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Alberta Vaillancourt Ruecker ’38

When Alberta was 13, her family moved from Roanoke, Virginia, to Portland. She graduated from Grant High School, attended Saint Helen’s Hall Junior College (now Oregon Episcopal School), and then attended Reed for one year. In 1942, she married Leonard Ruecker and the couple made their home in Seattle until moving to Aberdeen in 1955. They bought the Marshall Wells store, which later became Coast to Coast–Sunset Hardware & Appliance. Alberta taught Sunday school at the Calvary Lutheran Church, where she directed many Christmas programs and served as directress of the Altar Guild. She is survived by her son, Robert Ruecker, and daughter, Beverly Wick.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2018

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