Gail Bruce Stromme Dies; Longtime Sitkan Was 73

Gail Bruce Stromme


Gail Bruce Stromme, 73, a longtime Sitka resident, passed away in his home March 28 from cancer. 

He was born January 22, 1949, in Bellingham, Washington, to Donald and Marianne (Martin) Stromme.

He attended Sitka High School, and continued his education at Sheldon Jackson College, graduating in 1969 with an associate of arts degree.

Gail began his career as a fish processor in Pelican, moved to Whitney Fidalgo Seafoods in Anchorage, and then returned to Sitka as plant manager when the Halibut Producers Co-op (now Seafood Producers Co-op) built their processing plant. He retired from Sitka Sound Seafoods-North Pacific Seafoods in 2013.

He lived for his hunting and fishing trips, and had a lifelong passion for motorcycles. 

He is survived by his wife Cheryl Stromme; daughter, Inga Stromme and her husband Lee Raimond; son, Kerry Stromme; grandson, Jensen Raimond; his sister, Diane Bidgood; and lifelong friends Alan Andersen, Richard Dangel and Jim Dangel.

A private family ceremony will be held. 

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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.