Loretta Rieck Carlson, 85, of Hillsboro, formerly of Astoria and Svensen, died Sunday, April 25, 2010, in an Aloha adult care home. 

She was born Loretta Mae Paulson on March 19, 1925, in Astoria, to William and Myrtle (Enberg) Paulson. She attended Astoria public schools and graduated from Astoria High School in 1943. 

During World War II, she worked at Tongue Point Naval Base and at Astoria Public Market.

On Aug. 25, 1945, she married Jack Rieck Justad at Bethany Lutheran Church in Astoria. He died suddenly in 1970. The couple lived in Astoria.

In 1974, she married Roy Carlson Sr. of Svensen.

Mrs. Carlson worked at First National Bank of Oregon in Astoria. She then worked for Astoria public schools in the cafeteria, and retired as cook manager in 1988. She moved to Svensen in 1979, where she lived until the fall of 2009, when she moved to Hillsboro.

Family members said she was a great athlete in her day. She played on several women's baseball teams and was a member of various bowling teams for more than 55 continuous years. She was an active member of the Jaycees and took pride in the Astoria she loved.

She is survived by a daughter, Paula Justad of Hillsboro; two sons, Larry Justad and his partner, Terry Sorensen of Palm Springs, Calif., and Todd Justad and his wife, Mellie, of Boca Raton, Fla.; two grandchildren, Laurie Mooso and her husband, Josh, of Aloha, and Jack Justad of Boca Raton; four sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Violet Paulson of Astoria, Lily and Don Kumpala of Svensen and Irene Petersen and Claire Justad of Boise; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a sister and a brother in 2003.

Visitation will be held, and the family will receive guests, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 at Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries, 576 12th St.

A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 29 at Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries, followed by a graveside service at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a contribution be made in her memory to hospice care.


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