OBITUARY

Sonja Ione (Zamzow) Yeager

April 19, 1937July 3, 2018
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Sonja Ione (Zamzow) Yeager, was born April 19, 1937 on her grandparents cherry ranch in Parker, WA in the Yakima Valley. She passed away at home in East Wenatchee on July 3, 2018, surrounded by her family following a courageous battle with cancer. Music was part of her life from the beginning. The first song she learned from her mother was “Don’t Sit under the Apple Tree”, a most appropriate song as she grew up on an apple ranch in Manson, WA near Lake Chelan. She was the oldest of three girls who all took piano lessons through grade 12. Sonja graduated from Manson High School in 1955; earned a BA Degree from CWU, Ellensburg; a Master’s Degree from University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. While at Central, she met Jerry and married in June, 1959, following graduation. Their daughter Heidi was born (Wenatchee) in 1963, and enjoyed being grandparents to Everett, Philip and Daniel.

Her teaching career included classroom and music, primarily in Wenatchee; adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University; Central Washington University; Heritage University; Quality School Trainer as a staff member of the William Glasser Institute; and a certified Orff-Schulwerk Music Clinician from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and Memphis State University, TN. She finished her career as an Elementary School Principal at Seabeck in 1992. Sonja sang with the Central Singers while in college and directed children and adult choirs for over 50 years; including being the founding director of Wenatchee “Sweet Adelines”, that later became “The Appleaires”; taught music and enjoyed directing choirs in Royal City, Columbia Elementary (Wenatchee), among others. She directed church choirs for Grace Lutheran (Wenatchee), Peninsula Lutheran (Gig Harbor), Skyline Presbyterian (Tacoma), with her final choir: The Joyful Voices Chorus of Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community, where she lived from April, 2005 until moving in with her family (East Wenatchee) in October, 2017.

She is survived by daughter Heidi Lamers (Joe); grandsons Philip and Daniel, all of East Wenatchee; grandson Everett Lamers (Alyssa), Wenatchee; sister Terrie Sharp (Jerry, died Nov., 2017), Yakima; cousins Jeff Honeycutt (Rise’), Seattle; Debbie Vaught (Dan), Woodinville; Alex Sidey (Karen), Bellevue; Regan Sidie (Rebecca), Bellevue; and Aunt Lois Sidie-Brown, Redmond; numerous Yeager brothers and sister-n-law, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Jerry in 2009; parents, Everett and Lillian (Sidie) Zamzow and sister, Judy Zamzow.

A graveside service will be held at Tahoma Cemetery, Yakima, on Monday, July 16, 2018 2018 at 1:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 1408 Washington Street in Wenatchee, on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

The family would like to thank Rhonda, Rose, Stephanie and the amazing Hospice team of CWH Home Care Services for giving Sonja compassionate and competent care over the past 5 ½ months. Thanks also to Chaplain Jamie; Rena of Tranquil Strings; longtime friends Charlene Edwards, Gi Gi Shaw and Erin Smith; Pastor Donna and the sweet and giving ladies of Grace Lutheran Church, and Pastors John and Amy Brossoit of The Living Room for being the hands and feet of Jesus to Sonja since moving home. Memorials may be made to The Living Room, 230 N Georgia Ave., East Wenatchee, WA 98802. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.keithandkeith.com.

Services

26 July

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Grace Lutheran Church

1408 Washington Street
Wenatchee, Washington 98802

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Graveside Inurnment Service Monday, July 16, 2018
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Heidi Lamers

July 17, 2018

Online memory from the Tacoma News Tribune:

July 15, 2018


So sorry for your loss. We were friends of Jerry & Sonja at The Lakes in Gig Harbor. Also, Ken's cousin used to cut their hair in Wenatchee, Ed Tupling. She was a great LADY, and we will always remember her. May God Bless you and ease the pain in your hearts in time.



Janet & Ken Weller, Gig Harbor, WA

Heidi Lamers

July 17, 2018

Online memory from the Tacoma News Tribune:

July 13, 2018


Please accept my condolences for the loss of your loved one. I was saddened to hear of Sonya's passing. We met in the mid to late '70s when she and I joined the Evergreen Orff Chapter as a founding member. We played, sang and learned together in many workshops and courses (some in Minneapolis & Memphis) for music teachers, and later taught together at Seattle Pacific University in their Orff Schulwerk training courses.
Sonja was always the sweetest person in the world. Everyone loved her. She loved sharing music with her students, and always did so with heartfelt joy. The last time we worked together was to plan sessions for the Carl Orff Canada National Conference held in the early '90s. I will cherish the time we spent together, and I trust that you will, in time remember her without any pain but solely with love.



Shelley Nordlund, Seattle, WA

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Biography

Sonja Ione (Zamzow) Yeager was born April 19, 1937, to Everett F. Zamzow and Lillian (Sidie) Zamzow, on her grandparents cherry ranch in Parker, WA in the Yakima Valley. She passed away at home in East Wenatchee, WA on July 3, 2018, surrounded by her family following a courageous battle with cancer.

Music was part of her life from the beginning. The first song she learned from her mother was “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” a most appropriate song as she grew up on an apple ranch in Manson, WA near Lake Chelan. She was the oldest of three girls who all took piano lessons through grade 12. Sonja’s first lesson was at age 5, at 50 cents per lesson. As an Apple Blossom Princess, she performed Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” at the 1955 festival coronation program with her teacher, Dr. Walter Hartley, playing the orchestral part on the organ. She graduated from Manson High School in 1955; earned a BA Degree from CWU (then Central Washington College of Education), Ellensburg; a M.Ed. Degree from University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. While at Central, she met and later married Jerry in June, 1959, following graduation. Daughter, Heidi, was born in 1963, and they enjoyed being grandparents to Everett, Philip and Daniel.

Her teaching career included classroom and music, primarily in Wenatchee; adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University; Central Washington University; Heritage University; Quality School Trainer as a staff member of the William Glasser Institute; and a certified Orff-Schulwerk Music Clinician from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN; and Memphis State University, TN. She finished her career as an Elementary School Principal in 1992.

Sonja sang with the Central Singers with director, Dr. Wayne Hertz; worked with Roger Wagner on “Verdi’s Requiem” at a summer workshop in Greeley; and sang in many choirs. She directed children and adult choirs for over 50 years, including being founding director of Wenatchee “Sweet Adelines,” which later became “The Appleaires.” She taught music and enjoyed directing choirs in Royal City, Columbia Elementary (Wenatchee); among others. She also taught private piano. She directed church choirs including Grace Lutheran (Wenatchee); Peninsula Lutheran (Gig Harbor); Skyline Presbyterian (Tacoma); with her last choir: “Joyful Voices Chorus” at Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community (TLRC), where she lived from April, 2005 until moving in with her family (East Wenatchee) in October, 2017.

Sonja presented music and education workshops throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Burnaby, B.C., and Baltimore, MD. She enjoyed serving as a Bible Study Leader; a Stephen Minister Leader Trainer, and giving occasional motivational workshops. She used her God-given talents to bring joy to many through music and Bible studies and was a source of inspiration, encouragement and motivation with her enthusiasm and positive attitude. She was a natural leader who strived to bring out the best in people.

She is survived by daughter, Heidi Lamers (Joe); grandsons Philip and Daniel, all of East Wenatchee; grandson Everett Lamers (Alyssa), Wenatchee; sister, Terrie Sharp (Jerry - died Nov. 2017), Yakima; cousins Jeff Honeycutt (Rise’), Seattle; Debbie Vaught (Dan); Woodinville; Alex Sidey (Karen), Bellevue; Regan Sidie (Rebecca), Bellevue; and Aunt Lois Sidie-Brown, Redmond; Yeager brothers and sister-in-law; numerous Yeager nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband, Jerry, in 2009; parents Everett and Lillian (Sidie) Zamzow; sister, Judy Zamzow; and numerous aunts and uncles.

A graveside service will be held at Tahoma Cemetery, 1802 Tahoma Ave., Yakima, on Monday, July 16, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 1408 Washington St., Wenatchee on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements are by Keith and Keith Funeral Home, Yakima.

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