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Former resident Leatha Vada Aitken dies at 90

Former Wrangell resident Leatha Vada Aitken "went home to her Lord" on July 19, in Juneau surrounded by family. Vada, as she was known, was born Nov. 12, 1931, to James Virgil and Maude Briscoe in Hea... Full story

 

Mel Bjorge dies at 53

Melville "Mel" John Bjorge, 53, of Wrangell, passed away on Sept. 12, 2021, from natural causes, the family said. Mel was born June 25, 1968, at Bishop Rowe Hospital. He was the last baby born at... Full story

 

Veteran Richard Wiederspohn dies at 72

Richard “Rick” Wiederspohn, 72, of Wrangell, passed away on May 27. Rick moved to Wrangell in 1966. He was a Vietnam veteran with the U.S. Army and a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge. Rick had a brief battle of pneumonia. He was surrounded by... Full story

 

Volunteer fireman Robert Wickman dies at 76

Robert "Bob" Wickman, 76, of Wrangell, passed away on Jan. 13. A celebration of life and potluck picnic will be held at 11 a.m. July 6 at Shoemaker Park. Bob was born in Ketchikan to Robert Wickman... Full story

 

Former Wrangell minister Terry Whittlesey dies at 81

Terry Whittlesey, 81, "a man of great faith, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior" on June 6 in Spanaway, Washington. He had served as pastor at Harbor Light Church in Wrangell from 1979 to... Full story

 

Services July 6 for Rosemary Pagano (Kalkins)

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. July 6 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church for Rosemary Pagano (Kalkins), who passed away at the age of 87 on Nov. 7, 2021, in Anchorage, leaving behind two... Full story

 

Glenda Gillen dies at 79; helped bring Head Start to town

Glenda L. Gillen, 79, passed away in her home surrounded by her husband and children "and lots of love" on May 18 in Wrangell. Glenda's family will hold a private church service for her. Glenda was... Full story

 

Rose May Offley Shilts Sundberg dies at 92

Rose May Offley Shilts Sundberg, 92, passed away on Jan. 4, 2022, in Wrangell. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Rose was born in Vargas, Minnesota, on May 31, 1929. She moved to Wra... Full story

 

Former resident Mary Hoyt dies at 84 in Arizona

Former Wrangell resident Mary Delia Hoyt, 84, died Jan. 11, 2022, at her home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. She was born March 19, 1937, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Sabina and John Weber, one of five children. “Mary met the love of her life, Herb H... Full story

 

Former Wrangell teacher Carroll Merritt dies at 86

Former Wrangell resident Carroll Merritt, 86, died July 21, 2021, in Fort Benton, Montana. He was born in 1935, the first child of Bonnie and Ves Merritt, of Sturgis, South Dakota. During elementary school the family lived a short time in Deadwood, S... Full story

 

Commercial fisherman Randy Maygard dies at 68

Former Wrangell resident Randy Charles Maygard, 68, died March 2. He was born Sept. 14, 1953, to Charles and Nancy Maygard, of Seattle. Randy grew up part of his life in Seattle, where he attended... Full story

 

Celebration of life for Craig William Campbell on May 7

A celebration of life for former Wrangell resident Craig William Campbell will be held May 7 at the Wrangell Elks Club. He died Jan. 23 in Oregon. Craig was born on April 26, 1945, in Pierre, South... Full story

 

Services Saturday for former mayor Dave Jack

Dave Jack, 78, died Feb. 23 at home in Wrangell. Services will be held at noon Saturday, March 5, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, followed by a graveside vigil at 1 p.m. at Sunset... Full story

 

Memorial gathering for David Matelski March 19

A memorial gathering for David "Dave" James Matelski will be held 2 p.m. March 19 at the pavilion in Coffman Cove. He died in his home June 20, 2021. David was born in Petersburg on July 16, 1969. He... Full story

 

Billie Foust known for her years on KSTK

Billie Foust, 65, died Jan. 14 in Ketchikan, where she had lived the past couple of years. She was born April 1956 in Arcata, California, to Ethel Miller and Bill Foust. Billie spent most of her life... Full story

 

Willy Eyon, who helped build Wrangell, dies at 91

Willy Eyon passed away on Oct. 31, 2021, at the Wrangell Medical Center long-term care facility at the age of 91. Born in Wrangell on Sept. 27, 1930, Willy would go on to graduate from Wrangell High... Full story

 

Native leader Gilbert Gunderson dies at 91

Gilbert Gunderson passed away on Dec. 22, 2021. He was born June 24, 1930, in Wrangell on Shakes Island, as was his sister Nellie Torgramsen, to Margaret Shakes and Gunnar Gunderson. Their... Full story

 

Chuck Helland leaves 38 years of Wrangell family and friends

Clarence "Chuck" E. Helland died Dec. 6 at Wrangell Medical Center. He was 82 years old. "Cancer came back and it took over quickly," the family wrote. He was born April 28, 1939, to Joseph and Leah... Full story

 

Avid gardener Leona Davidson dies at 86

Leona Kohler Davidson, a 15-year resident of Wrangell, died Nov. 22, at age 86. She was born May 30, 1935, to Leo James Kohler and Delia Nikolai, in Talkeetna. Davidson moved to Wrangell in 2006... Full story

 

Former resident Warren Powers dies at 85

Former Wrangell resident Warren Deville Powers Jr., 85, passed away Dec. 3 in Azle, Texas. Powers was born in Seattle on Dec. 4, 1935, to Warren D. and Isabelle Powers Sr. He grew up in Wrangell,... Full story

 

Mark Seimears dies at 65; arrived by riverboat in 1960

After a courageous four-year battle with cancer, Mark Dwayne Seimears passed away on Nov. 26, 2021, in Wrangell, at age 65. Mark was born on Feb. 20, 1956, in Everett, Washington, to Margaret and... Full story

 

Linda Jack moved to Wrangell on her anniversary 49 years ago

Linda Sue Jack, 71, a 49-year resident of the community, died Nov. 25 at Wrangell Medical Center. She and her husband, David Jack, moved from Oklahoma and arrived in Wrangell on Nov. 19, 1972 - on... Full story

 

Bob Wickman remembered for his laugh and compassion

"It is with great sorrow that we share the death of Robert Wickman III, 58, on Sept. 21, 2021, in Anchorage, from complications of COVID-19," his family wrote. "A resident of Ketchikan, he was... Full story

 

Lester Schultz celebration of life Nov. 14

Long-time Wrangell resident Lester Allan Schultz, 60, died Oct. 23 at the Wrangell Medical Center. A memorial service and celebration of life is planned for 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Elks. The event is a... Full story

 

Leonard Angerman remembered for his wit, smiles and stories

Leonard Charles Angerman was born at home June 12, 1935, and died Sept. 22, 2021, at Wrangell Medical Center. "His 86 years were full of bumps and obstacles, which he met with courage, hope and a... Full story

 

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