Frank E. Joseph Dies; Lifelong Sitkan was 71

Frank (Shkansh) Embert Joseph


Frank (Shkansh) Embert Joseph, Kaagwaantaan Clan (Eagle Nest House), passed away peacefully on June 8, 2021, at his home. He was 71.

Sitka was blessed with the birth of Frank on Nov. 6, 1949, to the loving family of parents John Joseph Sr. and Martha (Benson) Joseph, to join his sister Georgina, and brothers John Jr. and Claude.

Frank was a true homegrown, and never had interest in seeking out adventures outside of the place he loved and cherished most.  There are stories that when his wife Sharon was toying around with transferring employment to other Alaskan communities, Frank’s only response was “I will write you every week.”

Frank worked more than 30 years with the school districts, mainly Sitka High School with a few years at Mt. Edgecumbe High School. He loved his designated after-school-hours work shifts, cranking up his radio to work in rhythm to the music that could be heard throughout the halls late at night. He had much respect for school staff and students alike, and cherished the time spent and friendships with all.

Frank enjoyed fishing, hunting, providing for his family and treating his wife like a queen.  He grabbed life by the horns and made every moment count, including his last days with family and friends.  

Frank is survived by his wife Sharon Joseph and daughters Stacie (Ernie) Karras, Juneau; Kaari Joseph, Sitka; Skye (Prescott) Kelly, Palmer; and Zeylinn Joseph, Sitka; grandchildren Mason Shearer (Katie and great granddaughter Adeleigh), MacKenzie and Josie Reeves, Fiery and Robert Karras, Braxton Kelly, and Kormack Joseph-Moreno.

Survivors also include his sister Georgina (Harvey) Kitka, Sitka; brother Claude (Lynne) Joseph, Kauai, Hiwaii; aunt Lorraine (Hank) Chartrand, Sitka; nieces and nephews H. Terrence Kitka, Paula Lindstrom (Dale), and Sherry Diehl (Geoff, Gemma and Meadow), all of Sitka; Thomas Kitka (Samantha), Crystal Stoner (Dennis), all of Juneau; and Sarah Joseph (Alyssa Silva) of Hawaii; and many other relatives.

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At a Glance

(updated 8-17-22)

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 12:15 pm Wednesday, August 17.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,444

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 277,007

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,296

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,843

Case Rate per 100,000 – 198.11

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "High.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Case Rate per 100,000 – 211.20

Cases in last 7 days – 18

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,022

Hospitalizations (to date) – 29

Deceased (cumulative) – 7

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






August 2002

 Sitka Trail Works Cross Mountain hike will be held Aug. 17. Hikers should meet at the Herring Cove gate for the six- to eight-hour bushwhack adventure hike that ascends 3,500 feet and is rated difficult. Contact Charles or Chris Horan for further information.


August 1972

From Sitka Seine: Delightful is the only word for the floating sensation you get driving around the Maksoutoff Street side of St. Michael’s Cathedral now that the bottomless pits have been filled and paved over.