Dolores Alvernaz, 90, was born on June 20, 1928 in Oakland, CA. She passed away Friday, January 25th in Turlock, CA. In 1941, she moved to Ceres with her parents, Jose and Della Barbeiro and her older brother, David. She attended Central Grammar School and graduated from Turlock High School in 1946. Two weeks after graduation, she met the love of her life at the Turlock Fiesta Dance. Edward and Dolores married on February 16, 1947 in Turlock. They had four children: Cathalene, Gerald, Theresa and Michael.
Dolores and Edward owned a dairy, where they grew crops on their 80-acre farm on Bradbury Road in Turlock. In the late 1950’s, they sold their farm and later relocated to Modesto. They purchased the Campus Inn restaurant in Modesto near Modesto Junior College, which they operated until the early 1970’s. They moved to Riverbank and then to Oakdale, where Dolores worked for Hershey. After 16 years of employment, she retired in 1990. They returned to Turlock in the early 1990’s, shortly before her husband’s death.
Dolores was a life-time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, was a past president of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, and belonged to the Red Hat Society.
Dolores was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Alvernaz; son, Gerald Alvernaz; parents, Jose and Della Barbeiro; brother, David Barbeiro; sister, Minnie Wilder; and companion, Howard Boyer. She is survived by her children, Cathalene Wengel from Modesto; Theresa (Joe) DiCarlo from El Dorado, CA; and Michael (Rosie) Alvernaz from Missoula, MT. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Jerry and Jeff Wengel, Tamatha Clark and April Alvernaz; 12 great-grandchildren, Athena Hall, Nadira Kelley, Zachariah, Alexandria and Andrew Woodward, Kody, Kyle and Kory Wengel, Macie Britt-Wengel, Dorje, Aria and Ayla McPherron; and 4 great-great-grandchildren, Eric and Sora DeCoteau, Kinzleigh Wengel and Kyle Wengel II.
Her love for family and friends, and her sense of humor, will greatly be missed.
A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2019. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Both services will be held at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd., Turlock, with the burial to follow on Tuesday at Turlock Memorial Park.