her transition. Sabine is survived by her daughter, Shirley Ochoa and husband, Jose, four beautiful grandchildren: Christina Kincaid and husband, Chase, Susana Ochoa and fiance, Alexis Torres, Josephina Ochoa and Edward Ochoa, all who live in North Carolina. She is also survived by her brother, Peter Schoeler and wife, Leony of Canada; and nephew, George Savedge, Jr. and wife, Hope of the Peninsula. A Celebration of her Life will be held on Friday, June 15, at 7:00 pm at the Weymouth Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Chris Gourley. A private interment will be held by family members in Surry, Virginia. At her request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Animal Aid Society on Butler Farm Road or to the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter on Jefferson Avenue. Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home.
Published in Daily Press on June 13, 2018
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