LONG LAYOVER – Bill Foster checks out the 40-foot Russian-flagged inflatable catamaran, Iskatel, that’s been hauled out near the UAS parking lot for the past two years. The pandemic put a halt to the international sailing trip that began in Russia, but the skipper, Anatoly Kazakevich, who recently spoke to the Sentinel, is hopeful about resuming the adventure in the spring and sailing to Siberia. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Carol ‘Sue’ Falkner Dies; Was a Longtime Sitkan

Carol “Sue” Falkner

Carol “Sue” Falkner, a beloved wife, mother, aunt, grandmother “Oma” and great-grandmother, went home to Jesus surrounded by family on Dec. 19, 2020. She would have been 81 on Dec. 24.

She was born in Ventura, Calif., the daughter of John and Ethel McArdle, and grew up in California. She received an undergraduate degree in nutrition  from Humboldt State, and in history from California State University Los Angeles, then earned a master’s from Chico State.

 She taught school for several years in California. She married Ted Falkner on Aug. 20, 1960, in Arcata, California. He was with the U.S. Forest Service, and they lived in areas of California before coming to Alaska in 1981, living in Juneau, where Sue worked for Behrends Bank, then moving to Sitka where she worked first for First National Bank of Anchorage. She later was with Body World Gym, and for the past nearly 30 years has been at Abby’s Reflection Apparel and Quiltworks.

She was a member of Ocean Wave Quilt Guild, and Rainy Day Dollmakers.

First and foremost, Sue loved the Lord with all her heart. She liked to quilt, read and be outdoors, and enjoyed long walks with beloved friends and being in the company of family.  She treasured her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sue loved life and brought joy to all who encountered her.

She belonged to the Sitka Christian Center.

Sue will be forever cherished and remembered by her husband Ted, of Sitka; children Marci (Jay) Williams of Seattle, Patty (Rod) Ady of Sitka, and Todd; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and sister Kathy Warner of Georgia.

Sue also will be missed by her nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

A celebration of her life will be held when the pandemic allows. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 10-26-21)

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 10:02 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 749

Total statewide – 130,482

Total (cumulative) deaths – 688

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 2,749

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 30 new resident COVID cases in the past 7 days, a rate of 351.99 per 100,000 population. Alert status will be high until the rate per thousand is below 100. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 4 

Cases in last 7 days – 30

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,088

Cumulative non-resident cases – 102

Unique positive cumulative test results in Sitka, as of 10/22/21 – 1,210

Deceased (cumulative) – 5

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

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October 2001

Bart Meyer earned first place in the Sitka Sportsman’s Association’s annual Alaska Day Biathlon. He was followed by Jeremy McLaughlin, Paul Lashway, Greg Horton and Jack Ozment.

October 1971

The Alaska Day parade was one of the longest ... Alaska Airlines’float with a giant golden samovar and the New Archangel Dancers aboard won first place; the Sitka High band and drill team won second; the Pioneer Bar float won third, and honorable mentions went to the Coast Guard float and Mt. Edgecumbe High band.