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Vanessa Jo Alvarez On the morning of September 1, 2006 we all lost the most precious, kind-hearted, and loving woman - my beautiful wife Vanessa Jo Alvarez. For her 35 years of life on this earth she blessed us with her love and compassion for everyone, especially her family, friends, and life. She was always concerned with the well-being of others. Vanessa was a self-made woman in the business world as the founder and owner of True Blue Tattoo. She leaves behind her mother, Virginia Alvarez, her father, Joe Alvarez, a sister, Linda, and a brother, Joe , Jr. and Lynn. Also niece Caitlin and nephew Nicholas and the Alberty, Paschal, Romano, and Parker families, and her family and friends at True Blue Tattoo, and her broken-hearted husband, Charles Alberty. Visitation and a celebration of Vanessa's life will be Thursday September 7, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at the Austin-Peel and Son Funeral Home, 607 East Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 78752 (512) 419-7224.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Sep. 5, 2006.
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March 19, 2007
What a painful loss. Ojos lindos como estrellas...and kneecaps too. Vanessa, the most beautiful angel of Austin. To think I considered removing my belly button (oh, excuse me) navel ring you gave me back in the day. Thanks for finding Spiny Bifida a good home. Thanks for sharing your AfroKen stickers, weiner dog duck chases, and adventurous nature. Most of all, thanks for your genuine love. You will be sorely missed...A shoulder to weep on and a soul to embrace for Charles and the family. My greatest sympathies. Stay strong and rock on for her.
Stephanie Reid
January 14, 2007
I met Vanessa when she first started in the business. I was in and out of Austin for many years and we linked up again when I was touring with Beck as a carpenter. She was a huge fan. I got gave her a lot of the posters of shows from around the world. It was fun to see her, she was always so sweet. I was surprised on a recent trip to Austin when I was told of her passing. I have some really good memories of her and I will always keep them in my heart. I also wanted to let her family hear from another person who thought highly of her. She is and always will be alive in my memories.
kevin martin
December 4, 2006
I am truly sorry to hear of Vanessas' passing--she was a true free spirit and strong willed lady and will be missed by many--take care charles--william earls/glendale,arizona
william earls
October 2, 2006
Every beautiful word about Vanessa is absolutely true. She was always generous and pure in character. Anyone would be lucky to meet 10 such standout souls during their lifetime. She was always kind to me and our friendship never faded from when I first met her in '91 at Zoom/the bakery/LoveCat. I always admired how she would speak of the (then) mysterious Charles, and so, I still have faith in True Love.
I'm sorry I wasn't as close a friend as I could have been after 2000, when I got wrapped up in life's Great distractions, real or imagined. I'm sorry for having wasted precious time.
But, I will place faith and belief in the age-old idea that the physical world is not the end-all/be-all and there is more, much more out there, keeping a loving eye on us.
I pledge to always remember Vanessa and follow her example to keep an open heart and give everyone an honest chance.
"When will we be aware of the brilliant influences of our lives?"
Jimmy Clayton
October 2, 2006
I think of Vanessa and Charles everyday. We will all miss her so much. It's hard to believe someone so special is not here with us anymore.
Lori Romano
September 25, 2006
I went to the shop for the first time since we lost you, and it finally sunk in. I'll miss you terribly V. Charles, my heart goes out to you. Never hesitate to call on me if you need anything at all.

Lorena Goemz
September 14, 2006
My deepest sympathy goes out to Charles & the rest of Vanessa's family & friends. V was a a loving & dedicated partner to Charles, a talented professional who served her clients well, and a caring friend. My prayers go with her.
Dianne Scott
September 12, 2006
My Girl
September 11, 2006
Charles, your family is here for you!! We love you!!
September 11, 2006
V, I will love you and miss you always. Thank you for all the joy that you brought to me and everyone else who had the privelege to know you. My heart hurts for Charles and your family.
And remember, God gave rock and roll to you! Chingow!
Rebecca Hendriks
September 9, 2006
I am extremely saddened to hear of your loss. I did not know Vanessa well but I will never forget her sweetness and compassion to me when I lost my son three years ago. I know Handsome Joel was waiting for her with a big hug when she reached Heaven. My sincere condolences to all her friends and family. I do know that she was a special person and we are all blessed to have known her.
Katherine Ward
September 9, 2006
I will always remember the way Vanessa was ethically and professionally uncompromising, despite not always recieving the same in return. She had the vision and guts to truly create some special things in this world, and I will never forget the honor of having known her.
John Kienast
September 9, 2006
Charles - we are holding you in our thoughts, and though we cannot begin to comprehend the depth of your loss, we share your grief. Peace, Tom
Tom Spencer
September 8, 2006
My "V"
tu sei una amica mera'vigliosa mi mancherai tanto.
with how much my heart is broken, I can't even imagine how you will mend yours. I love you for everything, especially for her.
Sarah Peltonen
September 8, 2006
Vanessa will forever be remembered as a most unique and outgoing woman. I recall when we met in highschool, she arrived at a party on the back of a motorcycle with the coolest pet rat clinging to her neck. She'll be greatly missed by many. Love and Regrets!
David Derrick
September 8, 2006
Beautiful, vibrant, vivacious, generous, daring and kind.....she gave much in a short time and changed many.

Much love to Charles and her family and friends
September 8, 2006
Vanessa I will always remember you with smiles and laughs as that is what you brought to me every time we spoke...You often referred to me as your best phone friend as that's where most of our interaction occurred - words cannot express how deeply I will miss you. You and Charles will always be in my thoughts and prayers
Kara Watson
September 7, 2006
May there be peace and bliss for you on the other side. Love and respect forever.
bob sherman
September 7, 2006
I'm glad to of known Vanessa as long and as well as i did she was a close friend for many years and i thought of her more like a sister,family.
I miss you.
September 7, 2006
Among many with whom I am friendly...I call Vanessa and Charles my Friends.V's love of things odd makes me feel happy...The world is a better place for her having been in it.
Roger Pigman
September 7, 2006
My boss, co-worker and of course my wonderful friend. You left me with nothing but wonderful memories and I thank you for that and for the privilege of knowing you. I'll always miss you.
Jose Palacios
September 7, 2006
Although I have not seen you in a very long time, I will always remember you being so friendly towards me, the stranger to Austin, when I came to visit an old friend, Amanda. You will be missed. Rest in peace young lady.
Jo Dominguez
September 7, 2006
Charles, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Vanessa. My sincerest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ursula Urdiales
September 7, 2006
My sweet Vanessa! We have so many fun memories growing up. You were my first friend and best friend in High School. I remember everyday after math class, you would meet up with me and Charles. You guys would hit, pull hair, yell at eachother..little did I know, you you were flirting! duh! I'm going to miss you soooooo much! I will never forget the day Jim gave me my ladybug tattoo. You were holding my one hand and Sims was holding my other hand. You are the most loving, caring, thoughtful and sweetest person I have ever known. I wish I could be there tonight. Charles, I am so sorry. I love you both........FOREVER!
Julie Ogle (Bagg)
September 7, 2006
Vanessa, my fellow entrepreneur... she the one who loved three-legged cats and provided spiritual refuge for so many of Austin's misfits... she who I crushed for so hard, but let me down so gently and remained a confidant and comrade...

Fly straight into Heaven, my dear. You will always be with us in our hearts.
Chip Tait
September 7, 2006
I only saw Vanessa a couple of times throughout the time that my friend worked there and whenever I went to just visit and the few times we got to hang outside of True Blue but she was always super kind. My heart goes out to her husband and family. Just remember she will always be around in spirit with you and those who were her friends and in the shop of course. V you are missed and thought of today and for many more days to come. Thank you for being the person you were to humans and animals. Much love. In my thoughts and prayers.
Angelica Casillas
September 7, 2006
vanessa had such a beautiful heart, she was loved by so many people and animals, and she loved them back dearly. im so glad i got to know vanessa and become friends with her. vanessa you will truly be missed. love you v!
stephanie fletcher
September 7, 2006
Sweet Vanessa~you will be missed by so many. I am so glad that each day when I see the tiny little diamond in my nose-I will remember you and the laughs we shared that day I came in to True Blue! I knew the first time I met you back in 1986 that you were a very unique and special person. You will live on in all of our hearts. Love and Light to you!~
Chelle Cousin
September 7, 2006
Oh dear Vanessa, you will always be remembered.
Much Love,
Andrea Beeson Beadles
Andrea Beadles
September 7, 2006
She wanted a Pink axe for her birthday!
September 7, 2006
A little apartment on 6th street many years ago - a three legged cat, various reptiles, great company and an infectious smile... Thank you for those wonderful times beautiful lady. I know Simms is out there somewhere with you to keep you company... All my love to her family
Juliana Gilchrist
September 7, 2006
Vanessa has always been a great friend to Josh, Sarah and Sai, and to me on my visits. Warm hearted, kind and generous, her passing leaves a great void. My family extends our hearfelt condolence to you at your tragic loss
Thomas Holley
September 7, 2006
V was beautiful she was kind she was talented she was funny she was smart she was compasionate she was wild she was gentle she was fun she was alot of things to alot of people but for me the most importand is she is my FREIND my sister from differnt gene pools. She has a profound effect on me daily. so many memories that we all share.
charles if you need anythng all you have to do is ask.
God called home another Angel
Omar Edmison
September 7, 2006
Miss. V, you are the most beautiful person I know. I am going to miss you so much but I am glad thatI could call you my friend.
Amanda Ferguson
September 7, 2006
vanessa gave me one of the greatest feelings i've ever had in my life by crying when i dragged her out of emo's to show her the neon i did for true blue when it opened. i will never forget her or that moment. i am deeply saddened by her passing.
goede tijde, slechte tijde.
scotty closter
September 7, 2006
Vanessa was an amazing woman. She was truely one of the sweetest and most caring people I ever had the pleasure of working with. Her love of everyone and especially the love she had for all animals including her own was an inspiration to me and my coworkers. She holds a special place in all of our hearts at Windsor Park Veterinary Clinic and we will miss seeing her bright smile walking through our doors. Charles, we send our deepest condolences.
Pete Ford
September 6, 2006
Although I have not spoken to you and Vanessa in many years, Vanessa was a part of my childhood and my soul. Vanessa and I shared many years of friendship and although we parted direction in later years I frequently thought of Vanessa's compassion, kindness and love for animals as inspiration for my life. May God Bless Vanessa and you Charles in your time of sorrow.
Shannon Savage
September 6, 2006
Charles - we are shocked and saddened to hear of Vanessa's passing. We are Rebecca's parents and have talked with you both over the last few years and appreciate that you have been R and D's close friends. Please accept our condolences
Don and Edie Cheney
September 6, 2006
I was shocked and saddened to hear of V's passing. We had such a good time building the shop and working together at River Ciry. Charles, I am so sorry and my heart is with you.
Mary-Clancey Pace
September 6, 2006
My dear sweet Vanessa. I will never forget how you smiled when telling people how you had to smack me when I was out of control and how hard Kristy Popp laughed. You truely made my life so much better and were a wonderful maid of honor at my wedding. I will cherish and love you forever. Thank you for being the woman you set out to be and helping so many of us be better ourselves. I will miss you deeply.
Jen Taylor
September 6, 2006
Vanessa seemed so very unique & gentle, two qualities i hope i possess & know i admire. my sincere condolences to all of her friends & family.
Dani B.
September 6, 2006
I am sorry to hear about the loss of Vanessa. From piercing in a small, back room in Zoom to owning her own studio with True Blue, she is a true inspiration that one can achieve anything. I will miss her smiling face.
Nathan James
September 6, 2006
Vanessa was every bit as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. I admired her greatly, and I am shocked and saddened with this loss. People and animals (especially the three legged variety...) will never know anyone as lovely and caring as Vanessa. Charles, my thoughts are with you.
Shannon Butler
September 6, 2006
I will not forget you Vanessa. You were one of the first people I talked to when I started searching for a job here in Austin. You were kind, compassionate, and very enthusiastic. I thank you for your help, even though it was brief, it helped change me. I thank you, Vanessa.

Much Love
Much Respect
September 5, 2006
Charles, please know that I am thinking of you. I am heartbroken for your loss. Even though I only saw you and Vanessa about once or twice a year, Vanessa never failed to remember exactly where we left off. She is completely loved by me, and I'll never ever forget her kindness. I love you, and if you need anything, I'm here for you.
Marta McDougle
September 5, 2006
Love, tolerance, compassion.... there are too many words to describe her. This world will miss her for sure. A shocking loss that will be hard to reconcile, but through friends, love and tears maybe it will. We miss you so much, and our love and thoughts go out to Charles, my true lifelong friend- I am so sorry
David Green
September 5, 2006
September 5, 2006
This world wont be quite the same without Vanessa. Her infectous laugh, beauty and charm will be missed by many. I miss you V.
Josh Holley
September 5, 2006
what a profound sadness
please all who read, wrap your arms tight around chuck
September 5, 2006
I am heartbroken. Vanessa was a beautiful soul and will be missed by so many. Charles, if there is anything I can do please do not hesitate to ask. I am thinking of you during this very difficult time.

Love and Regard from an old friend,
Maggie Whitley
Maggie Whitley
September 5, 2006
Her kind heart touched so many and I am lucky to have been one. I am deeply saddened by her passing, but honored to have known her at all.
Carolyn Wiley
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