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Olive Patricia Varga Obituary
Olive Patricia Varga
February 7, 1927-
March 5, 2013

On March 5, 2013, Olive Patricia Varga passed away peacefully after suffering a stroke. She was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the Univ. of Pittsburg and received her Masters Degree in Nursing from the Univ. of Chicago. In 1951, she met her future husband, Dr. Alexander Varga at the Univ. of Chicago where he was completing his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. They married on July 18, 1953 and continued to live in Chicago until Dr. Varga completed his residency. He entered the U.S. Navy as a medical Officer in 1957 and they moved to Bethesda, Maryland. Olive retired from nursing to begin work on building their new family. They had their first daughter named Patricia in 1957. In 1959 they moved to California where her husband became associated with The USC School of Medicine and established a private practice in OB/GYN and Cytopathology in nearby San Marino. In the early 1960's, Olive was very busy raising her family - Clayton was born in 1958, Alex in 1961 and Cindy in 1964. Olive became involved in many notable Southern California organizations which included: USC Faculty Wives, ARCS, KCET, Haven House, Huntington Library docent program, San Marino League, Pasadena Symphony where she was also a President, L.A. Opera Guild, Club 100 of the Los Angeles Music Center, a Founding Member of the Blue Ribbon Committee, International Committee and one dear to her heart, the Dorothy Kirsten French Foundation for Alzheimers. She was also a social member at Annandale Golf Club and a member of the San Marino Community Church where she taught Sunday school during the 1960s and 1970s. Above all, Olive was an extremely energetic woman with a deep love of the arts that included the opera and symphony, which she regularly attended with her husband, and for which she devoted so much time and effort during her association with the Music Center and Disney Hall in Los Angeles. She was a special woman with many talents, and she will be greatly missed by her husband of sixty years, her family and many friends. She is survived by her husband Dr. Alexander Varga, her four children, Patricia, Clayton, Alex and Cindy, her five grandchildren, Alex, Emerick, Ryan, Lauren and Gabriela, and her son-in-law James Sabin and her daughters-in-law Tomiko, Linda, and Mihaela.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Apr. 2, 2013
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