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 8-17-22)

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 12:15 pm Wednesday, August 17.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,444

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 277,007

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,296

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,843

Case Rate per 100,000 – 198.11

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

COVID in Sitka

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

Case Rate per 100,000 – 211.20

Cases in last 7 days – 18

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,022

Hospitalizations (to date) – 29

Deceased (cumulative) – 7

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






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 Electric department officials are asking Sitkans to conserve electricity over the next few days while the city recovers from a three-hour power outage caused by a mudslide knocking out a span of the main hydropower transmission line near Heart Lake.


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Legionnaires of the American Legion, Sitka Post No. 13, have been appointed to key committees in the state department. They are George H. Inman Jr., Carroll E. Kohler, Raymond C. Perkins and Edward J. Flynn.