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Margaret Havlicek

Margaret Havlicek, a member of St. Birgitta Parish in Northwest Portland, died June 28. She was 88.

Mrs. Havlicek was born Dec. 10, 1925, in Ferndale, Wash. She lived there until moving to Yakima at age 12.

She performed as a featured vocalist in the Northwest for many years using the stage name Margaret Carroll. She was also an accomplished pianist and bass player, and a lifetime member of Local 99, Musicians' Union, AFL/CIO.

She first performed on radio in Yakima, then came to Portland in 1943. She sang as the featured vocalist with the radio KOIN orchestra and with the Jerry Van Hoomissen Orchestra for many years, performing at the Portland USO, while working at the WISCO shipyard tool shop during WWII. She also performed at the Astoria Salmon Derby, Pendleton Round-Up and many other festivals in the Northwest.

She married Donald Nelsen in 1944. In 1964, she married Carl Miler. In the 1960s, she performed in Las Vegas at the Fremont piano bar at Palace Station Casino. She married Theodore Havlicek in 1998.

In recent years, she performed numerous engagements throughout the Northwest, including The City of Hope benefit in Seattle, Queen of the West Columbia Cruise Ship with the Let's Dance Band, Portland Hilton Hotel Pettygrove Room, Portland Rose Festival Ball with the Ted Lee Orchestra and the Sandy Mountain Festival.

During her retirement years, she sang with the Providence Hospital Dance Band and regularly sang with Don Ho in Honolulu. She also worked with small music combos when wintering in Florida in the Cape Canaveral area. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Carol Hayes.

She is survived by her husbandm Theodore; children, Donald Nelsen, David Nelsen, Claire Herbst, Douglas Nelsen, Kari Miler and Carl Miler Jr.; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three nieces; and three nephews.

A funeral Mass was held at St. Birgitta Church.

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