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May is an extraordinary month in Ketchikan. We transform overnight from a quiet town in April to become host to thousands of visitors each day by mid-May. Local waters see commercial troll fishermen take advantage of spring fishery opportunities while the commercial net fleets begin preparing for their season. Sport anglers are readying their gear for the May 28 start of the Ketchikan CHARR Educational Fund King Salmon Derby.

State agencies and the University of Alaska spent $343 million outside of Alaska for goods and services for government operations in 2015.

Ginny Gisse, 69, died April 5, 2016, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Teresita ‘Tessie’ Manuel Manabat

Teresita “Tessie” Manuel Manabat, 64, died May 24, 2014, in Ketchikan.

She was born Teresita Cruz Manuel on May 22, 1950, in Manila, Philippines. She was married on Dec. 31, 1972.

Mrs. Manabat resided in Mobile, Alabama from 1974 until 1978, when she moved to Kodiak. In 1980, she moved to Ketchikan.

She was employed at Ketchikan General Hospital/PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center from 1982 through 2014.

Mrs. Manabat was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church.

She enjoyed cooking, gardening and fitness, especially Zumba and walking.

“Tessie treated others like family — she loved and was loved by so many,” her family writes.

Mrs. Manabat was preceded in death by her father, Pedro I. Manuel; brother, Benjamin Manuel; father-in-law, Paulino Manabat; and mother-in-law, Eufracina B. Manabat.

She is survived by her husband, Cezar B. Manabat of Ketchikan; mother, Isabel C. Manuel of Ketchikan, daughter, Alma (Dennis) Manabat Parker of Ketchikan; sons, Zar Anthony (Candi) Manabat of Spanaway, Washington, and Ariel M. (Leinani) Manabat of Everett, Washington; grandchildren, Maya Parker, Jameson Parker, Kale’a Manabat, Emalynn Manabat, Kai’lani Manabat and Zaiden Manabat; brothers, Armando (Divina) Manual of Manila, and Luisito (Gloria) Manuel of Ketchikan; sister, Nelia M. (Paulino) Tajaros of Lake Stevens, Washington; and many extended family members through the Manabat and Manuel families.

A vigil and rosary will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Holy Name Catholic Church. The funeral service will be at 12 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at Holy Name Catholic Church, officiated by the Rev. Scott Settimo.

Mrs. Manabat’s remains will be interred at Bayview Cemetery.

Donations can be made to the First City Council on Cancer.