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In Memoriam

We honor our beloved sisters whose contributions to our sisterhood, 
to music, and to Sigma Alpha Iota will always be remembered.

Shirley Nordin Decker

Shirley Nordin Decker passed away at the age of 87 on October 10, 2017. She was initiated into SAI, Sigma Sigma Chapter, in 1951. She held a B.A. in Music, and her instrument was Violin. She held the Sword of Honor, Service to the Chapter, Rose of Honor, and 50-Year member honors. Shirley served our chapter in a variety of officer and supporting roles.  Her obituary noted this:  "lifelong violinist and pianist: four years with the Atlanta Symphony; Concertmaster at Lakewood College for many years; member of both St. Paul and Minneapolis Civic Orchestras; the Nicollet [did weddings], Wayside, and other Quartets. Member of Sigma Alpha Iota and Thursday Musical. Music was her joy, and shared joy. Tended her flowering gardens daily. Interested in and cared for Nature. Spoke Norwegian. Signed all Ramsey County birth certificates around 1960."

Pat (Meile) Manning (1927-2017)

Pat Manning passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on January 8, 2017 in her Mahtomedi home.  Manning was a member of several professional organizations in addition to Sigma Alpha Iota including the American Guild of Organists, American Choir Directors Organization, and the U of M School of Music Alumni.  She served as an organist and choir director at five different churches in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area throughout her working career. 

Ann Schrader (1914-2013)

Ann was an amazing person. She was Province President for many years and always so supportive of SAI contributing to the alum group in many ways. Growing up in the Anoka area where Ann was an English teacher at Anoka Junior High, I had many contacts with her. My older sister, Laurel, actually had her for a teacher. I was friends and a fellow flute player with her daughter Judy, who studied with SAI alum, Mary Wilson. Judy and I were in band together. Her other daughter, Cindy, was friends with my older sister. Ann was very supportive of the very active arts community in the Anoka area from which I benefitted. When I joined SAI as a Sigma Sigma in 1970 both Ann and my former choir teacher, Ruth Hallenberg, were members so I felt right at home. I feel fortunate that I was able to perform as part of the SAI alum program at the Farmstead in Andover for Ann as a tribute to her leadership and her love of SAI.
- tribute by Sylvia Wilson