EXPECT DELAYS – Lines of traffic move slowly down Sawmill Creek Road today as a repaving project progresses near the Indian River bridge. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Teofilo Alagano Agne Sr.

Teofilo Alagano Agne Sr.


Services have been scheduled for Teofilo Alagano Agne Sr., a Sitka resident since 1977.
    A viewing will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, with a vigil and rosary at 7 p.m. An additional viewing will be 11 a.m. to noon Friday, March 2, at the church, with the memorial service to follow, from noon to 1 p.m. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. at the cemetery, with a potluck reception following (around 2 p.m.) back at the church.
    Teofilo died at his home on Feb. 22, the day after his 72nd birthday.
    He was born Feb. 21, 1946, in San Nicolas, Pangasinan, Philippines, the youngest son among 12 children – six boys and six girls – of Basilia Duley Alagano and Prudencio Agasar Agne.
    He studied electrical engineering at FEATI University in the Philippines, and was with Marcelo Steel Corp. After coming to  Sitka in 1977, he worked as a digester operator at Alaska Pulp Corp. mill; was a contractual janitor for the Sitka School District; and was in housekeeping at the Sitka Pioneers Home.
    He and Nora Florendo Florendo married May 28, 1988, in Seattle, where relatives were living.
    Teafilo enjoying hunting, fishing and boating. He loved Sitka and enjoyed walking around town to see all the events, and when he saw a familiar face, he would give a big smile and ask how they were doing.
    “Thank you, Sitka, for his smiles and providing lasting memories,” his family said. “And thank you to everyone for your love and support as we grieve for him. While our family and Sitka will miss him dearly, we know that he is in a better place.”
    Teofilo was preceded in death by his parents, Basilia Duley Alagano and Prudencio Agasar Agne; sisters Patrocenio Estepa and Ambrosia Smickle; and brothers Emeterio Agne, Luis Agne and Donato Agne.
    He is survived by his wife, Nora Agne, daughters Sheila Agne and Shannon Agne, son Teofilo “TJ” Agne Jr., and his mother-in-law, Perseveranda Florendo, all of Sitka.
    He also is survived by four sisters, Julianna Barroga of Honolulu, Hawaii, Crescencia Manaog of Snohomish, Wash., Irene Jubane and her husband, Vicentito Jubane of Lynnwood, Wash., and Juliet Knavel of Shoreline, Wash.; and two brothers Salvador Agne and his wife, Adelia Agne, of Sitka, and Carlos Agne and his wife, Cecilia Agne, Sitka.
    Cousins in Hawaii, Washington, Virginia, California, Florida and the Philippines also survive.
    Those wishing to make memorial donations may send them to Sheila Agne, 410 Monastery St., Sitka, 738-2295.

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-6-20)

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 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 40

Total statewide – 3,484

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 19 (14 resident; 5 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 15 (11 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 141.

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

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




August 2000

The city’s solid waste incinerator closed Wednesday, two days after the contract with Sheldon Jackson College for its operation ended. ... The city will ship all municipal waste except biosolids off-island to a landfill in Washington. The biosolids will be buried in the Kimsham landfill, Public Works Director Hugh Bevan said.

August 1970

Ernest Robertson, a Sitka resident most of his life, has moved back here with his family after a five-year sojourn in Anchorage. “Anchorage was just too big,” Ernie said. “It wasn’t like Sitka, where every time you go out on the street you meet your friends.”