ON THE SPOT – Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School students Kenny Helem and Alina Lebahn answer geography questions this morning during the final round of the National Geography Geobee. Alina won the competition when she identified Panama as the location of the Darien National Park. As the Sitka winner she will take an on-line test in order to travel to Anchorage for the state competition. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Alice Mork

    Alice Mork, a Pelican resident for much of her life, “left this earth on Feb. 19, to join hands once again with her husband, Bill,” at age 89.
    At her request, no memorial service will be held.
    Although she never found a birth certificate to prove her place of birth, Alice most likely was born on March 7, 1922, to Bessie (Smith) and Thomas Kalamaras (shortened to Kalley) in either Michigan or Pennsylvania.
    She attended schools in Pennsylvania, Idaho and Washington before moving to Pelican, where her mother was working as a nurse. In her 20s, she also lived briefly in Juneau, Skagway, Wrangell and Sitka – mainly doing waitress work – before returning to Pelican.
    In the 1940s she married Bill Edgecomb, and they had one daughter. They were  divorced, and she later married Bill Mork.
    She and Bill acquired and lived on land at Sunnyside on Lisianski Inlet for a number of years before moving into Pelican. In the early 1970s they bought a home there, and stayed until moving to the Sitka Pioneers Home in 2008.
    In Pelican, Alice worked at various jobs, including as city clerk and for many years as a bookkeeper for Pelican Cold Storage, retiring in 1988.
    Alice took her retirement very seriously, and used the time reading books, knitting socks for family members and friends, and making homemade bread, pies, cookies and cakes for Bill.
    Her husband, companion of more than 60 years, pre-deceased her.
    She is survived by her daughter Alice Wolcott and her husband Jon; sister-in-law Marie Laws; brother-in-law Howard Ulrich;and sister-in-law Edie Mork, all of Sitka; brother-in-law Elmer and his wife Pat of Wrangell; and many nieces and nephews.

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