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Sylvia Mary Hagen


1921 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
December 8, 1921 - September 8, 2017 Sylvia Mary Hagen, age 95, passed away on September 8, 2017. Interment is pending with a private memorial service to be held at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, CA, at a later date. Sylvia was born to Dave S. and Mary Hokkane in Los Angeles, California, on December 8, 1921. She was the youngest of two children. Both parents immigrated from Finland. Sylvia graduated from UCLA in 1944 with a degree in Music and completed her credential to become a teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Sylvia was a local musician when she met her future husband, Orrin C. Hagen at a dance. They married in 1949 and settled in Whittier in 1955, where they raised their four children. They retired and moved to Santa Maria in 1983. Orrin passed away in 2010. Sylvia was an accomplished professional musician playing piano and the accordion. She worked as an accompanist for a ballet school in the city of Whittier followed by an accompanist position for the East Whittier High School District. She also played for local churches. Sylvia is survived by her son, Dennis D. Hagen and his wife Diane Sipkin of Santa Cruz, son Lynn R. Hagen of Santa Maria, son Brian W. Hagen and his wife Mine of Dana Point and daughter Laurie J. Hankins of Santa Maria. She is also survived by grandsons Eric Hankins, Koray Hagen and Altay Hagen. She had one granddaughter, Lani M. Hankins and one great-granddaughter, Annika Larmon. Sylvia embodied the Finnish term "Sisu" and it will live in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a great compassion for the most vulnerable; always a supporter of veterans support groups and the Native Americans. She was an avid supporter of the Humane Society and other animal welfare groups. She will be greatly missed by all fortunate enough to have known her. Me rakastamme sinua äidistä (We love you Mom)
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 19 to Sept. 24, 2017
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