William Novcaski Dies; Longtime Sitkan was 85

Bill Novcaski

Bill Novcaski passed away at home,  surrounded by family, on March 27, 2023. He was 85.

William J. Novcaski was born Oct. 5, 1937, on a rural Wisconsin farm, the son of George and Rose Novcaski.  He graduated from high school in Clintonville, Wisconsin.

Bill served as an avionics technician in the Air Force in Germany following  WWII. After his service he returned to Wisconsin where he met and, on Oct. 31, 1959, married Norma Spoehr.

He worked as an electronics technician while also pursuing a civilian commercial aviation career which eventually brought him to Sitka, in 1974, where he became known as “Polock Bill.”  He later started Sitka Builders Construction, which ultimately led to rental apartments and one of the first bed & breakfast businesses in Sitka.

He loved the Lord and enjoyed managing his businesses and the fruits of his labor, but most importantly, spending quality time with his wonderful wife of 63 years.

He is survived by his wife Norma, of Sitka; sister Norma Slettland of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; son Richard Novcaski of Anchorage; and daughter Cathy McLaughlin of Renton, Washington.

His grandchildren are David, James and Joseph Novcaski, of Anchorage; Colton and Taylor McLaughlin of Renton; Kayleen Novcaski-Moore of Kuna, Idaho.

His great-grandchildren are Jaden and Mckinsy Novcaski, and Ava, Daniel, Jason and Auvianna Moore.

He also is survived by sisters-in-laws Coy Novcaski of Biloxi, Mississippi, Lorraine Bricco of Bear Creek, Wisconsin, and Gail Spoehr of Kuakana, Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Rose Novcaski; sister Myrtle (Keith) Steede; brothers Russell (Alice) and Frank Novcaski; sons Dan and David Novcaski; grandson Shawn Novcaski; father- and mother-in-law Everett and Katherine Spoehr; brothers- and sisters-in-laws Romona and Leland Murray, Bill Spoehr and Loy Bricco.

He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

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At a Glance

(updated 5-30-2023)

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 Tuesday, May 30.

New cases as of Tuesday: 165

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 298,078

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,468

Case Rate per 100,000 – 22.64

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 58.70

Cases in last 7 days – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,424

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






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