Community Interest

An Extraordinary Woman - Sigrid Voigt

By Jon Luer and Andrea Steinebach

Many will remember SIGRID VOIGT: She and her husband Otto came from Germany to the USA in the 1990s to run the “Augusta Landhaus”, where the two spoiled their guests with German specialties.

Sigrid Voigt née Schäfer, born April 15, 1932, was an extraordinary woman and personality. As a displaced person from Löwen / Silesia, she had to stand on her own early: She worked as a young girl for one year in Iceland, and then gradually gained a foothold in Duisburg/West Germany. She married Otto Voigt on May 19, 1956. While he was working in Berlin, she made a career as an AEG (A German appliance/electronics company) board secretary in Frankfurt/Main.

When Sigrid and her husband retired, she became aware of the restaurant for sale in far-away Augusta - and was fascinated by this new project. Instead of the way her husband had hoped to lead a quiet retiree life, both embarked for the big challenge in the US — which was very interesting but also exhausting for them.

When they returned to Germany, to the small town of Ehringshausen near Alsfeld (Vogelsberg) after four years of living and working in the “Wine Country” in Missouri, she looked for a new field of activity: she went into politics and became the chairman of the “SPD” (a political party) — it became her new elixir of life! Sigrid, honored by her party as a “bridge-builder between people, cultures and generations,” left us on July 26, 2018. She followed Otto, who had passed away the previous year. We will miss her dynamism, open-mindedness, strength and especially her friendship.


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Sigrid and Otto Voigt


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This building was The Augusta Landhaus in the 1990s.