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)

Hilarion R. Miguel Dies; Longtime Sitkan was 92

Hilarion Recaido Miguel


Hilarion Recaido Miguel, a longtime resident, passed peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, October 27, 2021. He was 92. 

Hilarion was born July 23, 1929, in Laoag City, Philippines where he worked as a driver. He met his wife, Martina Bangloy, in Isabela and they married March 14, 1954. On February 14, 1985, they emigrated to the United States. After a brief visit to Hawaii, they moved to Sitka, where Hilarion was a driver and then worked at Sitka Sound Seafoods as a fish processor until he retired, after nearly 25 years of service.

He was an avid tinkerer and reader.  Solitaire was his favorite card game and he loved playing cards with his wife on the couch. 

What he enjoyed most was supporting his family in Sitka and in the Philippines. 

Hilarion was preceded in death by his parents Fortunata Recaido and Eugenio Miguel, both of Laoag City; and siblings Isabel dela Cruz Barroga of Honolulu and Marcelina Martin of Sitka.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Martina Miguel of Sitka; daughters Josie Ancheta (Robert) and Marchelle Rodrigo (Zaldy); grandchildren JR Ancheta, Aiza Miguel, Dazlymar Rodrigo-Grenadier (Nash), RJ Miguel (Kylee Jones), Luckyrae Miguel, Dhariel Rodrigo; and great-grandchild Kyler Rodrigo.

He also is survived by nieces Susie Martin,  Maria Warlita Martin; nephew Rudy Martin; and many grandnieces and nephews and great-grandnieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his beloved great-grand-dogs: Toby, Maizy and Loki. 

Pallbearers are Edmon Dumag, Edward Dumag, Aedon Dumag, Pete Villanueva, Mike Romine, Devan Romine, Levi Cumlat and Nash Grenadier.

Friends and family of Hilarion are invited to attend the funeral Mass at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, 12:05 p.m. Thursday, November 4. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m.

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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.