Solveig Traeger, a former member of the Crescenta Valley Town Council and longtime La Crescenta resident, died Friday at Verdugo Hills Hospital. She was 78.
Traeger helped spearhead the renovation of the new Los Angeles County library in La Crescenta and saw it to its completion in February. She served on the nine member town council from 1994 to 1997 and during that time helped establish a scholarship fund for students at Crescenta Valley High School.
Born Feb. 3, 1932, in Minneapolis, then-Solveig Ronning moved from Minnesota to Glendale in 1938 with her family.
She was a graduate of Glendale High School and married Rudolph Frank Traeger Jr. in 1953. Besides raising five children, Traeger helped her husband establish the California Waveguide & Engineering Co. in Burbank, a welding and manufacturing business hailed in 1970 for helping to create the pumps that saved the astronauts during the failed Apollo 13 moon landing.
Traeger was recognized for her community service by county Supervisor Mike Antonovich during last Saturday’s Arbor Day festivities at Two Strike Park.
Her funeral and graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Little Church of the Flowers at Forest Lawn Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Ave.
She is survived by her brother Birdan Ronning Jr. of Tujunga; daughter Judie Shafer; sons Jon Traeger, Rudolph III Traeger, Tim Traeger, Tom Traeger; and five grandchildren.