Longtime Juneau resident Irene Gene Satko (Hill), 81, died Nov. 30, 2005, at her home in Juneau.
She was born to William Fredrick Hill and Leona Betty Smith on Sept. 21, 1924, in Tonasket, Wash. She was raised on her parent's and grandparent's ranch near Tonasket and attended area schools. She traveled in 1946 to Alaska and went to work for the territorial legislature. She met Joe H. Satko, and they married within the year. After time in Richmond, Va., and Spokane, Wash., they returned to Juneau for good in 1954 with their two children.
She worked in territorial, federal, state and city offices. She was the co-owner and kept the books for the family business, Joe's Body Shop.
She enjoyed many years of commercial fishing alongside her husband aboard the fishing vessel Irene G and Irene G II. She was a longtime member of the Catholic Daughters of America.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Elsie Kruger; and her brother, William J. Hill.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Joe; her sister, Millie Poole; her daughter, Kathryn; her son, Herb; her grandchildren, JoAnn Bollman (Mike Everson), Heidi (Gary) Stears, Todd (Summer) Satko, Joseph Bollman, Nickie Clum and Ricky Clum; her great-grandchildren, Wendy and Kate Stears, Lee Satko and Nicole Thomas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A rosary will be held at 11 a.m., Dec. 5, at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary followed by a funeral Mass at noon. A reception in the Parish Hall will follow.
Pallbearers will be Joe H. Satko Jr., Gary V. Stears, Todd C. Satko, Joseph A. Bollman, Ricky A. Clum and Michael G. Everson.
In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to any Catholic charity or charity of choice.