SET FOR FRIDAY – Dancers, from left, Alli Christner, Allison Winger, Delaney Jayne McAdams, Grace Gjertsen, Zia Allen, Tayler Clifton, Fiona Ferguson, Autumn Dinsmore and Audrey Saiz take the stage in full costume at the Performing Arts Center Tuesday. The dancers will present a Sitka-themed version of the popular ballet "The Nutcracker." The show opens 7 p.m. Friday at the PAC. (Sentinel Photo)

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.

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