GROWING CONCERNS – Sitkans Andrea Fraga and Kaleb Aldred of Middle Island Gardens introduce themselves to an audience of around 100 this afternoon during the Southeast Alaska Farmers Summit in Sweetland Hall on the SJ campus. The three-day conference, organized by Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, Sustainable Southeast Partnership, runs through Sunday at several Sitka venues. Some of Saturday's topics include farming in Fairbanks, pest control and cultivating gourmet mushrooms. Vendor tables will be set up on Saturday and Sunday at Harrigan Centennial Hall. (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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