FISH TO FLY – Charter clients claim their fish boxes at the Rocky Gutierrez Airport on Wednesday. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson) 




Marilyn Oen Dies at 83; Lived in Sitka 45 Years

Marilyn Mildred Strobel Oen

Marilyn Mildred Strobel Oen, a former Sitka resident, passed away in the company of her children on May 20, 2021, in Anacortes, Washington. She was 83.

Marilyn was above everything the family grande dame. She created traditions within her family and kept her five children and their children, and their children’s children close to her heart.

Grandma Marilyn was a true homemaker – she willingly shared her skills with her kids and their families. Throughout her life Marilyn enjoyed reading, bridge, church, traveling, sewing, her dog and gardening.

During the pandemic she missed her activities – Celebration Lutheran church, book club, garden club, bridge groups, quilting group and attending the local theatre. She did have her dog Molly, who is great company.

Marilyn was born September 3, 1937, in Pierre, North Dakota. She spent her childhood in North Dakota, attended college, married, and had five children.

In 1965 she moved to Sitka, where she taught school and raised her large family. In 2000 she retired and moved to Anacortes.

Grandma is survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

They are David and Connie Oen and their family, Amyee and Ole Oen, Darcie, Levi, Calleigh and Kaisen Egerton; Heather and Stan Saviage and their family, Jason Saviage, Aaron, Nikki, Avila and Ivan Saviage; Eric and Kipper Oen and their family, Chris and Kaley, Julie, Khaleesi and Sven Oen, and Sarah and Hank and Adeline and Olivia Leclerc; Glen and Sonia Oen, and family Jonathen Oen and Travis Oen; and Dawn and Jay Gillman and their family, Gunnar Gillman and Stella Gillman.

Marilyn’s children are hosting a celebration at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at daughter Dawn Gillman’s home at 6755 Hiline Lane, Anacortes. There will be a prayer and time for remembrance at 2 p.m.

“Please come to share Marilyn’s hospitality,” her family said.

Cards may be sent to P.O. Box 651, Anacortes, WA 98221.

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 6-17-21)

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 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 26

Total statewide – 67,936

Total (cumulative) deaths – 366

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,595

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. Wednesday.

Active cases in Sitka – 2

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 388 (339 resident; 49 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 386

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 Tuesday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 5,318 (72%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,940 (66%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 77 percent 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:





June 2001

When it comes to selling lots in the Gavan subdivision, the city has to look at the long-term picture, says City Planning Director Wells Williams. Since the 32 city-owned lots in the 69-lot subdivision went on sale in 1997; only 12 have sold. “We’d certainly like to sell a lot more,” Williams said.

June 1971

Myron J.  Oen, a Sitka High science teacher, has been accepted as a participant in the Academic Year Institute for Physics Teachers at Wisconsin State University.