Marilyn Oen Dies at 83; Lived in Sitka 45 Years

Marilyn Mildred Strobel Oen

Marilyn Mildred Strobel Oen, a former Sitka resident, passed away in the company of her children on May 20, 2021, in Anacortes, Washington. She was 83.

Marilyn was above everything the family grande dame. She created traditions within her family and kept her five children and their children, and their children’s children close to her heart.

Grandma Marilyn was a true homemaker – she willingly shared her skills with her kids and their families. Throughout her life Marilyn enjoyed reading, bridge, church, traveling, sewing, her dog and gardening.

During the pandemic she missed her activities – Celebration Lutheran church, book club, garden club, bridge groups, quilting group and attending the local theatre. She did have her dog Molly, who is great company.

Marilyn was born September 3, 1937, in Pierre, North Dakota. She spent her childhood in North Dakota, attended college, married, and had five children.

In 1965 she moved to Sitka, where she taught school and raised her large family. In 2000 she retired and moved to Anacortes.

Grandma is survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

They are David and Connie Oen and their family, Amyee and Ole Oen, Darcie, Levi, Calleigh and Kaisen Egerton; Heather and Stan Saviage and their family, Jason Saviage, Aaron, Nikki, Avila and Ivan Saviage; Eric and Kipper Oen and their family, Chris and Kaley, Julie, Khaleesi and Sven Oen, and Sarah and Hank and Adeline and Olivia Leclerc; Glen and Sonia Oen, and family Jonathen Oen and Travis Oen; and Dawn and Jay Gillman and their family, Gunnar Gillman and Stella Gillman.

Marilyn’s children are hosting a celebration at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at daughter Dawn Gillman’s home at 6755 Hiline Lane, Anacortes. There will be a prayer and time for remembrance at 2 p.m.

“Please come to share Marilyn’s hospitality,” her family said.

Cards may be sent to P.O. Box 651, Anacortes, WA 98221.

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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.