EMERGENCY RESPONSE – Members of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood this week organized a city-wide food drive for residents of Angoon and other villages affected by the lack of Alaska Marine Highway System ferry service. Hundreds of pounds of food were collected at Sitka High School and other drop off sites. Thursday night about three dozen people attended a meeting at ANB Founders Hall to discuss the ferry situation and prepare food for shipping. Laurie Serka, outstation manager for Alaska Seaplanes, said Alaska Seaplanes, Sitka Custom Marine and Dr. Sul Ross Thorward donated shipping costs for the perishable food donated by AC Lakeside. Tom Gamble is planning to take a load of food to Angoon aboard his boat. Donations for shipping food to Kake are currently being sought. Contact for the donations is Nancy Furlow, ANS Camp 4 president, 907 227-9102. PHOTOS: clockwise from top left, Laurie Serka, Steve Schmidt and Marjo Vidad of Alaska Seaplanes load food bound for Angoon this morning. Tom Gamble and Chad Titell  deliver boxes of food from Sitka High School to ANB Founders Hall Thursday night. Paulette Moreno, ANS Grand Camp president, addresses volunteers Thursday night. Sitkans gather in a circle at ANB Founders Hall Thursday to brainstorm responses to the lack of state ferry service. (Sentinel Photos 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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