FIT FOR DUTY – Thirty-seven recruits graduating from the Alaska Department of Public Safety Training Academy's Law Enforcement Training Session 1802 take the oath of office this afternoon at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. The audience was told that during the rigorous 16-week session recruits lost a combined 200 pounds of body fat. The graduates will be taking law enforcement positions around the state from the North Slope Borough Police Department to statewide Alaska Wildlife Troopers to the Ketchikan Police Department. Speaker at the ceremony was DPS Deputy Commissioner William Comer, who graduated from the academy in 1985. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Florence Southbloom

Services to be Held Oct. 8
For Florence Southbloom

Florence Southbloom, a Sitka resident during the 1970s and ’80s, passed away Sept. 2  in Centralia, Wash., after a long series of medical problems preceded by the onset of thyroid cancer.
She will be laid to rest in Sitka National Cemetery at 11 a.m. Oct. 8. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
Florence Thomas was born July 5, 1930, in Highland Park Mich., and was raised there. She and Carl Southbloom were married in Detroit May 8,1959.
They moved to Sitka in 1970, and Florence worked for the State of Alaska for a period of time as an eligibility worker under the supervision of  Isabel Miller, and later as a receptionist for Dr. Ed Spencer.
They moved to Juneau in the late 1980s, and she worked in a doctor’s office there before retiring in 1990.
The Southblooms watched their sons grow up through the Little League baseball programs, and graduate from Sitka High School.
Florence loved to sing and greatly enjoyed being a member of the Sitka Sweet Adelines and, after moving to Centralia, of the Senior Songbirds of the Lewis County Senior Center.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Carl, of Centralia; her son, Brian, and his wife, Stephanie, of Rainier, Wash.; her son, Bruce, of Crystal Lake, Ill.; her sister, Shirley Lytle, of Bozeman, Mont.; and numerous nephews and nieces.

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