Sidney Ann (Rissmann) McDonald
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McDONALD Sidney Ann (Rissmann) McDonald, age 54, of Gahanna, Saturday, February 2, 2008 at her residence. Sidney was very active in the Gahanna community through her affiliation with the Mifflin Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher. Since 1976, she had a successful career as a special Education Teacher. Since 1987 she has been with the Reynoldsburg School System. She is survived by her loving husband of 28 years, David Prescott McDonald; their son, Jason David McDonald of Gahanna; her mother, Glendolyn Rissmann; a brother, Scott (Jane) Rissmann; a sister, Dr. Stacie Rissmann-Joyce all of Davenport, Iowa; brother-in-law, John (Cindy) McDonald; sister-in-law, Ellen (Mike) Wheelock; nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the SCHOEDINGER NORTHEAST CHAPEL, 1051 East Johnstown Road, Gahanna, where a Celebration of Life Service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2008, with Pastor Stephanie Boaz, officiating. Private family interment. Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 3740 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard OH 43026, in her memory. Please visit to share a memory or to send a condolence. "Sign the online guestbook at"

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2008.
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February 20, 2008
Our dear, sweet Sid! I had the privilege of having Sid for my Delta Zeta pledge sister at the Univ. of Wisconsin - La Crosse. What a goof-ball! Sid made everything fun. During our most difficult times, she was a beautiful ray of sunshine to brighten us all and get us giggling. Such a bundle of energy! No wonder God wants her there with Him. My sympathy to Sid's family during this difficult time.
Pat Broderick (Malsack)
February 11, 2008
My deepest condolences to Sid's family members. I went to high school with Sid. She was a tiny little bundle of bright, happy energy. It's never easy to lose a loved one. May you find comfort in knowing her time on this earth was well spent and her purpose fulfilled. Peace.
Rhonda Bridges (Pinczer)
February 6, 2008
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sid had an infectious laugh and sparkle that lit up a room. How wonderful to be able to share your life with such a positive person. Sid truly blessed us all. Bless you all.
Nancy Schricker (Haughenberry)
February 6, 2008
I remember Sid from Sunday School at First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, Iowa. She was nice and kind to everyone. She will be missed.
Jo Lynn (Bond) Dumoulin
February 6, 2008
I'm so sorry for your loss. I went to school with Sid from McKinley School, Sudlow, and Central. Always remembered her smiling.
Sandy Speer (Vestal)
February 6, 2008
Dear David, Jason, Glendolyn, Scott, Stacie and family,
Our very deepest sympathy to you in your loss. Sid and I were backyard neighbors and friends for years. She was always so happy and brought smiles to so many. We pray for your strength, and we give thanks for the blessing of just knowing Sid. God Bless you all. Love and our deepest sympathy, Nancy Irwin Schroeder, Rosemary Irwin, and all the Irwins.
Nancy Irwin Schroeder
February 5, 2008
My sympathies to all of Sid's family. I was a high school classmate of Sid's at CHS, in fact Sid and I went to Homecoming Dance together our sophomore year. She was a terrific girl and I will always have fond memories of her.
May Peace be with you all.
JIm Baustian
February 5, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Linda (Newman) Stevens
February 5, 2008
It's hard to believe that the last time I saw Sidney's smiling face she was directing traffic at Herbert Mills Elementary so I could get out in my school bus. We last shared a chuckle and a smile when I told her how old we both were getting since my daughter, one of her students back in fourth grade, had graduated and was now working. I will cherish that memory as much as I always will cherish the difference she made in my child's life as a Special Education teacher at Rosehill Elementary. I hope you rest in peace Sid, knowing that you touched and made a real difference in the lives of many in Reynoldsburg City Schools. Thank you. From Lynsey Johnson, one of her students: Mrs. McDonald was such a helpful teacher when I was in her class. She always had a smile on her face and her spirit was awesome. I will miss her deeply.
Lori and Lynsey Johnson
February 5, 2008
To Sid's family

I offer my condolences to you.
I will remember you all in my ptayers.

I will treasure the memories about the times I shared with her at 1st Pres church, McKinley, and Sudlow. I always thought highly of her.

Cindy Savery
Cindy Savery
February 5, 2008
So sorry for your loss. Class of 71. Joann Troup
Joann Troup
February 5, 2008
My deepest sympathies to your family from a childhood girlfriend.
Have many fond memories of playtimes and teenie bopping with Sid.
Holly Bohl Beer
February 4, 2008
Daivd and Jason,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sid was such a good friend who we learned so much from--we will cherish our times together and have so many wonderful memories! She was such an inspiration to her students and to others. She now no longer suffers and is at peace with God enjoying those Pepsi's that she so loved!! Heaven is a happier place now that Sid is there!
Rick, Leesa and Austin Moman
February 4, 2008
Mrs. McDonald was my teacher in the 3rd and 4th grade at Rosehill. She was an awesome teacher and made school fun for some of us who had a harder time at school. We were lucky to have her.
Mike Yost
February 4, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss. My family and I will keep you and your family in our prayers. Please know that God is with Sidney and her family.
Michael Newcomb
February 4, 2008
Reynoldsburg will miss a great voice for children with special needs.
We served on numerous Sp Ed committees together
Sharon Mills
February 4, 2008
Dear David and Jason,
I am so sorry for your loss. She loved both of you dearly. She was a wonderful teacher and loved working with her students. She showed me a great deal about teaching, so many years ago. She will be sadly missed. I will keep you guys in my prayers.
Janie Corrigan
February 4, 2008
Dear Sid ----
I hope your voyage on the Magellin was a pleasant as you anticipated! Love, Pc
Pat & Dave Cater
February 4, 2008
Dave and Jason,
Our sincere condolences to you in this time of such tremendous loss. We will be praying for all of you.

Bonnie and Rick Fultz
Bonnie Fultz
February 3, 2008

Sorry to learn of your loss. I will be praying for you and your family.

Sam Richwine, Jr.
Sam Richwine, Jr.
February 3, 2008
I am at a loss for words to express to you how much Sid meant to me and what she has added to my life. Please know that our thoughts are with you at this difficult time, Sid will live on in all of us.
Cody & Matt
February 3, 2008
I'm praying for you and your family. So sorry for your loss, but am grateful you had many wonderful years together. Just try to keep in mind that the Holy Spirit "will not leave you comfortless: He will come to you". (John 14:18). That's a promise from God, and He won't let you down. With blessings and love, Chuck Rice
Chuck Rice
February 3, 2008
Sidney...the "Fun One" you will live on forever in our hearts.
We will miss you.
Scotty, Jane, Sierra and Seth
Scott and Jane Rissmann
February 3, 2008
To all of Sid's family,
There was never a more dedicated, loving, caring friend and Special Education teacher to work with kids than Sid. I will always have fond memories of our first year of teaching together at RJHS, becoming close friends, and all the times she and I spent together sharing the good and the toughest of times. I'm thankful that her physical battles are over - she deserves the peace and contentment she now has in the arms of Jesus.
Love and prayers to you all.
Martha Hahn
February 3, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family....Perge!...Press On!
Bill Pannell
February 3, 2008
Dear David and Jason:

Thank you for taking such good care of Sid. You two were her life. Sincerely, Marybeth
Marybeth Friske
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