Juneau resident Susan Byrne Glocke died peacefully - surrounded by her family and friends - Nov. 8, 2007, at Bartlett Regional Hospital after a brief unexpected illness. She was 77.
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Glocke was born to Elizabeth Byrne and Edwin Glocke on Long Island, N.Y.
She graduated from Man-hattanville College in New York and received a special award for distinguished humanitarian services from its alumni association.
After earning her degree in physical therapy, she completed further studies and worked at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, in Warm Springs, Ga., and for the state of New Jersey, in Trenton. She worked as a physical therapist on the maiden voyage of the SS Hope in Indonesia.
She moved to Alaska in 1973 and worked as a health educator for the state of Alaska. In 1986, she retired from the state and began a long-desired career in overseas volunteer work.
Her first overseas post was at a leprosy center in Kampalla, Uganda. In 1997, she delivered food to senior citizen refugees in Medugorji, Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 1992, she began a service of many years in a Romanian orphanage. This led to the happy and life-changing experience of adopting her daughter, Nicoleta Sbarcea Glocke in 2000.
According to her family, her later years were spent in Juneau with her much-loved daughter, Nico, continuing her volunteer work with St. Vincent de Paul, the Glory Hole and Life Ring.
She is survived by her daughter; brother, Fred Glocke and his wife, Jo, of Surprise, Ariz.; nephews, Steve Glocke, of Charlotte, N.C., and Mark Glocke, of Turtle Lake, Wis.; niece, Elizabeth Nixon, of Fort Worth, Texas; grandnephew, Nathan Glocke, and grandnieces, Kathleen and Susan Johnson; and Nico's extended family, Kathie and Mircea Brown, Debbie and Bill Chalmers and children, of Juneau, and a host of loving friends.
Donations in honor of her memory can be made to Juneau Cares, c/o Catholic Community services, 419 Sixth St., Juneau, AK 99801. Juneau Cares continues her work in Romania and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
A celebration of the rosary is scheduled at 7:30 tonight at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin. The funeral Mass and Eucharist will be celebrated at 12:10 p.m. Monday at the cathedral. Interment will be held Tuesday at the columbarium at the Shrine of St. Therese.