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)

Emily Bezezekoff

Services have been scheduled for Emily Bezezekoff, a Sitka resident since 1953 and a Mt. Edgecumbe High School alum.
A memorial service will be 5 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi, and the funeral will be 2 p.m. July 20 at St. Michael’s  Russian Orthodox Cathedral.
Emily died July 13 in Sitka. She was 76.
Emily (Williams) Bezezekoff was born April 25, 1937, in Juneau. Her Tlingit name was Seil’tin, and she was Kaach.Adi, Land Otter.
She was preceded in death by her biological father George Williams Wooshkeetaan of Kake, her mother  Elsie (Hansen) Wilson and her father was Bill Wilson Sr., a Chookeneidi of Hoonah; her baby daughter Eunice Bezezekoff; her maternal grandparents  Mary and Louie Hansen; her paternal grandparents Mary Wilson Gordon and Jacob Wilson, and later Lincoln Gordon; and her siblings Alan Wilson, Harlena Wilson and Nina Dick.
At Mt. Edgecumbe High School,  she met Michael Bezezekoff, and they were married Sept. 24, 1955, at the Sitka Lutheran Church.
The Bezezekoffs were strong supporters of MEHS, attending sports events and other activities, and the school gave them official recognition in appreciation.

Emily was a homemaker, and also worked as a residential aide at Mt. Edgecumbe High, where the students called her “Mrs. B.”
She enjoyed crocheting and baking for the family, and was active in her church, serving as president of the St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral Sisterhood and singing in the choir.
Emily is survived by her husband, Michael Bezezekoff Sr. of Sitka; sons Michael Bezezekoff Jr. of Anchorage and Steve Bezezekoff and his wife Donna of Kent, Wash.; daughters Darlene See of Hoonah and Cathy Bezezekoff of Kent, Wash.; grandchildren  Norman Bezezekoff of Sitka, Natalya Bezezekoff of Kent, Theresa See of Seattle,  Billy LaMar of Quincy, Calif., Damien LaMar of Kent, and Fairicy del Cid and her husband Fernando del Cid, Tampa, Fla.
Great-grandchildren Ariana Bezezekoff, Lena del Cid, Kylie del Cid, Corbin del Cid and Karver Bezezekoff; brother  Bill Wilson Jr.; sisters  Starina Johnson, Barbara Katasse, Harlena Warford and husband Stephen, Lillian Hillman and husband Ernie, Genevieve Cook, Nicki Shelton and husband John; and numerous nephews and nieces also survive. 
“Gunalcheesh to our Coho family for welcoming our mother into their family as she was away from her home in Hoonah,” her family wrote.
Pallbearers will be John Young III, Charles Young, James Young, James Bennett, George Bennett Jr. and Brian Roberts.

Honorary pallbearers are Ernie Hillman Jr., George Martin, Richard Dalton Jr., Mary Rudolph, Carolyn Martin, Joe Howard, Thomas Jack and John Shelton.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Mike Bezezekoff Sr., PO Box 2544, Sitka, AK  99835

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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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.”