Florence Southbloom

Services to be Held Oct. 8
For Florence Southbloom

Florence Southbloom, a Sitka resident during the 1970s and ’80s, passed away Sept. 2  in Centralia, Wash., after a long series of medical problems preceded by the onset of thyroid cancer.
She will be laid to rest in Sitka National Cemetery at 11 a.m. Oct. 8. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
Florence Thomas was born July 5, 1930, in Highland Park Mich., and was raised there. She and Carl Southbloom were married in Detroit May 8,1959.
They moved to Sitka in 1970, and Florence worked for the State of Alaska for a period of time as an eligibility worker under the supervision of  Isabel Miller, and later as a receptionist for Dr. Ed Spencer.
They moved to Juneau in the late 1980s, and she worked in a doctor’s office there before retiring in 1990.
The Southblooms watched their sons grow up through the Little League baseball programs, and graduate from Sitka High School.
Florence loved to sing and greatly enjoyed being a member of the Sitka Sweet Adelines and, after moving to Centralia, of the Senior Songbirds of the Lewis County Senior Center.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Carl, of Centralia; her son, Brian, and his wife, Stephanie, of Rainier, Wash.; her son, Bruce, of Crystal Lake, Ill.; her sister, Shirley Lytle, of Bozeman, Mont.; and numerous nephews and nieces.

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AK COVID-19 
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.

  

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20 YEARS AGO
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.

 

50 YEARS AGO
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.

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