By Marj Frew
Almost 21 years ago, in January of 1999, Susan Sigman began working at the Farm Service Agency in Martin. This year, on December 31, she will be officially retired. “I don’t have any plans,” she says. “I’m just going to take the time off and enjoy family, doing what I want to do, when I want to do it!”
Susan’s family includes two daughters and one son. Her daughter, Tina Sigman and Gene Standing Bear, have four children, and live in Martin.
Her daughter, Debbie and Jeremiah Cano, have three children, and live in Sturgis.
Her son, Dean and Shawna Sigman, also have three children, and also live in Sturgis.
One of Susan’s favorite hobbies is quilting, and she hopes to have more time to make quilts and wall hangings. Now she will have the time to spend on them as she chooses.
Prior to working at the FSA office, Susan worked at K&M Market for about six years, one year at LaCreek REA, and 18 years at Security First Bank.
Susan’s responsibilities at the FSA office throughout the years included Marketing Assistance Loans, NAP, Risk Management compliance, office administration and the Market Facilitation Program.
Others in her office added that she always helped out with anything that was needed.
FSA County Executive Director Mike Goetzinger added “There’s a reason why Sue sits at the very first desk as you come in. She has a pleasant attitude, and has a cheerful, happy manner. We will certainly miss her.”
An open house was held in her honor on Friday, December 27, with many friends stopping by to wish her a “Happy Retirement.”