Alma Grbavac (1922 - 2014)

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Alma Irene Grbavac
Dec 18, 1922 - Aug 15, 2014
AlmaGrbavac, 91, of Ceres, CA went to be with the Lord August 15, 2014. She wasborn December 18, 1922, in Elgin, North Dakota to the late William and SelmaBeoshanz Jr. She and her late husband Cecil Berg built a house in Ceres, CA in1964. She lived there until her death. She obtained her high school diploma andone college credit at Modesto Junior College about 1965.
Alma was employed at a cannery in Modesto for approximately 32 years and thenretired. She and one of her friends were the first women to transfer to thewarehouse. Prior to the transfer only men worked at the warehouse and theydidn't want the women there. In fact there was no woman's restroom at thefacility. She prevailed.
Alma enjoyed going to football games when her grandson, Mike, played at CeresHigh School and Modesto Junior College. She also enjoyed garage sales, thriftstores, playing games on her computer, slot machines, Costco hot dogs &pepsi. She had collections of turtles, spoons, pens, perfume bottles, and nutcrackers. She collected string and tied the ends together until she had a ballabout three feet tall. She grew chyotes every year and was the chyote lady inCeres.
Alma attended Big Valley Grace Community Church from about 2006-2012, when itbecame difficult for her to go places.
Alma was pre-deceased by her first husband Cecil Berg (1966), second husbandJohn Grbavac (1985), and grandson Charley Choate Jr. (1996).
Alma is survived by her loving children Jean L Choate and Keith L Berg, herstepson Frank Grbavac, and her foster son Leonard Berg. She also leaves behindher grandchildren Michael Choate, Robert Berg, Burt Berg, Nichole Massey, BryanBerg, Jake Grbavac, her great-grandchildren Jared Berg, Justin Berg, SearraBerg, Susan Nichols, Loren Berg, Carynn Moll, Bryanna Moll, andgreat-grandchildren Maya and Dante. In addition she is survived by her sisterAnne Falos and her brother Ervin Beoshanz.
A viewing will be held Monday from 4-7 pm at Franklin & Downs FuneralChapel, 1050 McHenry Ave, Modesto, CA. Graveside service will be held Tuesdayat 1:00 pm at Ceres Memorial Park, 1801 E Whitmore Ave, Ceres, CA.


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Published in the Modesto Bee on Aug. 21, 2014
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