EMERGENCY RESPONSE – Members of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood this week organized a city-wide food drive for residents of Angoon and other villages affected by the lack of Alaska Marine Highway System ferry service. Hundreds of pounds of food were collected at Sitka High School and other drop off sites. Thursday night about three dozen people attended a meeting at ANB Founders Hall to discuss the ferry situation and prepare food for shipping. Laurie Serka, outstation manager for Alaska Seaplanes, said Alaska Seaplanes, Sitka Custom Marine and Dr. Sul Ross Thorward donated shipping costs for the perishable food donated by AC Lakeside. Tom Gamble is planning to take a load of food to Angoon aboard his boat. Donations for shipping food to Kake are currently being sought. Contact for the donations is Nancy Furlow, ANS Camp 4 president, 907 227-9102. PHOTOS: clockwise from top left, Laurie Serka, Steve Schmidt and Marjo Vidad of Alaska Seaplanes load food bound for Angoon this morning. Tom Gamble and Chad Titell  deliver boxes of food from Sitka High School to ANB Founders Hall Thursday night. Paulette Moreno, ANS Grand Camp president, addresses volunteers Thursday night. Sitkans gather in a circle at ANB Founders Hall Thursday to brainstorm responses to the lack of state ferry service. (Sentinel Photos by James Poulson)

Kay Gichard

Katherine “Kay” Madeline Gichard, 88, died on April 23, 2014, in Ketchikan.
She was born to Zack and Anna Herman on Nov. 5, 1925, in Sitka, and graduated from Sitka High School in 1945.
She married Don Gichard on Jan. 28, 1961, in Ketchikan. In addition to Sitka and Ketchikan, she resided in Juneau and South Gate, Calif.
She was a member of Pioneers of Alaska, Women’s Bowling Assoc. and Women of the Moose.

She enjoyed watching Atlanta Braves baseball, playing pinochle, traveling, cooking and shopping at garage sales.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Zack and Anna Herman; and husband Don Gichard.
Mrs. Gichard is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Janice Gichard and Jeff Barry of Ketchikan; grandson, Andrew (Amber) Gichard of Chugiak; and granddaughters, Eliza Gichard of Anchorage and Frances Barry of Ketchikan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Ketchikan Pioneers Home Foundation, 141 Bryant St, Ketchikan, AK 99901.
A memorial service will be officiated by the Rev. Doug Edwards at 2 p.m. on May 3, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Ketchikan. A reception will follow the memorial service.

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