Former Sitkan Betty Hoffman Dies at Age 94


Betty Hoffman

Betty Hoffman, a former Sitka resident, passed away on April 11 in Vancouver Washington. She was 94.

She was born April 19, 1926, in Kelso, Washington, the daughter of Bertel and Glades Johnson.

She was married to Doyle Hoffman on January 6, 1944, in Kelso, Washington. They had two sons, Richard (Rick) and Larry, both born in Longview Washington.

In 1954 the family moved to Ketchikan, where they lived until the boys graduated from high school. They then moved to Sitka, in 1966. They traveled throughout Southeast Alaska on their live-aboard yacht, the Grumpy, while  Doyle worked as a pipefitter.

In 2012 they moved back south to live with their son Larry and his wife, Judy, in Vancouver. In 2013 they moved to the Van Mall Retirement Center, where her husband Doyle died  October 11, 2014.  She remained there until her passing.


Betty was preceded in death by her husband Doyle and son Larry. She is survived by her son Richard (Rick) and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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At a Glance

(updated 5-25-22)

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 pm Wednesday, May 25.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,911

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 251,425

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,776

Current Hospitalizations – 46

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "medium.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Cases in last 7 days – 25

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,658

Hospitalizations (to date) – 32

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.





May 2002


From Sitka’s Past by Robert DeArmond: May 14, 1878 – The steamer California brought a cannery crew to Sitka for one of the first two salmon canneries in Alaska. The cannery, located at Starrigavan, operated for only two seasons and was abandoned.

May 1972

 The work of four Sitka artists will be represented in the Ketchikan Arts and Crafts Guild Traveling Show. The artists are Alice Bergdoll, Linda Larsen, Marilyn Nevers and Clint Miller.