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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At a Glance

(updated 5-18-22)

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 11:55 pm Wednesday, May 18.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,675

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 249,522

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,762

Current Hospitalizations – 44

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "medium.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Cases in last 7 days – 54

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,633

Hospitalizations (to date) – 32

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.





May 2002

Police blotter: Two juveniles who were seen throwing their belonging at each other were told to stop or face arrest. ... A woman was reported arguing with her husband and friends, all of whom agreed she had been drinking too much. ... A man said he thought a neighbor had his missing cat, but the neighbor showed police his cat and her six kittens. A watch will be kept for the missing cat.


May 2002

 There will not be a commercial herring spawn and help fishery in the Sitka area, Jim Parker, Fish & Game fisheries management biologist, announced.  There’s been good herring spawn but herring haven’t spawned in the macrocystis kelp beds.