Kathy Swanberg

Services have been scheduled for Kathy Lynn Swanberg, a Sitka resident since 1978.
Church services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at the church Kathy attended, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 105 Shotgun Alley. A celebration of life will follow, at the Sitka High School commons.
 Kathy died of a suspected sudden cardiac arrest in her home in Sitka. She was 52.
She was born Feb. 6, 1960, in Cedar  City, Utah. After graduating in 1978 from Evergreen High School in Seattle Wash., she spent the summer in Pelican where she worked at the General Store. That fall she moved to Sitka where she went to work for  Harry Race. She met Eric Swanberg and got a job as a recreational assistant at the Sitka Pioneers Home before she settled down as a stay-at-home mom. As soon as all of her children were in school, she started as a secretary at Blatchley Middle School, and occasionally as a part-time cashier and accountant at AC Lakeside.
Kathy Swanberg was a wonderful, caring person, her family said. As a mother she was always ready to lend a helping hand to all of her family. She often volunteered her time to help others in need or offered support to the community.
She loved gardening, whether in her own garden or in the community one at Blatchley, and enjoyed walking out at Starrigavan with her family.
She was the hostess of many beautiful dinner parties, and recently started making scrapbooks for her children and birth family.
Kathy had a passion for life and a joyful spirit that all could feel while in her presence.
Kathy’s life is celebrated by her children: Cerisa of Carbondale, Colo.; Dylan of Sitka; Sheila, a student at UAF Fairbanks; and Alanna of Marco Island, Fla.
Also surviving are her father William H. Ady of Washington, and her siblings, Linda Ady of Pelican, Rodney Ady of Sitka, Gerald Ady of Washington, Curtis Ady of Utah, Susan Ady of Ellensburg, Wash., and Rory Ady of Kent, Wash..
Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, also survive. She was married to Eric Swanberg of Homer, Alaska, for 26 years.
Kathy’s mother, Ardella Ady, passed away in April 2006.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Swanberg Family Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo for memorial items, including a plaque at the Blatchley community garden.

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AK COVID-19

At a Glance

(updated 1-31-2023)

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, January 31.

New cases as of Tuesday: 792

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 291,060

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,436

Case Rate per 100,000 – 108.66

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 – 70.4

Cases in last 7 days – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,264

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.

 

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20 YEARS AGO

February 2003

By GIL TRUITT: It seems like only yesterday that I was aboard the Alaska Coastal Airlines Grumman Goose, taking off from Wrangell, headed for my hometown, Sitka, in February 1947. I was a student at Wrangell Institute at the time but that was quickly forgotten when the “Goose” pulled up on the Japonski Island ramp. The big student movement to Sitka from Wrangell had begun. The creation of Mt. Edgecumbe High School was under way.

 

50 YEARS AGO

February 1973

 This year’s theme for the Sitka High School girls third quarter challenge is “Beat the Pudgies.” ... Becoming a member guarantees taking off or readjusting inches, taking off excess pounds, developing muscle tone and losing unnecessary flab.

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