Rep. Derrick Van Orden (R-WI) announced the death of his daughter, Sydney Marie, who succumbed to cancer.
Sydney was Van Orden’s oldest daughter. The representative released the following statement on X, formally known as Twitter.
WQOW News 18 reported that Sydney “passed away after a year of battling a very aggressive form of cancer, and that she died peacefully surrounded by family.”
It is with the most profound sense of grief and joy that Sara Jane and I announce the passing of our oldest daughter, Sydney Marie (Van Orden) Martenis after a year of battling a very aggressive form of cancer.
She died peacefully surrounded by her family. We are heartbroken that we cannot share her smile and laugh in person any longer but are so thankful that she is resting with our Lord and that we were able to spend these years with her and her family.
Van Orden’s touching tribute to his daughter is a reminder of the frailty of life.
The representative shared that “Sydney is survived by grandma Virginia Whitelock, husband Chris, daughter Madelyn, sons, Charlie and Roman, father and mother Derrick and Sara Jane, Sister Abigail (Williams), brothers, Theodore and Daniel, and many uncles, aunts, and cousins.”
“Thank you for all of the tender mercies you have shown to our family. May God bless you all,” he added.
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