Lela L. Bedortha (Rieth)

Riveter, 77Lela L. Bedortha (Rieth), 77, of Astoria, died Aug. 29, 2003, in Seaside.

Ms. Bedortha was born March 10, 1926 in Willamina to William and Lucy Neidlinger Bedortha. She grew up in Willamina and attended schools there.

She lived in Portland during World War II, where she worked on ships as a riveter and earned the nickname, "Riveter Lela." Family members say she was very proud of this accomplishment.

In the late 1940s she moved to Astoria and worked at different canneries, including the Columbia River Packing Association. She later worked at different laundries in Astoria and most recently ran her own housekeeping business. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 16 years.

Ms. Bedortha is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Estelle Petersen of Knappa; two daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela and Wayne Rodgers of Astoria and Laurie and Lance Sawrey of Warrenton; four grandchildren, Justin Lindholm of San Diego, Sean Dunagan of Astoria, and Dennis and Hayden Petersen of Knappa; four sisters, Wilma Woodington and Virginia Singleton of Astoria, Ruth Haskell of Grays River, Wash., and Faye Ruzlic of Astoria; and a brother, Alvin Bedortha of Sequim, Wash.

A funeral service will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hall, 1132 Exchange St.

Memorial contributions may be made to any children's foundation or to the Wishing Trees at Christmastime.

Hughes-Ransom Mortuary in Astoria is in charge of arrangements.


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