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Bernice I. Alvernaz
A graveside service was held Thursday at Turlock Memorial Park for Bernice I. Alvernaz, 88, of Turlock. She died Jan. 6, 2012.

Turlock Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Born Sept. 6, 1923 in Lakeview, Ore., to George W. Dumm and Gertie C. Mikel Dumm, Bernice left Oregon when she was six months old, moving to Hemet and then Hanford. A few years later they moved to the Ceres-Modesto area before finally landing in Turlock. She attended the Seventh-day Adventist School and the Modesto Union Academy. During the war Mrs. Alvernaz worked at Castle Air Base as a mechanic. In 1944 she married the love of her life, Alfred Alvernaz. She worked at Polly Ann Bakery for 17 years. She left the bakery to farm watermelons and pumpkins with her husband. Bernice enjoyed flower gardening, sewing clothes and traveling to all 50 states in their fifth-wheeler with the All Seasons Trailer Club which they joined in 1977. Bernice belonged to a Friendship Club and the Red Hats Ladies.

She is survived by her two sons, Jim Alvernaz and Tom Alvernaz; and three grandsons, two step-granddaughters, two great-grandchildren, and two step-grandsons. She was preceded in death by husband, Alfred Alvernaz, three brothers, three sisters, her mother and grandmother.

Remembrances may be sent to The American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue Dallas, TX 75231; or to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria VA 22311.

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-Ceres Courier/ January 18, 2012