Rose Dragovich

Buckley resident Rose Dragovich, 92, died Oct. 26, 2011.

She was born to Samuel and Caroline (Heuther) Rode, one of 13 children. The family lived on farms throughout eastern Washington and she graduated from Columbia High School in Burbank before attending business school in Seattle. She worked as a secretary and for the Navy in the 1940s, then worked for Pacific Telephone in Los Angeles and Sacramento. She retired from AT&T in 1977 and was a 50-year member of the Society of Women Engineers.

She was married Roy Leander from 1944-1983 and to Landy Dragovich from 1985-1990. They enjoyed fishing, attending the Buckley Log Show and traveling to Oregon, Nevada and Alaska. She also enjoyed Rode family reunions and trips to Sacramento. She lived her final six years at Heritage House in Buckley.

She is survived by son Gilbert LeVander and wife Sharon of Buckley; stepdaughter Nancy Lund of Seattle; sisters Norma Smith of Sacramento and Elma Southard of Burlington, Wash.; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands and grandson Jon Lund.

A funeral service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Weeks’ Funeral Home in Buckley.

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