EXPECT DELAYS – Lines of traffic move slowly down Sawmill Creek Road today as a repaving project progresses near the Indian River bridge. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Liz McCluskey, Angoon Resident, Dies at Age 85

Liz McCluskey

Elizabeth “Liz” McCluskey, an Angoon resident, died Nov. 17, 2018, at the age of 85.
She was born Sept. 19, 1933, in Angoon, the daughter of Ike and Katy Hobson James. In her early years she worked in the cannery at Hood Bay and Hawk Inlet She worked for a short time at the seaside store and many years at Angoon Trading. She also was a city elections judge, and a caretaker.
She was a strong Prayer Warrior, her family said, and opened her home to anyone who knocked on her door for prayer or called her on the phone. She was a Sunday school teacher for both the Assembly of God and the Salvation Army Church, and was a board member at Angoon Assembly of God for many years. Before she got too weak she would attend prayer night and ladies night.
She loved attending and watching Celebration, liked doing word search and jigsaw puzzles, going on car rides and watching game shows such as the Price is Right, Let’s Make a Deal, and many others.
She loved her family very much.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ike and Katy James; her husband, Peter McCluskey Sr.; her brother Paul James Sr.; her sister Lillian John; and her granddaughter, Emily Lillian McCluskey.
She is survived by her children, daughter Maria McCluskey of Anchorage, sons Pete (Doreen) McCluskey of Juneau, and John McCluskey of Anchorage, and Frank (Debbie) McCluskey of Angoon; and grandchildren George Strom III, Evelonia Strom, Tyanna Horton, Kathleen Horton, Aaron McCluskey, Marvin McCluskey, Thea and Ed Jack, Frank McCluskey Jr., Jacob McCluskey, and Katherine Nelson.
Her great-grandchildren are Leilani Mayeda, Julian Mayeda, Shayliana Mayeda, Jonathan Bennett, T’Laisa Bennett, Serenity Strom, Cataleya Strom, Naavah Willis, Saige Jack, Cassiday Jack, Briana Johnson, Jessie Nelson, Aliana Nelson and Arabella Guthrie.
She also  is survived by her sister Isabel Chulik; nieces Lorraine (Chuck) Powell, Colleen Jackson, Veronica Chulik, Evangeline (Mike) Howard, Pam James, Lana James; and nephews Paul Chulik Jr., Alan James, Russell (Vivian) James, Herman James, David James, Elliott James, Paul James Jr., Joe Johnson Sr., Paul (Alice) Thomas, and John (Caroline) Martin.
Services were held Nov. 23 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood gymnasium in Angoon.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-7-20)

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 11:20 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 53

Total statewide – 3,536

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 20 (14 resident; 6 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 15 (11 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 141.

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. 




August 2000

High prices for chum salmon, low pink returns, and record numbers of fish in Deep Inlet have turned the Sitka fishing grounds into Route 66 this summer. “Overall it’s been a fantastic season so far,” said Steve Reifenstuhl, operations manager for the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association.

August 1970

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Ireney, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, will head a gathering of Orthodox prelates from North American and abroad in ceremonies canonizing the first American Orthodox saints, Father Herman of Alaska. A group of Sitkans will fly to Kodiak for the event.