Sarajustine Black
(1938 - 2016)

Sarajustine Black

May 3, 1938

April 13, 2016

This site is dedicated in loving memory to Sarajustine Black.

Sarajustine Black, 77, a longtime resident of Ketchikan Alaska, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2016 in hospice care in Sun City, Arizona.

Sarajustine was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey. She spent time with the Dominican Sisters of Hope in Newburgh, New York until venturing north to Alaska in 1967.

Sarajustine’s Alaskan adventures began as an elementary school teacher in Manokotak. She was a student pilot and got to see the lay of the land in that vast area of tundra near Dillingham. The following year Sarajustine taught in Hope, on the Kenai Peninsula in a one-teacher school with 10 students. But the City of Ketchikan was the best match for Sarajustine.

She taught for 15 years in the White Cliff School in Ketchikan, teaching elementary school and intermediate grades. There were new challenges each year and more children to encourage, teach and love. Sarajustine was initiated in 1976 to Epsilon Chapter in Delta Kappa Gamma. She was active in the Ketchikan Education Association, the NEA and the Democratic Party, even attending the Democratic National Convention in NYC.

After retiring from teaching, she held a variety of positions including Guardian Ad Litem for the court, a stint on the Alaska State Ferry system, and a driver for Gray Line Tours in Ketchikan.

Visitors were always welcome at her home at the Harbor Master. She was very active in the community. As a member of the First City Players, she performed the role of Violet LaRosa, The Notorious Madame in the ever-popular Fish Pirate’s Daughter. She hosted a classical radio show on KRBD. She was an active member of Ketchikan Volunteer Hospice, especially with the annual Giving Tree. She was a member of St. John’s Church. She was a Red Hat Lady. She could always be counted on to provide vision and leadership for community groups and projects.

She was an Iditarod Volunteer, traveling to Anchorage and Nome several times. She supported Team Redington, cooking and packing meals and supplies for Ray and his team. And she supported Ketchikan’s own musher Angie Taggart in her race to Nome.
Sarajustine loved Alaska. She dearly loved her cats. And she cherished all of the wonderful people who came into her life.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held in Ketchikan this summer. Please email for further info.

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Kimberly Black
April 20th, 2016
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