Katherine E. Shaw

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011

Katherine E. Shaw died Dec. 19, 2010, in Juneau. She was 101.

Shaw was born Dec. 1, 1909, in Juneau. She was the sixth of nine children born to Gustav and Gertrudia Messerschmidt. As a child she worked in the family bakery and later for the state of Alaska. She was a member of the Juneau High School girls' Southeast championship basketball team in 1926-1927. She married George Shaw in October 1927.

She was on the board that designed and built the state of Alaska's Centennial Museum on Whittier Street and served on the board of The Shrine of St. Therese. She volunteered at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, the Visitor's Center and for the Golden North Salmon Derby for many years. She was also active in the Pioneers of Alaska.

After retirement, she visited her children and others in the Lower 48, plus travelled all over the world with her sister, Frances.

She is preceded in death by her husband George and her daughter Mary Katherine Shaw.

She is survived by her sons George (Dorothy) Shaw of Kenai, Albert (Brita) Shaw of Juneau and Gerald (Jan) Shaw of Bellevue, Wash.; and daughters Lorene (Vic) Richmond of Burlingame, Calif., and Margaret (Mark) Scheibe of Seattle. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, including Robert Shaw and William Shaw, of Anchorage; and by 20 great grandchildren, including Jennifer Shaw and Kathleen Shaw, of Anchorage.

A service was held Friday, Jan. 9, 2011, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, in Juneau. Memorials may be made to the Shrine of St. Therese, 415 Sixth St., Suite 300, Juneau, AK 99801, or to your favorite charity.

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