Dr. Joe D. Riederer Dies; Former Juneauite was 89

Dr. Joe Dwight Riederer


Dr. Joe Dwight Riederer died quietly June 6, 2021, with family by his side, at the Sitka Pioneers Home. He was 89.  

Joe was born Dec. 18, 1931, in Ketchikan, and met his lifetime sweetheart Jean Wickward when they were 15.   They were married five years later and celebrated their 70th  anniversary this year. They raised eight children in their home  full of happiness, discipline and love.

Joe served in the U.S. Army before attending Loma Linda University School of Medicine, in Loma Linda, California, and moved to Juneau in 1961. He practiced medicine there for more than 45 years. He was a commercial fisherman before and after his medical career.

He had resided at the Pioneers Home since January 2016.

His wishes were for a simple family graveside service, which was held in Juneau.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Riederer, of Sitka; sister Joelle Elliston; and children Sheri Wagner, Carolyn Riederer Annerud, Drue Wagner, Craig Wagner, Mark Riederer, Sandy Wagner Young, Dwight Riederer, and Gail Riederer; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.   

He is loved and missed. 

The family thanked his many friends and the Sitka Pioneers Home staff for their loving care.

Friends are welcome to share their memories of Joe at Celebrating Joe Riederer’s Life - a Facebook page open to the public.

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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.