GRAB AND GO - Library patron Tina Johnson, left, and Joanna Perensovich, information services librarian, wear masks in the Sitka Library this afternoon. The library no longer has couches for patrons, but does have computer desks widely spaced apart for people to access for one-hour periods. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Stephanie Edenshaw, Former Resident, Dies in Anchorage

Stephanie Joyce Edenshaw

Anchorage resident Stephanie Joyce Edenshaw passed away June 25, 2020, at Alaska Native Medical Center. She was 63.

Burial arrangements are being handled by Janssen Funeral Home. No memorial services will be held; graveside services will be announced at a later date.

Honorary pallbearers will be Clifford Edenshaw, Tracy Shaffer, James S. Keele, Josh Adams, Kay-Ci Lambert and Braden Gomez.

Stephanie was born December 18, 1956, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Stephanie enjoyed going on road trips; she always had great music playing; and her warm smile made it easy for her to make friends wherever she went.

During the time she spent at her apartment complex, she made many friends, who treasured her.

While Stephanie resided in her hometown of Sitka, she was an active member of Native corporations, Alaska Native Sisterhood, and other organizations she believed in.

Stephanie was retired at the time of her death. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, working on puzzles, gardening, and crocheting.

Stephanie is survived by her daughters, Michelene Adams (Josh Adams) and Tara Edenshaw, all of Anchorage, and Dodi Couch (Duane Couch) of Palmer.

Grandchildren are Kay-Ci Lambert, Marissa Crabtree; Caden Robinson, Abigail Ditullio-Edenshaw all of Anchorage; Dani, Gayden and Ty Couch of Palmer; and Braden Gomez of Colorado Springs, Colorado; nephews Chad Edenshaw of Anchorage, Aaron Edenshaw of Seattle, Washington, Randolph Edenshaw of Tacoma, Washington; and niece Rachel Edenshaw of Sequim, Washington.

She also is survived by her sisters Sally J. Gregory, Frances J. Widmark, Jr. (Tracy Shaffer) and brother Clifford Edenshaw, all of Anchorage; aunt Lorraine Chartrand of Sitka; and numerous cousins and great-cousins.

She was preceded in death by her son Tony (Anthony) J. Pruss; her mother Frances J. Widmark Sr.; stepfather Lawrence Widmark; and her grandson Jason Aldrich.

Stephanie requested to be laid to rest in Anchorage by her son Tony, so, the family decided there will be no service held in Sitka.

Cards of condolence and other communication can be sent to Sally J. Gregory, 905 W. 29th Place, Anchorage, AK 99503.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-10-20)

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 noon Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 51

Total statewide – 1,323

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 5 (2 resident; 3 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 13 (11 resident; 2 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 80.

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. 




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March 23, 2020



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