TREE LIGHTING – Sitkans gather next to a decorated spruce tree across from City Hall Saturday. Scores turned out for the Chamber of Commerce’s holiday celebration that included caroling, a tree lighting hosted by Mrs. Santa Claus, and remarks by Chamber of Commerce member Loren Olsen and City Administrator John Leach encouraging people to shop in town during the holiday season. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 12-3-21)

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 10:21 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 312

Total statewide – 146,558

Total (cumulative) deaths – 853

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,117

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 13 new resident COVID cases in the past 7 days, a rate of 152.52 per 100,000 population. Case statistics are as of Thursday.

New cases in Sitka – 2

Cases in last 7 days – 13

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,142

Cumulative non-resident cases – 102

Unique positive cumulative test results in Sitka, as of 11/26/21 – 1,266

Deceased (cumulative) – 5

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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December 2001

Photo caption: Cathy Hanson shovels snow off the sidewalk in front of Russell’s today. What started as a few flakes Monday evening had mounted to an estimated half-foot by noon today. More was forecast but rain is possible Wednesday.

December 1971 

Several fish fatalities resulted Monday night when a car apparently went out of control, ran off Halibut Point Road and slammed into the rear of Sitka Petland Store. Vibrations shattered fish tanks, and several hundred dollars worth of tropical fish were casualties.