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Alvin Americo Bresciani
June 1936 ~ Oct 2016
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Alvin Bresciani passed from the arms of his family into the arms of our Savior on October 20, 2016 before the sun rose in Turlock, CA.

Alvin Americo was born June 10, 1936 in Tomales, CA to Italian immigrant parents Angelo and Emma Bresciani, and to brothers, John and Louie, and sister, Delores.

“Al” or “Big Al”, as he was known to many, lived a big life in a big way.

Alvin spent his childhood and early adult years in the Marin-Sonoma countryside with an adventurous spirit and strong work ethic working on farms and dairies.

He married Beverly Togneri January 27, 1956, and together they had two children, Alvin Americo Bresciani Jr. and Cindy Rae Waterson (Bresciani).

Alvin began his career as a hay dealer in 1957 and sometime later founded and operated Bresciani Hay Market in the Marin-Sonoma area. He moved his hay business and dairy to California’s Central Valley in 1974.

He spent many years of his life enjoying an entrepreneurial spirit between his hay business and other pursuits. Alvin opened the first hay cube mill in the state of California. He explored ventures in oil, commodity deliveries, real estate investment, farming and most recently breeding and racing horses.

Alvin was respected not just for his hard work but also for the man he was, not taking no for an answer and never giving up. A passionate and genuine man, his colleagues remember the times he would spend listening to others and offering wisdom based on his own history of successes and failures.

In his later years, Alvin grew more passionate about his faith in Christ and his commitment to family. He enjoyed being a “Nono” spending time worrying about and caring for his cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He spent his time delighting in their achievements, reminding his grandchildren to offer their worries and successes to Christ. “Hallelujah, Praise God” were very common words spoken during the last 10 years of his life as he acknowledged all the blessings around him.

Alvin is survived by his brother, Louie (Harriett) Bresciani, his sister Delores Kolden, his sister-in-law, Loraine Bresciani-Albini, and his children, Alvin Bresciani Jr. and Cindy (Tom) Waterson.

He is survived by fifteen grandchildren: Alvin (Katie) Bresciani, Shirley Luna, Thomas (Quinn) Waterson, Trenton Waterson, Tiffany (Chris) Middleton, Ashley (Lewis) Bergstrom, Tiffany (Aaron) King, Samantha Lamond, Haley Bresciani, and Michael Bresciani.

He is also survived by ten great-grandchildren: Jaden, Antonio, Daniel, Carter, Chase, Ryan, Reese, Raegan, Christopher and Claire.

Because he cared passionately for the homeless, in lieu of flowers the family requests donations in memory of Alvin be sent to:

Church in the Park - Modesto

(in memory of Alvin Bresciani)

236 S. Santa Cruz Ave. Ste. A

Modesto, CA 95354

A private burial will be held at the Turlock Memorial Park later this week.

Friends and family are welcome to gather at a Memorial Service celebrating Alvin (Big Al’s) life on Saturday, October 29th at 11:00 am at On Broadway with Two Guys, 153 S. Broadway in Turlock.

Condolences to the family can be sent in care of Tom & Cindy Waterson at 4631 S. Washington Rd. Turlock, CA 95380.  Please share memories at