It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Alvina following a lengthy battle with cancer. She passed away in the comfort of her home, her family by her side, surrounded by their love.
Alvina leaves her Dear husband of 43 years Bernhard (Berni), her son Christian, and daughters Heidi Elless (Malcolm Brown) and Monica Fuchs to cherish her memory. She loved her grandchildren Jacob, Steven, Riley, Chris, and Abby dearly. She is also survived by here sisters, Jackie, Wanda, Lynn, Barb, and brother Trevor and many nieces and nephews.
Alvina was predeceased by her biological parents Doreen and Arnold Anderson, Marge and Jack Nicol, the aunt and uncle who raised Alvina whom she lovingly called mom and dad, Uncles Jim and Howard Rea and her Great Grandma. Alvina will be dearly missed by her family, many friends, co-workers, acquaintances, and clients.
Since being diagnosed late January 2019 while in Mexico, Alvina made it her motto to live each day to the fullest. She achieved everything she set her mind to while enduring cancer treatment with an endless supply of positivity and a ‘can do’ attitude. Her outlook on life was inspiring….. She taught us all so much about living in the moment.
Alvina was an angel, being very tolerant, patient, kind, understanding, compassionate and wise. Alvina’s determination and positive attitude made her life journey a beautiful one of love and hope. She was so loved and respected.
Alvina was born in Edmonton, Alberta and grew up in Brandon, Manitoba on a dairy farm. She helped with the farm chores and loved the cows. She met Bernhard in 1973 while waitressing at Phyl’s restaurant in Edmonton. They were married on April 2, 1977 at Swiss Valley Farm’s Church.
In their loving relationship of 47 years, Alvina and Bernhard shared many adventures and long-lasting memories.
Alvina’s strong work ethic and her willing hands were always appreciated on all of the projects that she and Bernhard started. The many hours of digging out the basement in the city house, renovation projects on their Edmonton home and over the years building their beloved home on their acreage. Along the way they raised their 3 children and enjoyed many family holidays and camping at the acreage. Alvina enjoyed gardening making sure to plant lots of flowers every year.
Despite a full and busy life, Alvina was an active participant with Bernhard in their home-based tax/consulting accounting business and enjoyed long lasting friendships with their many clients. Alvina was also a Ritchie community volunteer and worked at many of their fund raisers as well as being a tireless volunteer for LY Cairns School. She loved to cook and was a whiz at pulling together delicious meals for her family and friends.
Alvina and Bernhard loved to travel always managing to get away every year on their mutually shared October Birthday and also in April on their wedding anniversary. Over the last 15 years Alvina, Bernhard and their son Christian have travelled to Mexico, mostly Puerto Vallarta, many times to the RUI Jalisco Resort. They were on a first name basis with the staff and have maintained contact with many other wonderful guests, such as Kathy and Eckart Schmidt from British Columbia.
Alvina’s wish to remain at home in the final stages of her disease was made possible with the combined efforts of many caring people, family members, friends and professionals. The family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Hamilton for his unwavering support, guidance and many house calls. Support for Alvina’s journey came in the way of phone calls, flowers and cards, time spent visiting, bringing in meals, staying overnight, providing a shoulder to cry on or just listening and making a coffee. Every one’s commitment regardless of how big or small was appreciated by Alvina and her family. We thank each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts. Special thanks to Christian and Hayven, Astrid, Kay, Heidi, May Louise Moskuwich, Chantal Lapierre, and to Baljinger, RN., the staff at the Cross Cancer Institute, Grey Nuns palliative care unit, WeCare Homecare and Health Care Solutions the Canadian Red Cross for all their help and care during the past months. Thank you also to the Edmonton Swiss Club for their condolences. Special mention to Alfred and Nicole from Sylvan Lake and neighbors Eva and Michael Ho for their support.
Funeral services will be held on November 7, 2020 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Edmonton, Alberta.
Due to COVID restrictions attendance is by invitation only.
A celebration of life will be held in the Summer of 2021 at Alvina and Bernhard’s acreage.
Should you so desire donations may be made to the University Hospital Foundation in the memory of Alvina Fuchs (contact Caroline Thompson at 780-407-7686)
Berni and his son Christian would like to hear from those that have not yet contacted him. 780 433 7254