Daniel Richard Wegner

Daniel Richard Wegner, a former Sitka teacher, passed away at home in Ocean View, Hawaii, Dec. 28, 2012, after a battle with esophageal cancer.  He was 66.
He was cremated and his ashes will be scattered at various meaningful places.  A private family commemoration is planned.
Dan was born May 17, 1946, in Saginaw, Mich., and grew up and graduated from high school in Bridgeport.  He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central Michigan University.
He taught and counseled students in Sitka, where he met Dona Foster; they married Dec., 11, 1981.
Dan loved the outdoors and had a great passion for fishing and hunting.  He hunted with a rifle and bow, and had trophies from Alaska, Canada, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Texas, Pennsylvania and South Africa. 
Dan and Dona built homes in Alaska, Hawaii and Wyoming.  They traveled extensively whenever they could get away from Aloha Protea Farms.  He was known as “Dan the Flower Man,” and produced and packaged gift boxes of protea from Hawaii and sent them all over North America.  The flowers helped brighten people’s lives.
He is survived by his wife, Dona Foster of Ocean View, and three children, Daniel (Mary) of Freeland, Mich., Michelle ( Matthew)  of  Medina, Tenn., and Amy Button of Houston, Texas, and her mother Linda.
One brother, Bill (Judith) of Saginaw; four granddaughters, Madison, Larkin, Hannah and Karleigh; and his hunting buddies and other friends also survive.
Dona’s family, of Clearmont, Wyo., includes her parents, Ralph and Terri Foster, and sisters Peggy, Brenda and Rebecca.
 Dan’s parents, Harold and Dora, preceded him in death.   

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AK COVID-19

At a Glance

(updated 5-25-22)

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 25.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,911

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 251,425

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,776

Current Hospitalizations – 46

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 – 25

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,658

Hospitalizations (to date) – 32

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.

  

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20 YEARS AGO
May 2002

 

From Sitka’s Past by Robert DeArmond: May 14, 1878 – The steamer California brought a cannery crew to Sitka for one of the first two salmon canneries in Alaska. The cannery, located at Starrigavan, operated for only two seasons and was abandoned.

50 YEARS AGO
May 1972

 The work of four Sitka artists will be represented in the Ketchikan Arts and Crafts Guild Traveling Show. The artists are Alice Bergdoll, Linda Larsen, Marilyn Nevers and Clint Miller.

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