Alvera Jessie Tomasello Born in San Francisco, July 19, 1921 to Albert and Jessie Breuss. Passed away peacefully on July 17, 2012, two days shy of her 91st birthday. Idolized Wife and best friend of Philip Anthony Tomasello. Phil passed away January 27, 2005. High School sweethearts (Balboa) Phil and Alvera were married for 60 years. Adored Mother of Phil Jr. (Carol), Bob (Theresa), Jim (Marilyn), and Sue (Brendan O'Leary). Loving Grandmother of Danny (Laura), Jeff (Donna), Lisa (Tyler Foreman), Christie (Jeff Kragel), Ryan and Carli O'Leary. Very proud Great Grandmother of Madelyn, Olivia, Bennett, Lucas, Cole, and soon to be great granddaughter Foreman. Alvera dedicated her life to her husband Phil, her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. In her latter years she enjoyed her weekly lunches at MoMo's and Nordstroms, and just generally kept very active, often amazing people when they learned of her actual age. She truly loved life, but always looked forward to reuniting with her lifelong love Phil, dancing the nights away in Heaven. Alvera will forever be remembered and loved by all who knew her, especially her beloved family. The Tomasello Family would like to extend a special thanks to her longtime caregiver Gertie Campbell, and to the excellent staffs at Seton Hospital and Pacifica Rehab. Memorial Services and Internment will be private. In lieu of flowers, we recommend a donation to the Tom O'Neill-Phil Tomasello Scholarship at St. Ignatius College Prep.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 22, 2012