Celebration of the Life Of Matt Konoske Held Today

Matthew John Konoske


Matthew John Konoske left this world August 21, 2021, following a lengthy illness. 

A celebration of his life was scheduled at 130 Patterson Way today, his 57th birthday, with a bonfire and potluck starting at 4 p.m. to give him a proper send-off, with many stories to be told.

Matt was born September 7, 1964, in Enumclaw, Washington, to Bill and Jeannette (Johnnie) Konoske. The family moved to Sitka when Matt was a month old.

Matt was very athletic, participating in baseball, basketball, wrestling, track and field, and was a member of the Baranof Barracudas swim club.

He graduated from Sitka High in 1982.

He met Lori Freeman, the love of his life, when she worked at the National Bank of Alaska, now Wells Fargo. They were married October 28, 1995, in Mt. Carroll, Illinois.

During his career, Matt was a powder man, construction worker, trapper, and commercial fisherman.

He was known for his smile, his sense of humor and the frequent pranks he pulled. He enjoyed all types of music, traveling, cooking, camping, fishing and hunting, and he loved kids and dogs. Although he and Lori had no children of their own he will be remembered by many as Uncle Matt.

Matt was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jack and Sally McLeod; parents Bill and Johnnie Konoske; sister Tammee Hansen; his wife Lori Konoske; his dogs Turk, Gunner and Coogan; and many dear friends.

He is survived by his brother Bill (Susee) Konoske of Carson, Washington;  his sister Jullee (Larry) Wright of Sitka; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; his fishing buddies; and many dear friends who miss him, including Bev Brill.

His stories and pranks will live on.

Family and friends expressed sincere thanks to Dr. Robert Hunter and his staff; Home Health Care; SAIL; SEARHC; and the Sitka Fire Department for the amazing care they provided him throughout his journey.

Matt’s ashes will be spread later at his favorite shrimping hole in Hoonah Sound, per his wishes.

Matt, until we meet again.

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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.