TREE LIGHTING – Sitkans gather next to a decorated spruce tree across from City Hall Saturday. Scores turned out for the Chamber of Commerce’s holiday celebration that included caroling, a tree lighting hosted by Mrs. Santa Claus, and remarks by Chamber of Commerce member Loren Olsen and City Administrator John Leach encouraging people to shop in town during the holiday season. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Ruth Marie Seng Dies at 85; Services to be Held in 2022

Ruth Marie Seng


Ruth Marie Seng, of 311 Tlingit Way, died unexpectedly on Wednesday evening, October 13, 2021, at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center. She was 85.

She was born October 3, 1936, in Eastlake, Michigan, the daughter of Edward John and Marcella Adelaide (Guenthardt) Skocelas. She was a graduate of Muskegon Heights High School, class of 1954.

Ruth married William (Bill) Leo Seng on September 22, 1956, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muskegon, Michigan.  The couple moved to Manistee, Michigan, in 1959, where Ruth lived until 2011 when she moved to Sitka, where she enjoyed the good life.

Ruth really enjoyed people and any opportunity to laugh.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Bill on June 19, 1998, and by sisters Patty Lee and Anita Engleman.

She is survived by her daughter Wendy Seng and son-in-law Robson Hall of Sitka; and two sons, Jeffrey Seng and Ed and Cathy Seng all of Manistee; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are a sister, Anna Lois Skoczylas of Fremont and brother-in-law Virgil Lee of Spring Lake both of Michigan.

Numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.

The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements, which will be held in the spring of 2022.  Burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee.

A memorial for Ruth has been joined with Bill’s at the Manistee County Community Foundation in honor of their loving partnership and to help continue their legacies.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing to give a gift in Ruth’s memory  may contribute to the Bill and Ruth Seng Memorial Fund online, or by mailing a check to the Manistee County Community Foundation at 395 Third Street, Manistee, MI 49660.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 12-3-21)

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 10:21 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 312

Total statewide – 146,558

Total (cumulative) deaths – 853

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,117

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 13 new resident COVID cases in the past 7 days, a rate of 152.52 per 100,000 population. Case statistics are as of Thursday.

New cases in Sitka – 2

Cases in last 7 days – 13

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,142

Cumulative non-resident cases – 102

Unique positive cumulative test results in Sitka, as of 11/26/21 – 1,266

Deceased (cumulative) – 5

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

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December 2001

Photo caption: Cathy Hanson shovels snow off the sidewalk in front of Russell’s today. What started as a few flakes Monday evening had mounted to an estimated half-foot by noon today. More was forecast but rain is possible Wednesday.

December 1971 

Several fish fatalities resulted Monday night when a car apparently went out of control, ran off Halibut Point Road and slammed into the rear of Sitka Petland Store. Vibrations shattered fish tanks, and several hundred dollars worth of tropical fish were casualties.