SMILE! – The Pacific High School graduating class poses outside Harrigan Centennial Hall Saturday afternoon prior to their commencement ceremony. Because of COVID-19 concerns the ceremony was not open to the public. Pictured are Eric Alvarado,Chelsea Taylor, Madison Roy-Mercer, Lindsey Bartolaba, Melissa Gibson, Douglas Johnson, Korbin Tugmon, George Stevenson, Jayvan Iya-Kowchee and Elizabeth Newell. Sitka High School will hold its graduation ceremony Monday, May 24. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Walter A. Dangel Dies; WW II Veteran was 98

Walter A. Dangel

Walter Alexis Dangel, a World War II veteran and a Sitka resident for 74 years, died at home Thursday, Nov. 21. He was 98.
Private graveside services will be held today at Sitka National Cemetery, and a Mass will be at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church. Father Dwight Hoeberecht and Deacon Ron Mathews will officiate. (The family will be available to visit afterward.)
Walt was born June 3, 1921, in Stockton, California, the son of Josephine Versic and Robert A. Dangel, both of whom were born in Ohio to immigrant parents.
While attending Commerce High School in San Francisco, Walt joined the National Guard, and transferred into the U.S. Army before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He spent the next four years serving in Alaska and Europe during World War II.
It was during a short stay in Sitka on his way to serve in Kodiak that he met his lifelong partner, Margaret Claire. Three years later they reunited and married in Kodiak, days before he was transferred to the lower 48, and eventually to Europe.
After his discharge as a corporal, Walt returned to Sitka and his wife and newborn child. Walt and Marge raised six children in a log cabin on Cannon Island – at that time only a short row from town.
Always a busy man, Walt was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, the Elks Lodge, and an original member of the Sitka Amateur Radio Club. When the Sitka Ham Amateur Radio Klub (SHARK) formed here in recent years, he was made an honorary member.
Walt was proud of the fact that in his entire working career he was never unemployed. In Sitka he worked at the family business, Sitka Photo Shop Studio, as a photo finisher; and also was a longshoreman, scuba diver, assistant fire chief at Sitka Fire Department, and the Civil Defense director.
For some 20 years he was chief operator at the city hydro plant.
Walt was blessed with good humor and a great memory, enhancing a plethora of stories which he was always willing to share. As a longtime Sitkan and veteran, he knew a lot about Sitka’s history, including the war years, and  could show visitors around the military installations on the Causeway off Japonski.
He had many hobbies and pasttimes, including hunting, model railroading, taking family trips to Glacier Bay and circumnavigating Baranof and Chichigof Islands in the 26-foot converted gill netter Polaris. In later years, he and Marge took many trips around Alaska and the lower 48 in their motor home.
Walt was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret.
He is survived by children Katherine Dangel, Del Norte, Colorado; James Dangel of Sitka; Richard Dangel (Consorcia), now motorhoming in Florida; Ruth Culp (Vern) of Sitka; Patricia Dangel of Granite Falls, Washington; and Christine Dangel, of Davenport, Florida.
He also is survived by 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
The family expressed thanks to their dad’s private care givers, and the Home Health Departments of both Sitka hospitals.

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 5-17-21)

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 12:45 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 50

Total statewide – 66,814

Total (cumulative) deaths – 358

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,542

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

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Friday.

Active cases in Sitka – 7

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 372 (325 resident; 46 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 364

Deceased (cumulative) – 1

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

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Monday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 4,978 (71.64%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,612 (66.37%)

Total population (16+) –6,949

Sitka has vaccinated (with at least one dose) 1,245 (84.24%) of its senior population (1,478 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data for the City and Borough of Sitka can be found online at:





May 2001

Sitka High boys track team ran to a 2nd-place finish in Juneau while the girls finished fourth. Sitka long-jumper Derek Hirai leapt 19’9.5” for the 2nd highest jump in the state this year. ... Others doing well were Thor Hartwig, Matt Mangini, Damien LaMar, Jeff Loiselle, Logan Wild, Elgin Hollins, Brian Friske, Brian Mork, Mike Bagley, Cody Campbell ....

May 1971

New Loyal Order of Moose officers, installed Saturday, are Earl Arnold, Grant Laiblin Jr., James Gardner, William Wakefield Jr., Eddielee Hodnett, Basil Riley, Lloyd Van Doren, James Firestone Sr. and Lynden Kincaid.