SPRING – Connor Dunlap, grounds maintenance specialist with the Sitka Public Works Department, weeds the garden near the Crescent Harbor parking lot this morning. A stretch of record warm weather has crocuses blooming and trees budding. Tuesday's record high temperature for the day was 67 degrees. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Karen Stalkfleet, Resident Since 1974, Dies at Age 61

Karen Stalkfleet

Karen Stalkfleet, 61, passed away December 24, 2018, after a short battle with lung cancer. She was surrounded by her family.
 Karen was born September 5, 1957, in Junction City, Oregon, to James and Bonnie Slaven. She moved to Alaska in 1974, and in 1987 married Michael Stalkfleet. She became a mother to Rose in 1987 and to Christi in 1992.
She worked at the Sitka Pioneers Home, caring for Alaska’s elders until her retirement in 2014 after many years of service.
She was known for her kind heart and generous spirit and was happiest when surrounded by her children, grandchild, and other family members. She loved to cook and serve her loved ones. Those who were close to her knew the amazing food she would make. She also enjoyed shopping at thrift stores and garage sales and would find some of the best items.
Karen is survived by her daughter Rose Stalkfleet and Cory Gould, and grandson Lucas Gould, of Sitka; siblings Gary (Christi) Slaven, Joan Sherry, Roger (Jean) Slaven, Mike Slaven, Randy (Hope) Bailey, and Doug Bailey.
She will be missed by her many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents James and Bonnie Slaven, her husband Michael Stalkfleet, her daughter Christi Stalkfleet, and her brother Jack Slaven,
 Memorial services are still being determined. Correspondence and condolences may be mailed to 613 Monastery St., Sitka, Alaska 99835.

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