Connie Thaler Dies in Minn.; Former Resident was Age 66

Connie Rae (Christoffel) Thaler


Former Sitkan Connie Thaler, of Gilman, Minnesota, achieved her final reward July 19, 2021. She was 66.

Connie Rae Christoffel was born in Sitka on August 2, 1954, the daughter of Clement and Frances Christoffel.

After graduating from Sitka High School in 1972 Connie moved to Spokane, Washington, where she attended Spokane Business College.

On August 25, 1990, Connie and Robert Thaler were united in marriage at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Slayton, Minnesota.

Connie’s true passion in life was her family, and she enjoyed her self-proclaimed occupation as a Domestic Zoo Keeper.

Connie is survived by her husband Robert; sons Avery and Austin of the Gilman area; and siblings Clay (Jeanette) Christoffel of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Mary (Jerry)  Helem of Sitka, and Ron Christoffel of Moore, Oklahoma.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents and brother Richard.

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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.