Kathleen Lorraine Haataja

Telephone operator, 81Kathleen L. Haataja, 81, of Wahkiakum County, Wash., died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004 in Cathlamet, Wash.

Mrs. Haataja was born Oct. 31, 1922 in Astoria, to former county commissioner H. Albert and Hulda (Tihila) Harrison.

She attended Rosburg, Wash., schools and graduated from Naselle (Wash.) High School.

On Feb. 3, 1946, she married Harold "Hutch" Haataja in Rosburg.He preceded her in death in 2003.

The couple operated a dairy farm. In later years, they enjoyed traveling. Mrs. Haataja later worked as a telephone operator for Western Wahkiakum Telephone.

According to family members, she enjoyed gardening, clam digging, photography and the music of her era.

Mrs. Haataja is survived by one son, Lyle Haataja of Rosburg; two daughters, Karen Slodysko, of Bellingham, Wash., and Nina Berg of Lynden, Wash.; one sister Marcia Fauver of Longview, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, George Harrison.

A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Valley Bible Church, Loop Road, in Grays River, Wash.

Contributions may be made to the American Legion Scholarship Fund or the Valley Bible Church Building Fund, in care of Penttila's Chapel By The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.

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