Long time Naselle resident, Carole Alves (Olsen), 77, passed away peacefully with her family by
her side on June 23rd, 2019, in Salem, Oregon.
She was born on December 26, 1941, to Carl an
Elinor Olsen in Chicago, Illinois. Carole spent
her early years in Cicero, a suburb of Chicago, playing with cousins, Shirley and Jim.
By the early 1950’s, her family had relocated to Grays River, WA to be near extended family.
They lived in an apartment above the old Appelo’s Store while her father and his cousin, Lester
Peterson, built their home in Naselle on Salmon Creek.
Carole met, John Alves, Jr., her future husband while attending Naselle schools. They were
married in the Naselle Assembly of God church on December 27, 1959 and remained members
After the wedding, Carole and John moved to Compton, CA where she worked for Western
Union and he was employed by North American Aviation. They later moved back to Naselle
where both sets of parents were close by to help raise their four loving daughters.
Carole had a long career as a bookkeeper for Appelo’s store but her passion was teaching piano
to many local children and adults. She played piano for the church, the schools, the community
choir and the FinnAm choir.
Other hobbies included gardening, crafts, thrift shopping for treasures, quilting, knitting,
crocheting, reading and trips to the beach. Carole was an accomplished seamstress -sewing
gowns and dresses for her daughter’s weddings and most recently making a beautiful veil for her
granddaughter. She was a long time member of WMCs and a supporter of Coast Pregnancy
Center in Astoria.
After retirement, Carole and John, enjoyed traveling to their second home in Mesa, Arizona
where they extended their circle of friends and enjoyed being able to spend time together. They
also made frequent visits to their daughter’s homes in Salem, Keizer and Sisters.
After returning home from a trip to Mesa in the spring of 2018 with two of her daughters and
their girls, her health took a sudden down-turn. Carole spent the last year living under the loving
care of her eldest daughter in Keizer.
Carole was preceded in death by her parents and her husband John. She is survived by her
daughters Sherry, Kathy, Julie and Jill and her sons-in-law. Carole was also a loving
grandmother to Christian (wife Callie), Courtney, Adam, Kassidy (husband Cody), Devon and
Ian. She also had the privilege of welcoming four great grandchildren: Landon, Camdyn, Ellie
and Evelyn. She will be missed as well by extended family, her sister-in-heart, Maria Wirkkala,
numerous dear friends and all that knew her.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 20th at 2:00 PM at the Naselle Assembly of God
church. Fellowship time immediately following the service.
Donations in her honor may be made to WMCs (care of Naselle Assembly of God) and/or Coast
Pregnancy Center in Astoria, OR in care of Penttila's Chapel, PO Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.
Her guestbook is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.