William Topel died last week in Anchorage after checking into Providence Alaska Medical Center a week earlier with COVID symptoms. The hospital refused to give him Ivermectin despite repeated requests by Topel, his physician and his legal guardian.
Topel’s funeral is set for Friday, Oct. 22, at Anchorage First Assembly of God (15th and C Street). Viewing and last respects start at 11 a.m. followed by services and 2 p.m. graveside burial at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. The public is invited to attend the services, which will also be livestreamed on Facebook for those who cannot attend in person.
Highly engaged in Alaska politics, Topel regularly participated in Anchorage Assembly meetings, state legislative hearings and political rallies.
He opposed mask mandates and supported individual liberties when it came to health care decisions. When he checked into Providence earlier this month, Topel requested Ivermectin treatments, but medical staff refused. Topel eventually fell unconscious and died on Oct. 13.
According to his Linkedin page, Topel earned a BA in Science/Technology from UAA and had been a substitute teacher in Anchorage since 2013. Alaska’s Division of Election lists him as an official elector for the Alaska Constitution Party in 2020.
A GoFundMe page is attempting to raise $10,000 to cover Topel’s funeral expenses. As of Oct. 19, the effort had raised nearly $9,000.
Click here to watch Topel’s funeral via livestream at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 22.