Obituary: Gladys Ann (Goska) Halsan,

Gladys Ann (Goska) Halsan

Gladys Ann (Goska) Halsan, 80, passed away in Astoria on July 22, 2014, after a long illness.

Gladys was born June 1, 1934, and grew up on the Knappa waterfront with her parents, Joseph Goska and Hulda Pierson in the family’s floathouse. Her father was a commercial gillnetter and Gladys learned this, as well, with many stories of time spend in the net loft mending the gillnets.

She enjoyed waterskiing and swimming with friends.

She later attended Oregon College of Education and graduated with a major in education and a minor in art. She worked as a primary school teacher at Happy Valley, then in Warrenton Grade School, a position which was her greatest passion and enjoyment.

Living in Knappa, she enjoyed fishing and was an avid duck hunter. She was also involved with gardening, crafts and crocheting, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Gladys was preceded in death by her brother, Gene, and her husband of 50 years, Robert L. Halsan. She is survived by a daughter, Dena; a son, Mark; and grandchildren Madison and Thomas IV. There will be a Celebration of Life and a potluck in her memory at the Knappa Assembly of God Church 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

Her ashes were scattered in the river near her family home.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Knappa School Foundation Scholarship, 42915-A Old Hwy. 30, Astoria.

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