In a heart-rending announcement that brought tears to the eyes of many, Rep. Derrick Van Orden of Wisconsin’s 3rd District shared the devastating news of his daughter’s passing. Sydney Marie Martenis, a brave and valiant soul, fought against an aggressive form of cancer for a year until she succumbed to its merciless grip.
Please keep Wisconsin GOP Congressman Derrick Van Orden in your prayers today.
His daughter, Sydney Marie, sadly lost her yearlong battle with cancer. https://t.co/6Uzl0YDaEZ
— Proud Elephant 🇺🇸🦅 (@ProudElephantUS) August 22, 2023
With a mixture of profound grief and bittersweet joy, Rep. Van Orden and his wife, Sara Jane, shared the news of their daughter’s peaceful passing. Sydney Marie left this world surrounded by the embrace of her loving family, finding solace in the arms of the Lord.
Statement from Rep. Van Orden: pic.twitter.com/drkaUTtDvr
— Rep. Derrick Van Orden Press Office (@RepVanOrden) August 22, 2023
It is an unimaginable tragedy that no parent should have to endure. The pain and sorrow that must be etched upon the hearts of this grieving family are beyond measure. As conservatives, we send our deepest condolences to Rep. Van Orden and his family during this tragic time.
The outpouring of support and compassion shown toward the Van Orden family has been of immeasurable significance. Tender mercies from friends, loved ones, and the community have helped sustain the family through this excruciating period of their lives. It is during times like these that we witness the true strength and unity of our conservative community.
In a show of solidarity, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy expressed his condolences towards Rep. Van Orden and his family. It is heartening to see politicians put aside their differences and come together in moments of shared humanity. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Van Orden as he faces this unfathomable loss whilst continuing to serve his constituents with unwavering dedication.
Sydney Marie Martenis, although gone physically, will forever remain a cherished memory in the hearts of her family. Her smile, laughter, and spirit will be fondly remembered and celebrated. It is in moments like these that we are reminded of the fragility of life and the importance of treasuring the time we have with our loved ones.
As conservatives, let us honor Sydney Marie’s memory and support the Van Orden family during this time of immense sorrow. May we hold them in our prayers and surround them with love, knowing that even in the darkest of times, the strength of our conservative values will carry them through.