Ann Svendsen Mann Dies; Former Resident Was 78

Ann Svendsen Mann


Former Sitka resident Ann Svendsen Mann, of Edmonds, Washington,  passed away at the age of 78 on August 4, 2021.

She was born December 25, 1942, in Seattle, Washington, to Roy and Constance (Hill) Svendsen.

Her family moved to Sitka, where she graduated from Sitka High School, in 1961. She was an active alumni member, still gathering with classmates every five years. Their last reunion took place just days before she passed.

Ann graduated from the Pacific Lutheran University School of Nursing and spent her early years working as a nurse in Virginia, Washington and Alaska. With her extensive background in the field, she went into medical sales followed by opening her own business: Mann Medical, a medical billing firm, located in Edmonds.

Ann was a longtime member of the First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach and a proud member of the Ballard Sons of Norway lodge. She was the life of every party, she knew how to have fun and take care of her people, friends said. Being a nurse at heart, she was an inspiration, mentor, and friend to so many people in her life.

She was also incredibly passionate about giving back and raising money for her community: after winning her battle with breast cancer in 2014, she led “Team Ann Mann,” partnered with her dear friend Momi Bowles, and raised  $20,000 for breast cancer awareness.

Ann also volunteered weekly at the local food bank, helping pass out food to those in need.

She is survived by her daughter, Kirsten Mann of Seattle; daughters-in-law Kristina Sherlock of Seattle and Linda Svendsen of Oak Harbor, Washington; and grandchildren Synnove Svendsen of Bellingham, and Davian Sherlock of Seattle.

Ann was preceded in death by her son, Jason Svendsen, of Edmonds, on February 11, 2018.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the Svendsen Scholarship fund has been set up in her honor:

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At a Glance

(updated 5-18-22)

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 11:55 pm Wednesday, May 18.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,675

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 249,522

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,762

Current Hospitalizations – 44

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "medium.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Cases in last 7 days – 54

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,633

Hospitalizations (to date) – 32

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.





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