TESTIMONY – Subsistence harvester Harvey Kitka leads off oral public comment Tuesday night at Harrigan Centennial Hall during a subsistence hearing held as part of the USDA Forest Service Alaska specific Roadless Rule change proposals. About 100 Sitkans attended an information meeting and question-and-answer session about the Roadless Rule-making process held prior to the subsistence hearing. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Marlene Joan Westover

Marlene Joan Westover

Marlene Joan Westover, of Sitka,  passed away in Eugene, Ore., on January 31, 2017, with her family by her side. She was 82.

 A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at St. Peter’s Episcopal church. A gathering will be held afterward at the See House.

 She was born in Roslyn, Wash., on Sept. 2, 1934, the daughter of William and Audrey (Mervis) Mankus. She lived in Roslyn until 1953 when she married Wayne Westover and moved to Sitka. 

 Marlene was famous for her cooking and baking skills. At Christmas she traditionally made a Lithuanian walnut roll called Povititsa that her friends and family were fortunate to receive. She also made the best apple cinnamon rolls.

Other hobbies she enjoyed were crocheting and knitting blankets for her children and grandchildren. 

In her years in Sitka, Marlene was a court clerk for the State of Alaska, and also worked at Sears, and the Pioneers Home until she retired.

She volunteered for SAFV and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. 

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, William and Audrey Mankus; son Keith Westover; former husband Wayne Westover; brother- and sister-in-law Stanley and Mardelle Westover; niece Carolyn Hammack; and nephew Rick Westover. 

Marlene is survived by her daughters Debra Diebert of Marysville, Wash., and Dianne Graveline of Eugene, Ore.; brothers Mick Mankus and Gary Mankus of Cle Elum, Wash.; and sister Virginia Boe of Ellensburg, Wash.

She also is survived by niece Cheryl Westover; nephew Mike Coleman; grandchildren Janis Miller, Brad Diebert, Johanna Shroeter and Jennifer Sparks; great-grandchildren Lauren Miller, Brendan Miller, Lillia Diebert and Layla Diebert; and many more nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren. 


  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal church or SAFV. 

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