OPEN AIR CONCERT – From left, musicians Ross Venneberg, Brian Neal, Wade Demmert and Roger Schmidt perform an outdoor brass concert for residents of the Pioneers Home Monday. The professional musicians, who are hunkered down in Sitka, are regulars at the annual Holiday Brass Concert. The Pioneers Home has been closed to visitors during the pandemic. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Cathi Markegard, 69, Dies; Service to be Held Sept. 26

Cathi Markegard

Catherine “Cathi” Lucille Markegard passed away peacefully on September 17, 2019, at the age of 69, in her home in Sitka, with her family by her side.
Services will be held at the First Baptist Church, 514 Halibut Point Road, at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 26, 2019.
Cathi is survived by her husband, James Markegard of Sitka; her children, Talli (Gouker) Van Horn (Justin) of Great Falls, Montana, and Tory Markegard (Maria) of Sitka; her grandchildren Chase Markegard of Juneau, Hailey Krebsbach of Tucson, Arizona, Cole Azar of Great Falls, Montana,  and Tadum Markegard and Rylee Markegard, both of Sitka.
She is also survived by her brother Bruce Stair (Sandy) of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, and their daughter DeDe Stair of Fresno, California.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin “Jack” Stair, of Ocean Shores, Washington, and Jacqueline (Allaire) Bell of Sitka.
Cathi was born in Seattle, Washington, on January 17, 1950. Her family moved to Alaska in 1953, when she was 3 years old. She graduated from Sitka High School in 1968, then attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
 In 1977 she was married to Jim Markegard, in Sitkas.
She worked as an accountant for Alaska Lumber and Pulp Co. and then the Sitka School District, until she retired at 60. After retirement she enjoyed splitting her time between her homes in Sitka and Surprise, Arizona.
Cathi was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Sitka. She enjoyed music and she loved to sing. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-7-20)

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 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Sunday: 19

Total statewide – 1,184

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 8 (3 resident; 5 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 12 (10 resident; 2 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 78.

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



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March 23, 2020



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