Suzanne S.T. Garner, a senior officer at NASA who retired in 1997 after more than 60 years of federal service, died Jan. 22 at a convalescent center in Smithfield, Va. She was 98.

The cause was complications from a type of staph infection, said her son, David Garner.

Suzanne Svrcek Takacs was born in Donora, Pa., and moved to Washington at 17. She began her federal career in 1934, shortly after graduating from Roosevelt High School in Washington.

She was with the Interior Department until 1942, when she transferred to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, a NASA predecessor.

She continued her education during her career, graduating in 1960 from George Washington University. Her last jobs at NASA involved financial management and serving as a liaison with Congress, the Treasury Department and the comptroller general. She worked with the team that wrote the Space Act of 1958.

Upon retirement, Mrs. Garner received an Exceptional Service Medal.

She was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Washington. In 2003, she moved from Washington to the Isle of Wight County, Va., community of Rescue.

Her husband of 20 years, Julian H. Garner, died in 1960.

Survivors include a son, David O. Garner of Rescue.

Bart Barnes