PENDLETON - Mabel M. Svetich, 88, of Pendleton died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at Ashley Manor in Pendleton, of complications of advanced dementia disease. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21 at Burns Mortuary in Pendleton. Interment will follow at 3:30 p.m. at the Island City Cemetery.
Mrs. Svetich was born April 23, 1921, in Weiser, Idaho, to Raymond and Maud Woolf. She spent her youth in La Grande, graduating from La Grande High School. She moved to Pendleton during World War II, where she worked at the Pendleton Air Base, designing and painting signs. She married Antone (Tony) Svetich in 1941. She worked at the Pendleton Woolen Mills.
For most of her working life, she worked out of her home, making drapes for much of the Pendleton area. She made drapes for the customers of Pendleton Furniture, McKee's Furniture, Hills Furniture, and Sherwood and Williams, in addition to individuals who wanted custom-made drapes. Her single biggest job was making drapes for St. Anthony Hospital. She lived in Pendleton her entire adult life. She resided at Ashley Manor for 18 months before her death.
Mrs. Svetich is survived by her sister, Marie Singleton; brother Clifford Woolf; sons Tony Svetich Jr. and Danny Svetich; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Tony Svetich; and brother Robert Woolf.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.