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 1952. 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.