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Obituary: Sarah Ellen Culbertson Gilliland, 81

Sarah Ellen Culbertson Gilliland, 81 of Petersburg, Alaska slipped quietly away from us to be with her Savior, Jesus, on Dec. 2, 2019 in Redmond, Oregon. She was born in Stuttgart, Arkansas on April... Full story


Obituary: Lawrence E. (Lonny) Heiner August 24, 1938 - November 14, 2019

Former Petersburg resident Lawrence E. (Lonny) Heiner was born on 24 August 1938 in Grand Junction, Colorado, to Larry and Lola Heiner, and died on 14 November 2019 at home in Anacortes, Washington. When he was a year old, he and his parents, along... Full story


OBITUARY: Willi Herff, 77

Willi Herff passed away very peacefully on October 24, 2019, at the Petersburg Medical Center. He had diabetes and vascular issues for many years and it all gradually caught up with him. He was born... Full story


Obituary: Frederick "Rick" Magill, 71

On September 27, 2019, Frederick Swanson Magill, 71, known to some by Fred, to most by Rick, or Papa by his two granddaughters, passed away in Seattle, Washington after a courageous and hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on... Full story


Death Notice

Frederick “Rick” Magill died on September 27, 2019. On Fri., Nov. 1 at 2 pm, there will be a graveside service at the Petersburg Memorial Cemetery followed by a celebration of life at the Magill family home at 117 Skylark Way. An obituary will... Full story


OBITUARY: William K. Neumann, 83 June 4,

William K. Neumann aka 'Swampy Creek Bill' passed away peacefully October 5, 2019 of recently discovered bladder cancer at home in Petersburg in his newly acquired and beloved electric reclining... Full story


Death Notice

Doug Larson passed away on October 11, 2019 in Petersburg, Alaska. Services and a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2019 in Petersburg at the High School Gym at 4pm. An obituary will be published at a later d... Full story



John Frank Bringhurst Jr's. earthly journey concluded September 19, 2019, following an 11-month battle with brain cancer. Born Nov. 5, 1943, in Ogden, Utah, John was the second of six children born... Full story


Obituary: James Richard Schramek, 70

James Richard Schramek, 70, died at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage on August 28, 2019 from an unexpected GI bleed. On November 9, 1949 Jim was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Richard and... Full story


Obituary: Anthony Dale Owens, 53

Anthony Dale Owens, 53, died of a heart attack on July 3, 2019. He was born December 19, 1965 to Gene Fredrick Owens and Joyce Nadine Owens (Adams) in Clinton, Kentucky. He and his family moved the... Full story


Jeremy Tucker Schouweiler, 45

Jeremy Tucker Schouweiler, 45, died on June 27, 2019 in Petersburg. He was born June 30, 1973 in Petersburg to Joni Clausen and Dennis Schouweiler. He attended primary school in Petersburg, remote... Full story


Obituary: Judith E. Erickson, 71

Judith (Judy) E Erickson, 71, passed away June 1, 2019 in Juneau, Alaska with her children by her side. The first of five children, Judy was born February 29, 1948 to Delbert (Pete) and Irene... Full story



Jeff M. Erwin, 65 died on May 11, 2019 from polycystic kidney disease and pneumonia: in Salem, Oregon. He was born on August 8, 1953 in Coos Bay, Oregon to Charles and Maxine Erwin. He was a 27 year... Full story


Obituary: Daniel Roy Vick, 67

Daniel Roy Vick, 67, passed away at home on April 16, 2019 at 1:10 a.m. with his family by his side. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer December 29, 2018. He was born on September 1, 1951 to... Full story


Obituary: Gerald L. Brown, 83

Gerald Brown, 83, died May 3, 2019 at the Anchorage Regional Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska.. He was born on March 16, 1936 to Laura L. White and Lewis Brown in Long Beach, California. His Grandma...


Obituary: Bernard M. Engebretson, 71

Former Petersburg resident Bernard (Bernie) Engebretson, 71, passed away April 28, in Brinnon, Washington after a long battle with Parkinson’s. His wife (Caroline) and his daughter (Teri) were by his side. He was born in Shell Lake, Wisconsin on Se... Full story


Thank You

Our little community of Petersburg is so amazing! Dan and I were born and raised here, on this island, as were our parents, as were our children, and most of our grandchildren. We have always known this town was special. In these last 4 ½ months I f... Full story


Terry McEldowney, 66

Terry Ervin McEldowney, 66, passed away on March 31, 2019 at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, Oregon. He was born to Eugene and Georgena (Geegee) McEldowney in Myrtle Point, Oregon on January 28, 1953. He spent much of his youth in Fairview riding... Full story


Obituary: Ruth W. Bridges Callihan, 93

Ruth W. Bridges Callihan, 93, passed away March 23, 2019 in Cannelton, Indiana. She was born in Kimball, Nebraska on April 3, 1925 to John Gettel and Rosa (Winters) Gettel. She had worked most of her... Full story


Obituary: Thomas William Lewis, 97

Thomas William Lewis, 97, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2019, in Petersburg, Alaska. Tom was born October 26, 1921 in Foster, Oregon, the son of Thomas Leroy Lewis and Bessie Olive Clark, and the... Full story


Obituary: Molly Brennan Crenshaw, 77

Molly Brennan Crenshaw, 77, of Juneau, Alaska died on March 1, 2019. She was born on February 11, 1942 in Petersburg, Alaska to Richard and Helen Brennan. She married Ron Crenshaw in July 1964 and had two children: Tyler and Adam. She is survived by... Full story


Obituary: Carol Winona Enge

Carol Enge, an Iowa farm girl who left home in 1946 to teach school in the Alaska territory, married a son of one of Petersburg's pioneering families, and built a life devoted to home and community,... Full story


Obituary: George Stephan Murrison, 84

George Stephan Murrison, 84, passed away at his home in Petersburg on February 10 with his wife Nancy, daughter Lynda and his two dogs Rowdy and Risky by his side. He was born October 12, 1934 in San... Full story


Death Notice

Tom Lewis passed away March 2, 2019 at Petersburg Medical Center. An obituary and Celebration of Life will follow.... Full story


Guest Editorial: More notice needed for proposed changes

In his letter to last week’s paper, John Murgas was entirely justified in being upset over lack of notification by letter of the Borough’s proposed zoning changes. Over the last year, as the development code revision has been underway, news...


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