Candace Bartels Dies; Lifelong Sitkan was 67

Candace Theodora Bartels

Candace Theodora Bartels, a lifelong Sitka resident, passed away in Sitka on the morning of March 31. She was 67.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Candy was born in Sitka on Dec. 31, 1955. She was a member of the Sitka High School class of 1974, and over the years she worked at Alaska Lumber & Pulp, and then at the Double O Senior Center as a van driver – she loved driving the elderly, and they all loved her.

She loved spending time with her family and taking daily rides with her son while drinking her favorite coffee, stopping at stores to shop.

She also loved to cook and bake,  and enjoyed crocheting and knitting, shopping at stores online and in town, and playing solitaire on her tablet for hours and hours.

Candy was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Flora Anderson.

She is survived by her son, John Bartels Jr. of Sitka; and cousins Sandra Lawton, Anna Lawton, Donald Anderson, William Anderson, and Charlotte Bernhardt, all of Sitka, Jennie Lawton of Oregon, and Jean Hamar of Juneau.

Nieces and nephews include Cindy Ricaporte, Trevin Ricaporte, Mary Bernhardt, Charles Emanoff, Maren Tucker, Richard Biggs Jr., Kristin Ricketts, Steven Bartels, Kenneth Bartels and Jeannie Emanoff.

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At a Glance

(updated 5-30-2023)

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 12:15 pm Tuesday, May 30.

New cases as of Tuesday: 165

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 298,078

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,468

Case Rate per 100,000 – 22.64

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 58.70

Cases in last 7 days – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,424

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






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Sitka Community Hospital board of directors has asked SEARHC to stop providing most health care services to non-beneficiary patients. “During the collaborative process SEARHC has said they’re happy to do anything they can do to help,” said SCH Administrator Bill Patten. “This is one of the things they can do – not provide services to non-beneficiaries.”



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What began 50 years ago in a Methodist parsonage in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will be celebrated Sunday in Sitka. Les and Caroline Yaw’s four children invite the couple’s many, many friends to attend a golden wedding anniversary reception at the Centennial Building.