Louise Margaret Vajda (nee Mastaglio)

Louise Margaret Vajda (nee Mastaglio)

April 30, 1923 - December 30, 2018
St. Louis, Missouri

Louise M. Vajda

Louise Margaret Mastaglio was born on April 30, 1923, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was the youngest of four children born to Hugo and Mary Mastaglio, who immigrated here from Germany.

From an early age, Louise's life was music. She played the cello and sang coloratura soprano. The height of her singing career was performing as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the age of 18. In 1943, Louise moved to St. Louis to sing in KFUO Radio's Lutheran Hour Choir and write continuity for the station. It was at a Concordia Seminary choir concert that she spied a tall, handsome tenor with an unpronounceable name. In June of 1945, Jaroslav and Louise wed, and thus began a partnership that would marry worship, words, and music for 63 years.

Louise was always creating. She was known for the hundreds of Christmas cookies and pizzelles she baked and shared every year. In her 60s, her love of sewing led her to quilting. When Jaroslav began writing hymns, she became his sounding board, calling herself the "person in the pew." In her 90s, she learned the craft of screenwriting and co-wrote two screenplays based on her experiences growing up as the daughter of German immigrants during the Depression.

Louise considered her family her greatest blessing. She was devoted to her children, Susan (Hank), Jeremy (Paula), Timothy (Yupa), and Deborah. She was the proud grandmother of Daniel (Dionna), Joel (Heather), Jonathan (Erin), Rachel (John), Andrea (Brent), and August, and the proud great-grandmother of Gramm, Sam, Brynn, Elsa, Camille, Otto, Mary Louise, Vivian, and twin brothers Carson and Dustin.

Those who knew Louise were moved by her selflessness and sacrifice. In her role as a pastor's wife and as a 30-year survivor of breast cancer, Louise provided empathy, support, and comfort to anyone who needed it. She was so approachable that strangers in waiting rooms and grocery-store check-out lines would strike up conversations and soon be confiding their troubles.

Toward the end of her life, Louise was always cold. When you'd walk in the door to visit, she'd burst into a big smile, hug you, and take your hands in hers. "Oh," she'd say. "You're so warm."

May we return the compliment.

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Memorial Visitation Saturday January 5, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Laclede Groves Chapel
723 S. Laclede Station Road Webster Groves, Missouri 63119

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Memorial Service Saturday January 5, 2019
11:00 am -
Laclede Groves Chapel
723 S. Laclede Station Road Webster Groves, Missouri 63119

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Susan, Your mom and dad were so talented and used their talents to glorify God. They were always so friendly and had kind words to say. Our prayers go out to you and your family. The awesome thing is that your mom and dad are now praising God with music in person! May we continue here on Earth. Dave and Sara Schoedel
-David W Schoedel

Offering my deepest condolences at this time. May you find comfort in knowing that your dear loved one is resting now...merely sleeping and that soon Rev. 21:1-4 and Psalms 37:29 will be a reality....that soon we'll be able to see our loved ones again in a paradise no longer plagued with death, tears or pain. "The former things will have passed away."

Dear Vajda family, I am so sorry for your loss but happy for Louise that she got her wish to move to the next life. I know she was ready like my dad was ready last August. They are in a better place now where there is no pain and no old age! You all know how special Louise was, not only for her many talents but for the good person she was. I was lucky to have her in my life for over 30 years, first as a mother-in-law and later as a wondeful grandmother to my children. I could not begin to list all the good things she has done for me and for my children. One of the kindest things was her comfort and support during my own ordeal with breast cancer. Having lived through breast cancer herself, she was my sounding board and my advocate. She took care of my small girls during my treatments and prepared many meals for my family during those difficult months. I could never thank her enough for all she did to help me through that time. Louise was an amazing grandmother to Rachel and Andrea. She retired from her job at Concordia Publishing House to help take care of baby Rachel when I went back to work. She sewed Rachel and Andrea countless matching outfits and taught them both to sew, helping each of them make a quilt. She patiently baked with them, teaching them the tricks and techniques of the most perfect Christmas cookies and pizzelles. She created beautiful and delicious birthday cakes for their birthdays and always gave the best gifts. I hope you can find comfort in the knowledge that there is part of her in each of you. She lives on in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and in the many other lives she touched with her beauty and kindness. Peace and love, Teresa Corcoran
-Teresa Corcoran

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