Nadia Lerios Wenger
Sept. 9, 1921-Jan. 25, 2012
Westlake Village, California
Nadia Lerios Wenger Sept. 9, 1921 - Jan. 25, 2012
Our beloved Nadia was a beautiful, talented woman, wife, mother and grandmother. She was the anchor of her family.
The youngest of three siblings, she was born and raised in San Francisco to Charles and Elizabeth Coury. She became an accomplished singer in the '40s and '50s singing under the name of Nadia Cannon. She worked with a lot of San Francisco's up-and-coming talents: Dave Brubeck, Merv Griffen and Tony Bennet to name a few. She sang on ABC radio and had her own local TV show in San Francisco on KGO called "Tips, Quips and Tunes," but eventually left the business to enjoy her role as housewife and mother to her children.
She created a picture-perfect life for her family; warm beautifully decorated homes, lovely family gatherings, stunning dinner parties for friends, (lobster thermador was her specialty) and she was always fashionably dressed to the nines.
Around the time that she turned 50, she picked up a paint brush and started painting primarily in oil. It was unbelievable how she effortlessly created her own gallery of beautiful paintings over the years. Before that, no one in her family had a clue as to what a talented artist she was. She never cared to sell any of her work, even though many people inquired. She would just enter contests and win blue ribbon after blue ribbon. That was enough. She continued to paint until she was about 80 years old.
Nadia was an avid golfer and member of the beautiful Silverado Country Club in Napa, Calif. After being widowed for a second time she moved to Westlake Village, Calif., in 2002 to be near her family. She loved her new house and she loved having all of her children and grandchildren visit frequently. She also adored her little white poodle, Desiree, who never left her side -- right up to her last breath.
Nadia loved life a lot. She had an incredible sense of humor, loved the Lakers, was a huge USC football fan, and in later years found great joy in the Discovery Channel and Entertainment tonight. She was very sensible, extremely logical, stubborn from time to time, but very caring. She also had perfect pitch. In a word she was "elegant."
She will forever be in all of our hearts.
Bless you "Mama," "Ya Ya," "Mummy," "Grammers," from your loving family, Cory and Maria Lerios, Andrea Bredesen, Paige Lerios, Grandchildren; Charley Alexander, and Andrew, Michael and Demitri Lerios and your brother Chan Coury.