Vassa Alexis Robertson, 87, died Aug. 4, 2020, peacefully in her sleep in El Dorado Hills, California.
She was born July 2, 1933, to Aleksii and Tatiana Sivtsov in Unalaska. After the death of her father, she moved to Ketchikan and finished her primary schooling. It was during this time that she found employment with the Race family and developed an interest in pharmaceuticals. In the early 1950s, she left for the Lower 48 to attend college in pursuit of her doctorate in pharmacy. She attended school in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado, among other places. Upon completion of her degree, she began her long career as a pharmacist.
After working in San Diego, she returned to Ketchikan in the late 1950s, where she was reunited with the Race family and began work as one of Alaska’s earliest female pharmacists. It was during this time that she would meet her husband-to-be Gordon Robertson, who was an employee at nearby Tongass Trading Company.
Mrs. Robertson was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon; and six siblings.
She is survived by her sons, Alex (Patricia) of Folsom, California, Kirk of Ketchikan, and Aaron of Everett, Washington; and grandson, Henry of Portland, Oregon.
A memorial vigil was held in Folsom, and will be followed by a funeral Mass at Holy Name Catholic Church in Ketchikan and a burial service near Cannon Beach, Oregon, with dates to be determined.