Aleta Claire Luchterhand, 78, of Medford, Ore., passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, November 30, 2012, at Three Fountains Nursing Home. She had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma but only recently had suffered from its debilitating effects. Aleta passed peacefully in her sleep.
Aleta was born in Ashland, Ore. in 1934, and married Wayne Tysver in 1951. Aleta graduated Medford High School in 1953 as Aleta Tysver. While married to Wayne, who was in the U.S. Army, the family lived on military bases in Texas, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Washington state. Wayne and Aleta divorced in 1970, and Aleta returned to Medford. She has been a resident since then and pursued a career as a hair dresser while working seasonally at Harry & David.
Throughout her life, Aleta had an uncanny memory for family historical facts, especially dates, and was highly regarded as the family historian. She was proud of her heritage and frequently assisted her children in understanding their family background. In her younger years, Aleta enjoyed camping and fishing; she especially adored Crater Lake. Aleta loved cats and would often take in strays. Aleta was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking large holiday meals. Her hobbies included collecting, crocheting and sewing, along with painting. In her senior years, Aleta enjoyed volunteering as a foster grandparent, assisting Kindergarten children.
Aleta was predeceased by her parents, Harold and Susan Luchterhand. Her husband from a previous marriage, Wayne Tysver, also preceded her. Aleta is survived by her two brothers, LeRoy and Allen Luchterhand; and her three children, Steven Tysver, Lori Brown, and Robin Lindsey. Aleta is survived by grandchildren, Jennifer Ackley, Heather Brown, Katherine Tysver, Amanda Tysver; and great-grandchildren, Audrey and Victoria Ackley.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 8, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 304 Beatty St., Medford, OR 97501. Capt. Nancy Cooper will be officiating. There will be a reception within the Salvation Army facility, immediately following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory are made to the Salvation Army Medford, Ore., to help them help others; or to the American Cancer Society.