Longtime Juneau resident Jennie Marie Rodenberg, 89, died March 27, 2004, in Juneau after a lengthy illness.
She was born Dec. 4, 1914, to Marie and John Hammer of Petersburg, immigrants from Norway. She was the oldest of five siblings. She graduated from Petersburg High School in 1932. She attended business school in Seattle until 1934 and returned to work for the Petersburg Press. She moved to Juneau, where she met and married William "Willie" Rodenberg in 1935. She also lived in Sitka and Ketchikan, returning to Juneau in 1966.
She was a life member of the Sons of Norway and was active in both the Elks and Emblem Club. Well known by the staff at the Juneau Racquet Club, she participated in aerobics and lifted weights with her longtime friend and personal trainer, Julia Carver. She also enjoyed frequent walks with family and went to the senior citizen lunches in Douglas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie; sister, Agnes Stephen; and brother, Norman.
She is survived by her sons, Bill (Lanore) of Murrieta, Calif., Ralph (Sue) of Bellingham, Wash.; daughter, Nancy (Marcelo) Quinto of Juneau; grandchildren, Jim and Jennifer of Juneau, Andrew and Spencer of Bellingham, Wash.; great-granddaughter, Kaia Quinto of Juneau; brothers, Jim and Art Hammer of Petersburg; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 2, at the Douglas Methodist Church. A reception will follow downstairs in Grant Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Douglas Senior Meals, c/o Senior Nutrition Program, 895 West 12th Street, Juneau, AK 99801, or to a charity of choice.