EMERGENCY RESPONSE – Members of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood this week organized a city-wide food drive for residents of Angoon and other villages affected by the lack of Alaska Marine Highway System ferry service. Hundreds of pounds of food were collected at Sitka High School and other drop off sites. Thursday night about three dozen people attended a meeting at ANB Founders Hall to discuss the ferry situation and prepare food for shipping. Laurie Serka, outstation manager for Alaska Seaplanes, said Alaska Seaplanes, Sitka Custom Marine and Dr. Sul Ross Thorward donated shipping costs for the perishable food donated by AC Lakeside. Tom Gamble is planning to take a load of food to Angoon aboard his boat. Donations for shipping food to Kake are currently being sought. Contact for the donations is Nancy Furlow, ANS Camp 4 president, 907 227-9102. PHOTOS: clockwise from top left, Laurie Serka, Steve Schmidt and Marjo Vidad of Alaska Seaplanes load food bound for Angoon this morning. Tom Gamble and Chad Titell  deliver boxes of food from Sitka High School to ANB Founders Hall Thursday night. Paulette Moreno, ANS Grand Camp president, addresses volunteers Thursday night. Sitkans gather in a circle at ANB Founders Hall Thursday to brainstorm responses to the lack of state ferry service. (Sentinel Photos by James Poulson)

Mary L. Strahm

Mary L. Strahm

Of Pelican Dies

Mary Louise Strahm, a Pelican resident for 42 years, died Oct. 11 in Sitka. She was 65.

She was born Sept. 2, 1950, in Seattle, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Jane (Slater) Kenny. She graduated from Rainier Beach High School in Seattle,  and married Willim E. Strahm in Seattle on June 16, 1968.

After moving to Pelican, she was assistant postmaster, a cook and a community activist, along with being a mom and wife.

Among her favorite pastimes were sewing and crafts, doing puzzles and cooking.

“Mary Lou was a friend to many, and will be missed,” her family said.

Her husband, William E. Strahm, died in June 2013.

She is survived by son Richard K. Strahm, his wife Christina and son Cody Strahm, all of Juneau; and son Jason R. Strahm, his wife Amber and son Christian and daughter Kimber, all of Pelican.

 

A celebration of life will be scheduled later. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Wounded Warrior Project.

Login Form

Facebook

calendar