Draper Mortuary



18 May, 195617 July, 2010

Vivian Lingg Sizemore was a first generation German-American. Her parents, Rudy Josef and Christine Fuhrmann Lingg, emigrated from Germany and were married in 1955. Vivian was born in Dallas, Texas on May 18, 1956. Rudolph and Christine quickly left Texas for the more agreeable climate of Southern California. The family settled in Culver City and two years later her sister, Charlotte, was born. Vivian loved the arts, playing the piano and the accordion, dancing in ballet and gymnastics classes, and enjoyed the theatre. She attended Farragut Elementary, Culver City Junior High School and Notre Dame Academy for Girls. Vivian, aspiring to work in child protective services, achieved an A.S. in Administration of Justice from West Los Angeles College and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University Los Angeles in 1980. Vivian and Dana Sizemore began dating in 1974. After a two year engagement, Vivian and Dana were married on September 3, 1977 and moved to an apartment in Alhambra. While still attending college, she worked in retail security during the early years of their marriage. In 1980, the couple bought a home in Ontario California in hopes of starting a family. Vivian gave birth to Jonathan Josef on September 7, 1980 and fourteen months later she gave birth to Lane Alexandria on November 24, 1981. Vivian, desiring to have all of her children before the age of 30, gave birth to Drew Martin on July 27, 1984 and Matthew William on May 9, 1986. These were some of the most joyful years of her life. Once all her children were old enough to attend school, Vivian began working at St. Mark’s as a teacher’s assistant and drama teacher. At St. Mark’s, she was able to realize her goal of working with children and fell in love with teaching drama. She eventually left St. Mark’s and began a new job working as an administrative assistant at Pomona College in 2000 where she made many lifelong friends. On December 26, 2000, Jonathan Josef died while in military service, leaving the family and Vivian in great sadness. It was during this time Vivian took comfort in her faith. She continued to work at Pomona College until March of 2008, when she was diagnosed with cancer. She battled cancer for two and half years. She passed away with loved ones present at Kaiser Hospital in Fontana California on July 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm. We pray she now joins her son, Jonathan, her family, friends and all the company of heaven with whom she may find peace forever. Vivian is survived by her husband, three children, her mother and her sister.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vivian Sizemore Memorial Fund. Checks payable to St. Mark's Episcopal Church with Vivian Sizemore on Memo Line


  • Viewing

    Wednesday, 21 July , 2010

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, 22 July , 2010



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Karen Wiltrout

26 July 2010

Vivian was a very bright light wherever she was, her worth immeasurable, her faith exemplary, her friendship irreplaceable, her loving kindness and grace, truly a gift from God.

My deepest heartfelt sympathies to all who loved and shared in her life. Having lost my own "Father" just 24 hours prior to the passing of Vivian, I share in your grief and will surely cling the to the precious memories we shared together. Thankfully, they are never more than a beautiful thought away!

Viv, you enriched and blessed my life during some of the most difficult times of my life. For all of the times we shared, thank you! You were so easy to love, such a "godly woman" at all times. You will be missed tremendously! Jon, take care of her till we all meet again on that special day......

Thank you for the memories we all keep in our hearts never to be forgotten.....

Chantal Sulier

23 July 2010

Sizemore Family-

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. I love you all so much and am blessed to have known, loved and been apart of your family. You are a special family and can't imagine the pain you must feel losing Vivian. She was a pillar of stregth and hope which I admired. I know that she and Jon are together smiling, laughing and singing, and as much as it hurts to lose Vivian, it warms my heart knowing she is with Jon and God, healthy and no longer hurting.

I love you all. You will be kept in my prayers. Vivian will be missed greatly.

Love always

Asa Kim

23 July 2010

I know there is a height requirement to be part of the Sizemore clan and I thank you for taking pity on me and accepting me as part of the extended family. Mama Sizemore was my anchor when Jon passed and she kept me grounded all these years. I know they are both in a better place looking down on us now...

I miss you so very much. Your strength, joy, determination and spirit has inspired me to become a better person. This world is already a lesser place without you...

In the great immortal words of Vivian Sizemore: "I'm sending you a BIG HUG!"

22 July 2010

We have many memories of Vivian and your family. We became good friends when our children attended St. Mark's together. Paul learned how to ride a bike at your house. He improved his swimming skills in your pool. Paul and Jonathan were good buddies in kindergarten and 1st grade and this is how I became friends with Vivian. I am so sorry she is gone and was devastated to hear that Jonathan had died. She will be missed by all. Patricia, Sara, and Paul Tilbian.

Gary Kelly

22 July 2010

Vivian, you were one of the brightest lights God ever created and I am going to miss you beyond what I can express in words. I always enjoyed spending time hanging out at your desk, sharing laughs and stories about our families. The courage and faith you demonstrated through your fight with cancer was inspirational. You are truly loved.

22 July 2010

Elaine Baker

22 July 2010

Dane, Matt, Drew, Lane, Michael and Aileen,

I will miss Vivian, your Wife and Mom … so very, very much.

What a wonderful friend she was. She was such a zealous, loving and caring human being. Her accepting nature made it so easy for me to share my thoughts and my life with her. She was such a good listener. She had the gift to know just what a person needed. I learned a lot from your mom.

She always talked about her family. She loved you guys beyond words. When one of you kids would ring her on her cell at work … she would physically light up. Her voice and her whole body expression would turn to joy … no matter what the workday held. When she would tell the story of how she met Dane … her eyes would sparkle and you could tell she was reliving all her “ice rink courtship” memories. To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven … and her home was wherever you guys where.

I can still hear her usual and exuberant greeting, “Hey, you!” All she would have to do is flash that wonderfully huge smile with that twinkle in her eye and you just couldn’t help but feel happy too.

She will forever live in my heart and in my memory because her gift of friendship, love and lessons have touched my life forever.

Love always to you all,


"The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own."

Santiago Ybarra

21 July 2010

Vivian, you will be missed beyond imagination. I will miss being able to call you from the road, I always felt better after hearing your voice. I still remember you trying to get me to try Emril's on Tchoupitoulas in New Orleans. I promise you I will learn how to pronounce that.

21 July 2010

Vivian was an important part of both the St. Mark's School and St. Mark's Church. I enjoyed her singing in the choir, her 8th grade plays, and her warmth with the students, including my grandson. She has been in our prayers for several years, and we will miss her.
Nancy Sjoholm

Cynthia Ford

21 July 2010

Dear Lane, I am so sorry for you loss. I had the opportunity to meet your mother and father one time when they came to view our house with you and your husband. Just in the hour that I spent with her I knew she was a warm and wonderful woman who loved her family dearly. You and your family are in our prayers and I pray that you find peace in knowing that you were able to enjoy her for so many years and comfort knowing that she no longer suffering.
Cynthia and Derrick Ford

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