Geoffrey Gebhart Dies Former Resident was 63

Geoffrey Blake Gebhart

Geoffrey Blake Gebhart, who once resided in Sitka, died in Pistoia, Italy, on July 29, 2023. He was 63.

He was born Jan. 25, 1960, in Negaunee, Michigan, the son of Donald and Olive Jean (Williams) Gebhart. 

The family moved to Pueblo, Colorado, where Geoff graduated from high school and immediately joined the U.S. Coast Guard. After basic training, his first station was on the Coast Guard Cutter Clover, docked in Sitka. In 1979 he met and married Cindy Seifert in Sitka, and they had two sons, Ben and Dylan. 

After Geoff left the Coast Guard, he worked in the medical field, at Sitka Community Hospital and the Pioneers Home. There he met and married Sydney Moran, who became a second mom to the boys, and still is.

They moved to Florida in 1999, and Geoff spent 11 years doing mission work in Ethiopia, teaching First Aid to ambulance drivers and CPR to nurses there.

Many years later Geoff met his last love, Giulia, and they were married in a grand pirate wedding. Soon after, the Gebharts moved to Italy, Giulia’s home.

They lived a peaceful life there, gardening and enjoying Italy’s beauty.

Geoff fought hard for a year with a lung illness, even getting a transplant. He passed away peacefully with his wife by his side, on July 29. He was 63.

Geoff was preceded in death by his parents, and leaves behind his wife and two sons, Ben and Dylan, both of Sitka.


“Mother mother Ocean, I have heard your call, 

“Wanted to sail upon your waters, since I was 3 feet tall,

You’ve seen it all, you’ve seen it all.

Yes I am a pirate, 200 years too late,

The canons don’t thunder, there’s nothing to plunder, I’m an over-40 victim of fate,

Arriving too late, arriving too late.”

From “A Pirate Looks at 40” by Jimmy Buffett

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At a Glance

(updated 9-12-2023)

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 8:57 a.m. Tuesday, September 12.

New cases as of Tuesday: 278

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 301,513

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,485

Case Rate per 100,000 – 38.14

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 – 152.50

Cases in last 7 days – 13

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,575

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






September 2003

After the season-opening Ketchikan High School swim meet last week, Sitka High swimmer Matt Way is ranked first in the state in the100-meter breaststroke, while Carrington Gorman is ranked second in the 50-meter freestyle.



September 1973

From Around Town: Sitka Historical Society met Sunday at the Centennial Building with the people who had hosted the Historical Room during tour ship visits here. The ladies of the society served a nice Russian Tea from their samovar, and passed around Russian tea cakes.