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Geraldine Helen Decker

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March 11, 1931 - June 14, 2013
Geraldine H Decker, born Geraldine H Rice in The Bronx, New York, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, star of stage and screen, educator and voice teacher, died on Friday, June 14, 2013 after a long battle with diabetes and resulting complications. She was 82. Decker attended Corvallis High School, a Catholic girls high school, located in Studio City from 1945 to 1949. Her high school yearbooks extolled her heavenly voice as she participated in choir and drama programs. Her singing and acting career began at age 40 after her boys were grown and out of the house. As an alto-contralto opera singer, Decker's range of voice opened many doors for her and allowed her interesting and significant roles from Mother Superior in Sound of Music to Erda (Earth Mother) in Wagner's Ring Cycle, and the Wicked Witch in Hansel and Gretel. She delighted her fans coast to coast as she performed various projects, most notably Disney Pictures, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Ventura County Symphony, California Lutheran College, Guild Opera Company, LA Civic Light Opera, Long Beach Opera, Seattle Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Opera San Jose, New York Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall. She also performed several projects in Europe. Decker taught voice to students of all ages and also taught at Pepperdine University in Malibu for several years. She lived in the Oxnard area for over 50 years. Her final live performance was held at Evergreen Assisted Living, San Jose, CA in 2010. Geraldine was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Howard and is survived by her two sons, Wayne and Dirk, their wives Lana and Judy, grandchildren Brandon, Kati, Alex and great grandson Erik.
Memorial services will be held in Oxnard, CA 93033 on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 2pm. RSVP with Attend in Subject Line to [email protected] if you plan to attend and you will be emailed location. Peruse photos and leave comments at http://www.koolsitez.com/gerrid. In lieu of flowers, make donations in memory of Geraldine Decker to the (https://donations.diabetes.org)
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 7, 2013
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