Gladys Marie Bellows, Passes Away at Age 99

Gladys Marie Bellows


Our fun-filled,  always smiling loving mother Gladys Marie Bellows, 99, earned her angel wings on December 15, 2021, her family said.

“Dear Mom, thanks for reminding me that sugar makes food sweeter, but it is love that makes life sweeter,” one member said.

Gladys was born on Nov. 6, 1922,  in Preston, Minnesota, to Hans and Andrine (Lunde) Holger. After graduating from high school in Harmony, Minnesota, she married her sweetheart, Forrest Bellows, and went to California. After the birth of two sons and Forrest’s stint in the Army they moved to Wyoming, then later to Iowa and Minnesota where they resided for several years. Gladys worked several years as head cook in the Fridley School District in Minnesota.

After retiring they moved to northern Minnesota where they built a lake home – many memories there of family and friends. Later they moved to Mantorville, Minnesota, where they became members of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Gladys liked being involved in the activities there, especially the making of lefse during the holidays.

Forrest died in 1990, and Gladys moved to Sitka in 2004 to be with her three children. She enjoyed volunteering at the White Elephant and making quilts at the Lutheran Church. Reading and working the Sitka Sentinel crossword kept her busy, along with being with family.

Gladys was one of seven siblings all of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by her children, Ken Bellows and Ron Bellows, both of Mesa, Arizona, and Dee Hanson of Sitka.

Her 10 grandchildren are Joanie (Brent) Young of Mt. Vernon, Washington, Kim (Blake) Lanagan of Emory, Texas, Wes Bellows of Fruita, Colorado, Mitchell (Mary) Bellows of Ramsey, Minnesota, Todd (Tonia) Hanson of Sitka, Brian Bellows of Sitka, Juli (Deuce) Audette of Sitka, Jodi Bellows of Soldotna, Shawn Hanson of Sitka, and Blaise Bellows of Juneau.

Several great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren also survive.

Graveside services will be held in the spring in Mantorville, Minnesota, next to her husband. 


“I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.

I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun

Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.”

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At a Glance

(updated 1-12-22)

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 am Wednesday.

New cases as of Friday: 2,512

Total statewide – 172,329

Total (cumulative) deaths – 955

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,337

Current Hospitalizations – 103

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 153 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 34

Cases in last 7 days – 153

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,531

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

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





January 2002

Classified ads, Rentals: 3-bdrm. house on the beach. $900; 3-bdrm duplex, washer/dryer $945; Great downtown house, 2 bdrms., 2 baths, furnished,
W/D, hardwood floors $850; 2-bdrm. roomy apartment $945..


January 1972

The City and Borough Assembly Tuesday approved an ordinance establishing a transportation committee to advise the assembly and promote transportation services for the municipality. Members are Cecil McClain, Ray Mabey, Clarence Kramer,
Dick Cushing and Burt Hansen.