FULL FIELD – Bathtub toy ducks float down Granite Creek toward a finish line at Halibut Point Recreation Area Saturday afternoon during the annual Sitka Rotary Club duck race. First place, two Alaska Airlines round-trip tickets, were won by Ron and Leah Kari. This year all 3,500 ducks were sold by June 14. Money raised at the event is donated to dozens of Sitka non-profits. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Edward A. Venneberg, Longtime Sitkan, Dies

Edward A. Venneberg

Edward A. Venneberg, 80, longtime Sitka businessman, died Saturday, November 16, 2019 at his winter home in Sun City West, Arizona.
He leaves behind his son, Terry Venneberg and his wife, Jan Venneberg; his daughter, Lori Venneberg and her wife, Rozlyn Rouse; his son, Mike Venneberg and his wife, Tonya Venneberg; his grandsons, Ross and Cole Venneberg; his granddaughter, Ali Venneberg; and many close friends.
Born and raised in Chelan, Washington, the son of Alfred “Buster” and Rose (Crow) Venneberg, his life was spent enjoying homes in Washington, Alaska and Arizona.
In his early years, Ed enjoyed growing up in a small town, surrounded by family, including his two sisters, Ellen and Celia. After graduating from Chelan High School in 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in active duty, followed by Army Reserve service, until 1964. Ed also attended Wenatchee Valley College until marrying his first wife, Marjorie Weston, and moving to Seattle in 1959.
Ed’s career in insurance began in Seattle, working for the Washington Surveying & Rating Bureau. In 1964, he went to work for Cravens, Dargen & Co., until moving his family to Sitka in the summer of 1968. In Sitka, he started with Rushlow Insurance, then spent many years working for Corroon & Black/Dawson & Co.
In 1977, he married his second wife, JoAnn Wright and expanded his family to include two step-daughters, Jennifer and Wendy Wilson.
Ed took a huge leap of faith in himself in 1984, leaving his Seattle-based employer and starting his own agency in Sitka: Venneberg Insurance. He successfully grew his business for many years, finally retiring in 2000 and selling the agency to his son, Mike.
Ed Venneberg had a passion for life in Southeast Alaska, enjoying the outdoors with family and friends. He hunted in the early years, but focused on his love of boating, fishing, crabbing and shrimping over the decades. On the water, he found his second home.
A burial service will be held 2 p.m. Nov. 29 at Riverview Cemetery in Chelan.
Honorary pallbearers are George Baggen, Jerry Larrabee, Don McCarthy and Gary Piro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sitka Legacy Foundation.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-6-20)

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 1:25 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 28

Total statewide – 1,166

Total (cumulative) deaths – 16

Active cases in Sitka – 6 (3 resident; 3 non-resident)

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

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 74.

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



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March 23, 2020



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