OCEAN PARK — George John Satala, 78, made his journey to heaven on March 29, 2016, in the arms of his beloved wife, Pat. He was born at home July 16, 1937, where the family of nine children lived above his father’s mortuary business in Chicago in the “Back of the Yards” area.
He served in the Army and was stationed at Ft. Lewis in Tacoma, Washington and loved the area. He returned to Chicago and shortly after, on Aug. 2, 1958, he married the love of his life, Pat Schomer. They raised their family of five children in Chicago and its suburbs.
Upon retirement George and Pat moved to Oysterville, Washington. He and Pat bought “His & Hers” rider mowers and settled into the joys of lawn maintenance. They also shared beach combing, collecting floats and sand dollars and evening backgammon games as well as summer campfire socializing. George enjoyed touring the neighborhood on his rider mower, working in the garage, cutting out whirly gigs and painting them. Passersby would admire his handiwork, which decorated the deck and yard along with the floats and sand dollars. George was always listening to music preferring country-western eventually amassing a collection of over a thousand CDs.
He was a devout Catholic serving as alter boy at St. Michael’s in Chicago and an usher at St. Mary’s in Seaview. He was a community volunteer always ready to lend a hand.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Pat; children, Patti (Bob) Thorell, John (Phyliss) Satala, Jacalyn (Scott) Jagodzinski, George (Wendy) Satala; grandchildren: Nina, Bobby and Giana Thorell, Lauren and Kyle Hendrickson, Cody and Quinn Jagodzinski, Grant and Evelyn Satala; great-grandchild McKenzie Thorell; his sisters, Lucille (Ron) Sala, Betty Kubiak, Joan (Ron) Krasnick; sisters-in-law: Gloria (Ron) Moore, Mary Beth De Pass, Judith (Mike) Walsh, Sue (Ralph) Pasciak; brothers-in-law: Pete Schomer and Bob (Sue) Schomer, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Ann (Satala) Hendrickson; his parents, John and Helen (Paradowski) Satala and his brothers John and Paul Satala.
Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 8 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Seaview.