Veta M. Holtorf
Veta Marie Holtorf, 84, a resident of Shelton since 1929, passed away at the home of her daughter on Thursday, May 12, 2011. She was born on December 6, 1926 to Charles and Ida (Sleighter) Rader in Portland, OR. She attended Shelton Schools until 1945, married, raised a family and then went back to work for the Shelton School District as a bus driver for 11 years and a custodian for 12 years, after helping in the kitchen. She was also a domestic in many homes in between bus runs.
She loved her little dogs and cats, her flower and vegetable garden. She did a lot of fancy work for her family and friends. She was a member of the Southside Homemakers for years before they disbanded. She enjoyed working on the election boards and seeing old friends often. She also enjoyed the reunion breakfasts’ class of 1945. When her children were younger the whole family were avid horseback riders, one son still has horses.
Her husband, John, preceded her in death on July 23, 1987 after 37 years of marriage. A daughter, Starla in 1955, her father, Charles Rader and step mother, Helen; her mother Ida Staley and step father Charles Staley; and a brother, Paul Rader also preceded her in death.
She is survived by four children, Richard (Shirley) Holtorf, Las Vegas, NV, Sandra (Russell) Swarringim, Shelton, Sheila (Felix) Lewandowsky, Shelton and Robert Holtorf, Shelton. She leaves eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 9 great great grandchildren. There are four sisters, Adeta Edwards and Shirley Coleman of Shelton, Judy Salsgaard, Montana and Linda Westover of Tenino. There are many nieces and nephews, cousins by the dozens, keeping touch with many of them. She had several special friends that will miss her also.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Shelton Memorial Park. A potluck reception will be held following the service at Mason County Fire District 4. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.