GRAB AND GO - Library patron Tina Johnson, left, and Joanna Perensovich, information services librarian, wear masks in the Sitka Library this afternoon. The library no longer has couches for patrons, but does have computer desks widely spaced apart for people to access for one-hour periods. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Evelyn Jean Cici

Evelyn Jean Cici

    Early Saturday morning, January 6, Evelyn Jean Cici was taken home by the Lord. She drifted off to sleep and died peacefully with her daughter by her side, in her Sitka home.
    She was 77.
    She was born July 18, 1940, in Sitka, the daughter of Florence (Hayes) and Harold Donnelly. She graduated from Sitka High in 1958. She married Angelo Cici in December 1958 and lived in California until returning to Sitka in 1972, after their divorce.
    As a very young adult, Evelyn was diagnosed with mental illness, and she struggled every day. Longtime use of one medication caused permanent damage to her kidneys and 10 years ago was at stage five of renal failure. She rejected dialysis, which would have meant leaving Sitka, and once was given no more than two years to live.
    Despite the odds against her, she not only survived renal failure but many bouts of pneumonia, infections, a fractured hip, breast cancer, Parkinson’s and a host of other physical ailments.
    But she was a fighter, and amazed doctors and others at her resilience and strength. She always had faith that tomorrow would be a better day.; it always was for her.
    “We will miss her big beautiful smile, a gift straight from her heart,” her family said. “She was so loving and gave to those around her.”
    Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; her brother,  Harold ”Bunny” Donnelly; and two granddaughters, Kahana Smisek and Charissa Cici.
    Surviving are her daughter, Angela Smisek of Silverado, Calif.; sons Joe Cici of Temecula, Calif., and Kelly Cici of Van Nuys, Calif.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
     A remembrance service is planned for early spring. It will be announced later.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-10-20)

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 noon Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 51

Total statewide – 1,323

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 5 (2 resident; 3 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 13 (11 resident; 2 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 80.

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

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




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March 23, 2020



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