Betty L. Weisenburger Passes Away at Age 89

Betty Lorraine Weisenburger


Loving mother and grandmother Betty Lorraine Weisenburger died April 6, shortly after moving into the Sitka Pioneers Home. She was 89.

She was born in Ione, Washington, October 19, 1931, the daughter of Ted and Tansy Barton. In 1948, she met and married Harold Weisenburger, in Everett, Washington. In 1960, they, together with their three daughters, moved to Sitka, where Harold went to work for Alaska Lumber and Pulp. Betty worked full-time at several of the local grocery stores, including the ALP commissary and Sitka Cold Storage.

She was a gifted artist and seamstress, and loved to make wedding and birthday cakes. In her early years she was an avid bowler and enjoyed traveling to Alaska bowling tournaments.

She was always ready to help and contributed many hours volunteering for various functions at the Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge, and was active in the Emblem Club and Women of the Moose, holding several offices.

Even though she wasn’t born in Alaska, her heart and soul were deeply entwined here. Numerous offers came to move south from family, but she was adamant about not leaving her island.

“You could take Betty out of Sitka but it always called to her to come home,” her family said. 

Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years. She’s survived by three daughters: Laura Larson of Chelan, Washington; Judy Pugh, Riverside, California; and Nancy McGraw, Sitka. She also is survived by seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A private family memorial will be held in Sitka, this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sitka Emblem Club, P.O. Box 142, Sitka.

Her family expressed “special thanks to the wonderful staff at the Sitka Pioneer Home for their compassion and kindness.”

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At a Glance

(updated 1-12-22)

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 am Wednesday.

New cases as of Friday: 2,512

Total statewide – 172,329

Total (cumulative) deaths – 955

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,337

Current Hospitalizations – 103

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 153 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 34

Cases in last 7 days – 153

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,531

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.





January 2002

Classified ads, Rentals: 3-bdrm. house on the beach. $900; 3-bdrm duplex, washer/dryer $945; Great downtown house, 2 bdrms., 2 baths, furnished,
W/D, hardwood floors $850; 2-bdrm. roomy apartment $945..


January 1972

The City and Borough Assembly Tuesday approved an ordinance establishing a transportation committee to advise the assembly and promote transportation services for the municipality. Members are Cecil McClain, Ray Mabey, Clarence Kramer,
Dick Cushing and Burt Hansen.