Robin S. Klanott Dies; Longtime Sitkan was 61

Robin Suezanne Klanott

Robin Suezanne Klanott, a Sitka resident for many years, passed away on May 10 at the Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She was 61 years young.
Robin was born in San Pablo, California, the daughter of Martin Germen and Donna Dell. She spent most of her childhood in Oregon and Idaho, where extended family lived. Her parents owned a farm for a time, and she loved riding horses. She also was part of the rowing club in high school and enjoyed school track sports such as the javelin throw.
Robin Klanott had a zest for life and enjoyed learning about different cultures and places from around the world. She proudly graduated from the University of Alaska Southeast in 1996 with an associate of applied science, then continued her education at the University of Oregon, where she received a bachelor’s in anthropology and minor in psychology. She also graduated with several recognized degrees in herbalism and apothecary, which she showed a passion for later in life. 
Robin was known for her time in Sitka learning and retaining the Tlingit culture. She enjoyed beading and basket weaving and interviewing elders, while helping record stories and the language.  She also was a part of an archaeological dig on Castle Hill in 1995, 1997 and 1998. These were her personal accomplishments – experiencing and exploring Sitka history and the people who shaped it all.
“It’s hard to put into words how goofy our mother was,” her children said. “She had an infectious laugh and witty humor and was always cracking jokes in the most inappropriate time. For her, those moments were ‘perfect timing.”’
Over the years in Sitka, Robin worked as a waitress and bartender at the Moose and Elks lodges, the American Legion and restaurants. Her last job was with Allen Marine Tours.
Robin was nurturing and loyal to her friends and family and her children’s friends.
 As a grandmother of nine, Robin would make sure she was there for each and every one, in her own special way, and it showed. They all felt a meaningful connection with her.
A lot of the time, her family would find her working in gardens, painting, making jewelry, collecting herbs and odd shaped rocks, and just enjoying the simple things in life, like going for coffee with friends. She definitely liked that ... oh, and zip lining.
“Our mother will be greatly missed and there will always be a spot missing from our lives,” her children said.
“Robin is now with her husband Robert Klanott (deceased) and both can be at peace.”
Robin is survived by her three children, Mario Klanott of Sitka, Sasha Budreaux of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Tara Klanott-Sollars of Petersburg.
Her grandchildren are Clover Snelling-Klanott, Revan Sollars, Waylon Sollars, Juanita Klanott, Claudia Teas-Klanott, Mario Jr. Klanott, Jaxson Klanott, Tristan Powell and Lily Powell.
Also surviving are her father, Martin Germen, and brothers Reuben Germen and Benjamin Germen, all of Oregon.
A memorial will be held at a later date.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, cards and donations to help the family with Robin’s bills and other costs be sent to: Tara Klanott-Sollars, P.O. Box 1087, Petersburg, AKlaska 99833.

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