Obituary for Jerome P. Saterbak

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Jerome P. Saterbak, A.I.A., of La Crosse, died on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Gundersen Health System.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Christ Episcopal Church with interment at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
Jerry was born on June 3, 1937 to Elvin M. and Helen Saterbak. He grew up in La Crosse, graduating from Central High School in 1955. He attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. He enjoyed skiing Bridger Bowl, University Symphony Orchestra, and Livingston, MT volunteer fire service.
Jerry and Mary Lou Bradford, best of friends, met in high school, married in college, on July 26, 1958 at Christ Episcopal Church, La Crosse.
Upon graduation, 1963, Jerry returned to La Crosse, where he worked for the architectural firm of Carl Schubert & Associated for seven years. He worked an additional seven years with the firm of Bettenburg, Townsend, Stolte & Comb, Inc. in the Twin Cities. Then he started his own architectural firm in La Crosse, and designed and drew, up until June 2018.
Jerry worked on designs for buildings including Stations 1 and 3 for the La Crosse Fire Department; assisted in Genoa, Stoddard and Trempealeau fire stations; the new Fire Station No. 2 in the Greenfield Town Hall; Trempealeau Village Hall; the renovated building of the first La Crosse Community Theatre; first section of the La Crosse "Y"; main sanctuary of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church; worked on Hintgen School in La Crosse; Galtier School in St. Paul; Wilder Square Hi-Rise in St. Paul; Trane manufacturing No. 7 on Losey Blvd.; developers' apartment complexes throughout the Midwest, during a span of a 55 year career.
Music has always been an important part of his life. Jerry said, "I grew up with the symphony, and I was always surrounded by music." He joined the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra in 1952 as a high school junior and rejoined the orchestra in 1977. He had played with the St. Paul Civic Orchestra. Jerry served on two different LSO boards, and helped organize the Fourth of July holiday pops concert in Onalaska. He was involved in the LSO conductor search. Jerry also played for the Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra, and a string quartette formed on Long Lake in northern Wisconsin.
Throughout his life Jerry was never afraid of hard work, or of having a good time: 27 years as a volunteer of Shelby Fire Department and first responder; served on the board of the WAFER food pantry; promoted La Crosse with the Plugs; logged many miles as chaperone and race official for alpine ski racing events at Mt. La Crosse and other regional ski areas.
He designed and built the only house he ever owned; purchased an "up north" cabin ("beats camping"); loved the Game of Golf (especially the Arrowhead Tournament); traveled throughout the USA and overseas; cheered his sports-Olympics, Packers, Badgers, Brewers.
Jerry is survived by Mary Lou, his wife of 59 plus years; three sons, B.Jay (Darcy), Prior Lake, MN; Andrew (Kelly), Coon Valley; Timothy, La Crosse; two brothers, Allen (Julia), Green Valley, AZ; Lynn (Mimi), La Crosse; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, WAFER, or the charity of your choice.
Dickinson Family Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting with arrangements.