OPEN AIR CONCERT – From left, musicians Ross Venneberg, Brian Neal, Wade Demmert and Roger Schmidt perform an outdoor brass concert for residents of the Pioneers Home Monday. The professional musicians, who are hunkered down in Sitka, are regulars at the annual Holiday Brass Concert. The Pioneers Home has been closed to visitors during the pandemic. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Anna Mae Abbott Dies; Former Resident was 90

Anna Mae Abbott

Anna Mae Abbott, 90, died on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.
She was born in Sitka August 12, 1928, to Boris Kostrometinoff and Elise Peck. Anna grew up in the Cottages in Sitka and was raised by her grandparents, George and Louise Hobson.
Anna had nine children with Jess Bartolaba and lived on Japonski Island before moving to Juneau in the early 1970s. She married Charles Abbott Sr. on May 24, 1972.
Anna worked in the Governor’s Mansion for Gov. Jay Hammond, and she and Charlie spent many years working in Juneau Cold Storage, where they both retired.
She and Charlie sewed and beaded moccasins to give to family and friends and to sell in tourist shops in Juneau.
 Anna spent every summer in Klukwan with Charlie and family putting up fish. Many family members traveled from all over the state and country to learn from them how to smoke fish. Many of her favorite stories involved summers spent in Klukwan or spring time getting hooligan in Haines.
They were regulars at Juneau Bingo halls until Charlie passed in 2006. Anna returned back to Sitka in 2017 to be cared for by her family, and she was surrounded by family in the last days of her life.
Anna was preceded in death by her first husband Jess Bartolaba, her second husband Charles Abbott Sr., daughters Linda Concepcion and Evelyn Lauzurique, and her son Danny Bartolaba.
She is survived by her six children, Gene Bartolaba of Sitka, Loreta Sherlock of Sekiu, Washington, Nenita Wilson of Nondalton, Miguela Everhart of Anchorage, Connie Conners of Buckley, Washington, and Jess Bartolaba of Juneau; 20 grandchildren; and 32 great grandchildren.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-7-20)

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 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Sunday: 19

Total statewide – 1,184

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 8 (3 resident; 5 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 12 (10 resident; 2 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 78.

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



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