Olga T. Steger, 90, passed away July 22, 2013, in Fairbanks. She was born in Flat on Feb. 25, 1923, and was a lifelong resident of Fairbanks.|
Olga worked for the Alaska Court System from 1945 to 1979, and for 19 years, she was Clerk of the Court.
For many years, she was also an active member of the Pioneers of Alaska and Immaculate Conception Church.
Olga was small in size but big in personality. Whether you knew her as friend or family, her sweet smiling face was only matched by her wit and half-grin - she was a talker. Hadn't seen her in a while? She would greet you with a smile and "How are ya?" Conversation would pick up where you left off, no matter the time between visits.
She loved to share stories about early Alaska, especially about parents, Pete and Barbara. Olga was a gold-miner's daughter. The Steger family moved to Fox in 1926, in the hope of finding gold. The trip was long for the family. Olga was 2 years old and her brother, Al, was 3, when they traveled by dog team 380 miles to Nenana where they boarded the Alaska Railroad. The trip took two weeks, each night stopping at a roadhouse along the way. Growing up in the creeks, Olga didn't think of it as a hardship, but to know the joys and experiences of a special childhood. Olga loved to share colorful stories about old-timers around Fox in the early days. She fondly remembered her life as a gold miner's daughter.
Olga lived in Fairbanks for the rest of her life. Her brother, Eddie, married Shirley in 1949 and had six children. Shirley and Olga were more like sisters than sisters-in-law. There was never a more loved auntie who delighted her nieces and nephews with every visit. The next generation of nieces and nephews were charmed by her as well.
Auntie left this world to enter into her new life. We'll miss her but know she is in heaven where she belongs.
Olga is survived by her sister-in-law, Shirley Steger, of Anchorage; nieces, Debbie and Loni Vea, Cathie and Dan Keyes, and Barbara and Jesse Musliu, all of Anchorage; nephews, Pat and Sue Steger, Peter and Vickie Steger, and Rich and Darcie Steger, all of Anchorage. She also left behind many great-nieces and nephews.
Olga was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Barbara Steger, and her brothers, Eddie and Al.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Immaculate Conception Church, followed by a graveside service at Birch Hill Cemetery. Father Fred Bayler will officiate. A Rosary service at 12:30 p.m. will precede the Mass.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Immaculate Conception Soup Kitchen.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on July 25, 2013