CA: Transition to Retirement

Margery Mayer (Voutsas) in retirement in Carmel Highlands, CA, circa 1977.

Margery Mayer (Voutsas) in retirement in Carmel Highlands, CA, circa 1977.

In retirement Mayer continued teaching voice, as well as singing as a soloist in her church and in the Monterey peninsula music group, Piano Plus. She taught her great-grandsons to find Middle C on the piano when they turned two. She also did couture sewing, gardening and water color, and continued to extend her trademark hospitality to friends new and old.

Her zest for music and dramatic flair were still on view at her surprise 90th birthday party when she reprised her Carmen role by teasing guests with a full and warm rendition of L’amour, L’amour!

Memorial Contributions

Margery Mayer Voutsas is survived by her two sons, two granddaughters and six great-grandsons. She was predeceased by her sister and by her three husbands, Dietrich George Berthold, Sigvart J. Steen, and George Voutsas.

The family requests that memorial gifts be made to Wagner College for the Margery Mayer and Sigvart J Steen Music Award.


A donation to the Award at Wagner College can be made by mail a or online by clicking on the highlighted title below. This link will transfer you to the location on the Wagner College website where contributions of various types can be made. Locate the section “About Your Gift” and then please select Other as the “Gift Designation” type and be sure to specify the Award name as follows:

The Margery Mayer and Sigvart J Steen Music Award

Obituaries for Margery Mayer (Steen) (Voutsas)


Margery Mayer Voutsas, 1918-2014

Chicago-raised opera singer performed title role in 'Carmen' 30 times
By Joan Giangrasse Kates, Special to the Tribune
Posted: May 28, 2014, The Chicago Tribune

New York

Margery Mayer Voutsas 
1918 - 2014

Posted: May 31 – June 1, 2014, The New York Times

In memoriam: Retired music professor Margery Mayer Steen Posted: May 19, 2014, The Wagnerian, Wagner College

Margery Mayer, 96 Posted: May 20, 2014, The Staten Island Advance


Margery Mayer Voutsas
1918 - 2014
Posted: June 6 to 8, 2014, Monterey County, The Herald

Margery Mayer Voutsas March 29, 1918 – May 12, 2014 Posted: June 6, 2014, The Carmel Pine Cone

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  • Margery in Retirement: Owned by the author