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Virginia Lee Sayre-Ziesenhenne


1931 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Virginia Lee Sayre-Ziesenhenne Obituary
March 12, 1931 - July 30, 2015

Virginia was born on March 12, 1931 to Manual and Josephine Morris in Fresno, CA.

Virginia graduated from Fresno High School and then attended Fresno State. She transferred to U.S.C. and was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. Virginia graduated from U.S.C. with a Bachelors of Music degree. She was a voice teacher for 55 years. She taught at the University of Florida in Orlando as well as schools across the United States. Virginia sang with Opera companies in the U.S. and performed concerts in Europe, Canada, the Orient and the U.S. Virginia was a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS-LA). She was the Producer of Christian Opera Production of Amahl and the Night Visitors which was performed in many cities across the U.S. and on television. She was also an adjudicator and judge for singing competitions across the U.S. Virginia has lead seminars for high schools, colleges, churches and for the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Virginia had a zest for life, music, dancing and most of all her family. She met the love of her life in 1992 at a dance class at Alpine Village. They were married in 1993 and spent 22 wonderful years together. Virginia is much loved and admired by her friends, students and family. She will be missed as she was an inspiration to all of us.
Virginia is survived by her beloved husband, Skee, her son, Jonathan Sayre, and daughter, Juliet Sayre. Her grandchildren are Tori, Lynne and Jack Sayre, Michaelene Lambert, Daniel and Courtney Lebus. Her great grandchildren are William and Blaise Lambert.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 8th at 2:00 PM at Westwood Presbyterian Church, 10822 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to NATS-LA, c/o Al Brightbill, 8 Precipice, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677-5919.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 2, 2015
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