DIGGING OUT – Jolene Malzac shovels snow from in front of the Artist Cove Gallery on Cathedral Way this morning. About five inches of snow has fallen in the past 5 hours in Sitka.  More snow is in the forecast through the weekend. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Bobby (Volz) Alexander Dies; Former Resident was Age 89

Roberta (Bobby) Jean Alexander


Roberta (Bobby) Jean Alexander passed on September 9, 2021, in Raymond, Washington, at the age of 89.

She was born on April 14, 1932, in Spokane, Washington, to Wallace and Jo Volz.

The family moved to Sitka, where Bobby attended school for several years, graduating from Sitka High in 1951. She married Raymond Keith Thurman in 1951 and they had two children, Michael and Melodie. They lived in Fairbanks a short time then returned to Sitka until 1960, when they moved to Prairie Grove, Arkansas.

On October 31, 1964, she married Vernon Alexander in Stilwell, Oklahoma. They moved to Raymond, Washington, in 1993. Vernon preceded her in death on April 25, 2006.

Bobby enjoyed quilting and embroidering and other crafts, and had booths at farmers’ markets. She enjoyed life and had fun, a family member said.  

Bobby is survived by two brothers and one sister, Dr. Wallace Volz of Anacortes, Washington, and Frank Volz and Sandra Watson, both of Grayland, Washington; children Melodie Thurman of Raymond, Washington, and Michael Thurman of Aberdeen, Washington; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Bobby’s life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday October 16, 2021,  at the Aberdeen Church of Christ, 5121 Olympic Hwy, Aberdeen. Refreshments will be served afterward.

The family asks that, instead of flowers, donations be made to Bobby’s favorite charity, HAVA   P.O Box 243 Raymond, WA 98577-0026. The email address is https://www.hava-heart.org.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 12-2-21)

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 10:12 a.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 347

Total statewide – 146,247

Total (cumulative) deaths – 853

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,102

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 12 new resident COVID cases in the past 7 days, a rate of 140.80 per 100,000 population. Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

New cases in Sitka – 2

Cases in last 7 days – 12

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,140

Cumulative non-resident cases – 102

Unique positive cumulative test results in Sitka, as of 11/26/21 – 1,266

Deceased (cumulative) – 5

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

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December 2001

Photo caption: Alaska Public Safety officers, city police, fire department members and others salute as an American flag is raised on Castle Hill. The flag had been flown over ground zero on the site of the World Trade Center attacks in New York City, and given to Alaska to be circulated throughout the state. The Coast Guard and American Legion color guards led the parade from Crescent Harbor to Castle Hill.

December 1971 

What is the extent of the drug abuse problem in Sitka? Is it only young people who abuse drugs? People interested in sharing what they don’t know or do know about these questions are invited to meet tonight at the ANB Hall. Those with questions can contact Rosemary Courtright.