IN-DEPTH LEARNING – University of Alaska Southeast Sitka campus Alaska Dive Semester student Hayleigh Damron, from the University of California, Santa Cruz, helps Blatchley Middle School student Tommy Clifton with his dive gear Wednesday at the Blatchley pool. UAS Sitka dive instructors and their students were teaching students at Blatchley the basics of SCUBA diving as part of the Discover Your Potential Week at the middle school. About 45 Blatchley students signed up for the week-long class. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Barbara Sue Fritzler

Barbara Sue Fritzler

Barbara Sue Fritzler, a former Sitka resident, died in a traffic accident just outside Minatare, Neb., on Oct. 18, 2016, her 68th birthday.

 Services are to be held in Alliance, Neb., and in Sitka.

Barbara was born Oct. 18, 1948, in Hay Springs, Neb., the daughter of Ruby Cotes and William Gibson.

She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. Shortly after receiving her master’s in social work, she came to Sitka to take a job at Sheldon Jackson College.

In her spare time she volunteered for Baranof Barracudas swim club, where her daughter Kendra was a member.

She also worked at Sitka Community Hospital before returning to Nebraska. There she worked at Goodwill industries and then the State of Nebraska Department of Labor.

Barbara was full of love and compassion for those around her, her family said. She always had a smile on  her face for anyone who needed it, and never failed to share her support wherever needed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Gibson and Ruby Cotes.

She leaves behind two daughters, Dawn Fritzler of Kent, Wash., and Kendra Bailey of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Her daughters were her pride and joy, and she wished the best for them as adults.

Also surviving is her younger brother, Kent Gibson, and his family, of Sitka. Kent holds great memories of her when they were growing up and then when he joined her in Sitka in 1988.

Barbara’s family may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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