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7/22/2013 12:45:00 PM
Tracy Rafter

Tracy Rafter died July 4. She was 83.

Mrs. Rafter was born July 10, 1929, in Stratford, Conn., to Stella and Raymond Swaikowsky. After graduating from Stratford High School, she attended secretarial school and then moved to Washington D.C. There she worked as an executive secretary with the U.S. government, including at the Treasury Department. She married John at 1954 and they raised their family in Alexandria, Va. In 1991, they retired to Hilton Head, S.C., where they resided for 20 years until moving to Portland.

She was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by daughter, Kendall (John Abelson), Urbana, Ill.; son Jay, (Michelle), Portland; four grandchildren; and brother, Ray Matthews (Sharon), Stratford, Conn.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 27, at St. Michael the Archangel Church. Memorial donations can be made to Catholic Charities of Oregon.

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