Geraldine Jacobsen

Posted: Thursday, June 03, 2004

Longtime Juneau resident Geraldine "Jerry" Dinneen Jacobsen, 76, died Monday, May 31, 2004, at her home in Juneau, surrounded by family.

She was born Nov. 5, 1927, in Cordova, the daughter of James and Bridget Dinneen, owners of Dinneen's Grocery Store. She graduated from Cordova High School and attended college at Marylhurst near Portland, Ore. She also worked at the Cordova Drug Store and at First Bank of Cordova prior to marrying her husband of nearly 42 years, Clarence "Jake" Jacobsen, in December 1950. The couple lived in Whittier and Anchorage before moving to Juneau in 1953, when they started Taku Oil Sales. She spent many years as the bookkeeper of another family business founded in 1982, Wings of Alaska Airlines.

Her family said she loved to dance and was active in sports in her early years; becoming a youth-sports enthusiast in her later years. She was active in her church - Cathedral of the Nativity, and the Juneau community. She was a founding member of the Juneau Chapter of the Alaska-Yukon Pioneers and longtime member of Pioneers of Alaska. She bowled for more than 40 years with her bowling buddies at Channel Bowl in the Thursday Afternoon Housewives League and traveled to many tournaments. She loved to fish. She enjoyed dinners with her children and their spouses, and especially enjoyed the time she spent with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jake, of nearly 42 years; and her brothers, Jim, Bill and Jack Dinneen.

She is survived by her twin sister, Jo Markey of Sublimity, Ore.; sister, Rita Gunderson of Cordova; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Jeff Hansen of Juneau, and their children Todd (Tania), Jeanette and Tim; Kathie and Bob Elmore of Fairbanks, and their children Sean, Ryan and Erin; sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Janine Jacobsen of Issaquah, Wash., and their daughters, Jamie and Julianne; Bob and Darlene Jacobsen of Juneau, and their sons Nathaniel, (Nano) and Christian (Chris); and John and Tina Jacobsen of Gilbert, Ariz., and their children, Dustin and Miranda; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A Rosary will be offered at 7 p.m. Friday, June 4, at the Cathedral of the Nativity. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the Cathedral of the Nativity, followed by a reception at the Cathedral Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice & Home Care of Juneau, 419 Sixth Street, Juneau, AK 99801; or to the Shrine of St. Therese, 5933 Lund St., Juneau, AK 99801.

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