APRIL SNOW SHOWERS – Pam Young shovels snow from in front of Harry Race Pharmacy this morning. The city measured 1.5 inches of snow this morning at 10 a.m. More snow and low overnight temperatures of 28 degrees are forecast for both tonight and Saturday night. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Lillian Marie Saldivar Dies; Former Sitkan was Age 66

Lillian Marie Saldivar

Lillian Marie Saldivar, a former Sitkan, passed away in Juneau on January 14, 2021.

She was born January 31, 1954, to Katherine Maberry and Henry Sam Sr. at Mt. Edgecumbe hospital in Sitka. Her Tlingit name was Aanawdu.oo, of the Sitka L’uknax.ádi (Coho) clan from Kayaashka Hít, the Mother Coho/Platform House, on Katlian Street. Her father’s people are of the Kaagwaantaan Clan from the Box House, also of Sitka.

Some family members gathered for a celebration of her life in Juneau on January 22, which was her mother’s birthday. Due to Covid-19, the family plans on a full celebration of life at a later date in Sitka.

Marie graduated with the Sitka High School Class of 1972. She was employed at the Sitka School District, Sitka Sound Seafoods, Big Blue Charters, and Seafood Producers Coop.

Marie and her first husband, Jim Thomas, married in Sitka in 1976 surrounded by family and friends. They raised their three daughters there, and were actively involved in their school, swimming, and softball activities.

Marie was a devoted mother, and she also rounded up the large family for meals, picnics, birthdays, and holidays.

Marie’s family dinners and cooking lessons will be dearly missed. She proudly shared her dinner and cookie recipes, and she enjoyed classic rock (especially her vinyl collection), playing pool and darts, and reading. She was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team fan. Her siblings will miss her pinches and advice, and everyone will miss her giggling and laughing while telling stories. Her laughter will never be forgotten – her dimpled smile will always be treasured.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Katherine and Henry; stepfather Herman Maberry; aunt Betty Garrity; husband Henry Saldivar; siblings Gilbert Sam Sr., Richard Sam, Carol Breece, Betty Jo Edenshaw; and niece Manda Johnson.

Marie is survived by her daughters Katie Thomas/Marty Dundas and their children Troy (of Sitka), Drew, Kyler, and Kristina Petrey (of Illinois); Kathy Thomas/Tim Eddy and their children Devin and Jade Kubik, and Bryson Eddy (Sitka); and Mary Thomas/Carl Cadiente and their daughter Addison (Wilsonville, Oregon).

She also is survived by siblings Cathy Lindoff (Hoonah); Lorrie Sommers (Fitchburg, Wisconsin) and her children Shane, Kevin and Stephanie; Troy Cantrell/Cat of Pineville, Louisiana; Tommy Maberry (Columbus, Nebraska) and his children Brandon/Monica, Josie and Justin Maberry; Sharon Kelly (Indianapolis); Stacy Maberry/Kathy; and Faleene Worrell/Bert of Longview, Texas, and their children Sharla Hayes/Richard III and their children Kyra, Richard IV, Aspen, Reilly, Rory, Lily, and Eli; and Eric Sele/Lolita Church and their son Kasen Sele.

Katie, Kathy, Mary, and family expressed appreciation for all prayers, thoughts, and support. The family may be contacted through Kathy Thomas, 2898 Sawmill Creek Road Apt. C, Sitka, AK 99835, or emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Many family members are sadly unable to attend services due to COVID-19.

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 4-9-21)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:20 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 241

Total statewide – 62,161

Total (cumulative) deaths – 309

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,388

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 8

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 348 (309 resident; 39 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 340

Deceased (cumulative) – 1

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The City of Sitka posted the following update on vaccinations in Sitka as of Friday.

Partially vaccinated – 4,564 (65.85%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,070 (58.72%)

Total population (16+) –6,931

Sitka has vaccinated 1,215 (89.5%) of its senior population (1,358 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data are for the City and Borough of Sitka. The data are updated weekly on Sitka’s COVID-19 Dashboard at: bit.ly/SitkaDashboard. 




April 2001

Photo caption: Karl Johnson, Gege Dimond, Dolly Garza, Sheryl Parsons, Joy Light and Teri Rofkar cast off in a traditional Tlingit canoe at Sealing Cove Sunday. They were practicing paddling techniques for the traditional carved canoe race to be held this weekend as part of the communitywide celebration “One Nation Working Together.”

April 1971

Meeting notices: The Sitka Roadters car club will meet Sunday at Don’s Crescent Service. ... Southeast Alaska Trollers Assoc. will hold their monthly meeting Sunday  at Blatchley Junior High. ... The Sitka Historical Society will meet Sunday at the Centennial Building. After a short meeting further work will be done on the society’s museum that’s being installed in the west wing of the building.