NEW ROUND – Sitka Fire Chief Craig Warren chats with Patrick and Catharine Weaver this afternoon at the fire hall during a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The Weavers were waiting fifteen minutes after receiving the Moderna version of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 100 Sitkans were scheduled to receive their first dose today. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for full efficacy. Sitkans can sign up to receive vaccinations at (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Suzanne Wilstam

Suzanne Wilstam

Suzanne Wilstam (previously Sabath) passed away in Eureka, California, on March 14, 2018, at the age of 75.
Suzanne was born July 3, 1942, at the Naval Air Station Hospital (now the Naval Air Station North Island) in San Diego. Her father, Lt. Cmdr. Alfred Wilstam Jr. died in a wartime accident at Barber’s Point, O’ahu, Territory of Hawaii, in 1943. Her mother, Dorothy Deane (Hunt) Wilstam, died in 1992.
Suzanne and her only sibling, Lani, were raised in Coronado, California, by her mother and beloved grandmother, Miriam “Mimi” Hunt. In 1952, the family moved to Porterville, California, where she graduated from Porterville High School in 1960.
After graduation, Suzanne attended Porterville College, and later transferred to San Francisco State University, where she studied psychology, and performed in classical music ensembles on campus.
Suzanne married her Porterville neighbor Allen Bain in 1964, and together they had three children: David, Doug, and Amy. Suzanne and Allen divorced in 1979.
In 1981, she married her second husband, Fritz Sabath. The family moved to Massachusetts for a business opportunity and lived there for three years. In the mid 1980s, the family moved back to Eureka, and then to Los Angeles, where Suzanne worked in a number of occupations, including a position as a victim’s advocate for families affected by homicide, a job she truly valued.
The chance to purchase a McDonald’s franchise prompted Suzanne and Fritz to move to Sitka, where they owned and operated the McDonald’s restaurant for about 10 years. They enjoyed their time in Sitka, adopting several wolf-hybrid dogs and even handing out dog treats through the drive-through window at their restaurant.
In 2000, she and Fritz left Sitka to move to Eureka, where they opened a new bar and café, The Saffire Rose. Amid the economic downturn, they reluctantly closed the cafe and in 2007 divorced. Fritz Sabath passed away in 2009.
Suzanne lived a fulfilling life as a mother, sister, wife, and friend. She was known for her great sense of humor and concern for others. Throughout her life Suzanne wore many hats – entrepreneur, victims advocate, small business owner, classical singer, and avid volunteer. Her greatest joys in life included her family, caring for animals, travel, and music. 
She is survived by her sister, Lani Blazer; children David Bain (Martin Keleti), Doug Bain, and Amy Bain (Graham Horwood); granddaughters Mackenzie Bain, Lily Bradley and Sloane Horwood; step-granddaughter Ashley Moraitis; and many nieces and nephews, and their children.
In keeping with her wishes, there will be no services. Those wishing to honor her life can make a donation in her name to a local mental health organization or community animal shelter.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 1-15-21)

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 10:55 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 296

Total statewide – 49,835

Total (cumulative) deaths – 228

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,126

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 – 17

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 301 (274 resident; 27 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 281

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




January 2001

Photo caption: Sarah and Jeremy Pickard and Dr. James Brooks show off Lauren Marie Pickard, the first baby born in Sitka this year. She arrived at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital at 10:05 a.m., Jan. 4, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 20 inches. She’s the first child for the Pickards,who moved here in May with the U.S. Coast Guard.

January 1971

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Foster and daughter Marchele have ended a two-week vacation trip to Idaho. They bought a new Mustang in Seattle, drove it to Sandpoint, Idaho, to visit relatives and stopped in Everett, Wash., to visit Mrs. Foster’s cousin, whom she hadn’t seen in 13 years. Mrs. Foster and Marchele returned by plane and Foster is following with the car, on the ferry.