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Saturday, 3 September 2011

In Loving Memory: Wilbert "Bear" Alviso


Wilbert "Bear" Alviso, a longtime recipe contributor to Food Fare, passed away on Friday, 2 September 2011 after a brief illness.


The following is a re-print of his obituary, which ran in the Standard Examiner newspaper:

Wilbert Alviso (1956-2011).Wilbert Albert Alviso, 54, passed away in Layton on Friday, September 2nd after a brief illness.


The youngest child of John and Elva Alviso, Wilbert was born in East Chicago, Indiana and raised in Gary. He also lived in Orange Cove, California, where he graduated from Reedley High School. He also attended Fresno Technical College and later received an Associates Degree from Kings River Community College in Reedley.


Known as "Bear" by his friends and co-workers, Wilbert was a CNA (certified nursing assistant) for more than twenty-five years. His gentle manner touched both patients and staff at Okanogan Douglas District Hospital and Columbia Medical Clinic in Brewster, Washington; at Whitman Health & Rehabilitation Center in Colfax, Washington; and at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane.


Wilbert was preceded in death by his father, John Alviso. He is survived by his wife Deborah O'Toole; his mother Elva Alviso (Orange Cove, CA); brother George Alviso (Layton), sister Dolores Pasillas (Richard), sister Rita Duran (Alfredo) of Orange Cove; nieces and nephews Freddie, Steven, Elizabeth, Marisa, Monica and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

Wilbert was a kind, considerate and gentle man. He was unforgettable not just to his family and Food Fare, but to many others who knew him over the years as well.


He will be greatly missed.


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