Memorial Services Set For William D. Allery

William Donald Allery

Memorial services for William Donald Allery ($2DollarBill) will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the United Pentecostal Church, 101 Cascade Creek Road. A reception will follow.

Billy passed away Jan. 28, 2021, in Sitka at the age of 30.

He was born Oct. 31, 1990, at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, the son of Georgianna Smith and Steven W. Allery Sr.

Billy grew up in Sitka and graduated from Sitka High in 2009. After graduation, Billy went to the Alaska Institute of Technology in Seward, where he earned his Plumbing and Heating Certificate in December 2013. In May 2014, he went on to earn his Refrigeration Technician Certification. Billy also found his love for fishing, which he continued to do until he went to heaven.

When he wasn’t working, Billy loved to go hunting and recreational fishing. He would often go with his cousin Peter and friends. He also loved to spend time with his nieces and nephews whom he loved very much. 

Billy was preceded in death by his grandmother Gertrude Hazel Shayen of Sitka, older brother Steven Wayne Allery Jr. of Sitka, grandfather George B. Johnson Jr. of Angoon, uncle William Lawrence Shayen Jr. of Sitka, grandparents Jerome and Edna Allery of Hawley, Minnesota, and grandparents Raymond and Nina Smith of Oakridge, Oregon. 

Billy is survived by his mother and father Georgianna and Michael Smith of Sitka; his dad Steven W. Allery Sr. of Topeka Kansas; and his step-parents Chris and Beth Polasky of Petoskey, Michigan.

His siblings, Heather Allery of Sitka, Chris Polasky Jr. (Kendra Skultka) of Sitka, Douglas Polasky of Cheboygan, Michigan, and Robert Polasky of Sitka; his sister-in-law Divina Casulucan of Sitka; brother-in-law Joe Nelson of Palmer; his nieces Ferrah Allery, Charline, Alissa, Mia, Klaudia Skultka, and Kalliope Polasky of Sitka, and Ariyanna and Niomi Nelson of Palmer; and his nephews Mason Allery, Kaedan Skultka, and Kalvyn Polasky of Sitka, also survive.

Billy is loved and will be missed by many, his family members wrote. He was kind-hearted and surrounded by family and friends throughout his life.

“Billy, we all know you are now with your Grandma, your brother Steven, and all your loved ones in heaven. We love you, Billy. It’s never goodbye, it’s see you later,” they wrote.

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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 Friday: 2,512

Total statewide – 172,329

Total (cumulative) deaths – 955

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,337

Current Hospitalizations – 103

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 153 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 34

Cases in last 7 days – 153

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,531

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.





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