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Powell Widow Mourns Death of Man Who Fell Through the Ice

COLUMBUS (Adam Slinger/Kate Liebers) -- The widow of the 74-year-old man who fell into an icy Powell pond Tuesday remembered the impact her husband had on Columbus.

Renee Allespach said Siegbert "Ziggy" Allespach, her husband of 46 years, was a well-known chef and mentor in Columbus. He was also a father, grandfather, photographer, and dog lover.

"The dog was his buddy," Renee said. "He was lying in front of the door all last night, waiting for him to come back."

It was during a walk with his dog, Roscoe, that Siegbert took a fatal step onto a frozen pond.

Investigators said Siegbert was walking around Meadowview Park when the dog broke free. The man chased the dog onto the frozen pond, where he fell through the ice.

Officials believe he was under water for at least 20 minutes before emergency crews were able to pull him from the pond. He died less than two hours later in the hospital, officials said. 

"Life is not always the way we plan it," Renee said. "We have to work through it."

She said she would miss having someone by her side every day. She said that her husband had retired 20 years ago; instead of cooking for everyone in Columbus, he focused his life and meals on just one person.

"I have to accept that there's a time in our life when we have to say goodbye to our best friend, to the person we love the most, and we have to keep going," she said.

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