Thomas Widmark

Services have been scheduled for Thomas John Widmark, a U.S. Navy veteran and lifelong Sitkan.
    A military graveside service will be held noon Monday, Jan. 9, at Sitka National Cemetery. Afterward, a luncheon will be provided at the ANB Hall.
    Bus service will be provided for the elderly. Up to 13 passengers will be picked up at the ANB Hall at 11:30 a.m., and returned to the hall following graveside services.
    A private viewing for the immediate family will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Prewitts Funeral Home.
    Tom died Dec. 30 at his home. He was 57.
    He was born Dec. 21, 1954, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. He was  baptized as a Presbyterian.
    He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Aug. 10, 1972, and was an engine mechanic on the USS Gridley. His tour of duty ended Aug. 1, 1975.
    Tom was employed at Alaska Pulp Corp., Sitka National Historical Park, Arrowhead Taxi and Sitka Taxi. He was a member of American Legion Post 13.
    He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Julia and Lawrence Jonathan Widmark, and Thomas and Charlotte Young; his mother, Pearl Dick; brother, Charles Widmark; nephew, Michael Widmark; and by an aunt, Winnie Brenner.
    He is survived by his father, Lawrence A. Widmark Sr., stepmother Frances Widmark Sr.; brothers Woody Widmark and his wife Jeannie of Sitka, and Clifford Edenshaw of Anchorage; sisters Frances Widmark Jr. and Sally Gregory of Anchorage, and Stephanie Edenshaw of Sitka; nephews Robert Widmark and Lester Widmark of Sitka, and Tony Pruss and Chad Cushin-Edenshaw of Anchorage; nieces Tara Edenshaw and Michelene Edenshaw of Anchorage and Beverly Chartrand of Sitka; and aunts and uncles, including Eric Widmark of Seattle.
    Numerous cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews and uncles also survive.
    Pallbearers will be Lester Widmark, Mitchell Young, John Hammock, Clifford Edenshaw and Harvey Kitka.
    Honorary pallbearers are Ivor Maline, Jay Bingham, Earl Williams Sr., Harold Schaeffer, Terry Charles, Harold Kitka, Ray Nielsen, Charlie Daniels and Robbie Martin.
    Memorial donations may be directed to Woody Widmark, 444 Katlian Street, or Stephanie Edenshaw, 411 Marine Street, No. 1.

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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.