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 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 Tuesday: 2,414

Total statewide – 167,008

Total (cumulative) deaths – 953

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,311

Current Hospitalizations – 81

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 130 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 7

Cases in last 7 days – 130

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,467

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.