Alvina Marie Loveland, 76, Minot, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in a rural Minot adult foster care home.
Alvina was born July 5, 1936, in Minot, to Joseph and Emilia (Thomas) Bertsch. She was reared and educated in Minot and graduated from St. Leo's High School in 1954. During and after her high school years, she was a musician in her father's band, the Bertsch Band, and she played the piano, organ and accordion.
Alvina married Donald Loveland on Oct. 28, 1961, in Minot, and following their marriage they made their home in Minot. Alvina was a full-time wife, mother and homemaker. She pursued her love of music by providing piano entertainment at the Riverside Convention Center, Knights of Columbus Clubroom and various other local establishments. She also played piano for private parties and numerous conventions. Most recently, she played piano at Primo Restaurant in the Grand International Inn for 23 years. Donald died Dec. 1, 2007. Alvina had resided at the Sue Byre Adult Foster Care Home for the past three and a half years where she was blessed to have received the best possible care.
Alvina was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church, the Elks Lodge and Knights of Columbus, all in Minot. She especially enjoyed traveling, music and spending time with her family.
Alvina's loving family includes: her children, Cary (Becky) Loveland, of Lompoc, Calif., Sheryl Loveland, Minot, Shelley (Rick) Brown, of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Holly (Randy) Bartsch, of Minot; grandchildren, Nadine and Courtney Loveland and Derek and Megan Bartsch; sister, Eva Smathers, Minot; sister-in-law, Vetta Loveland, of Fargo; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Alvina was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; sisters, Leona Damm-Burns, Theresa Iverson, Viola Kerzman Krukenberg and Adeline Kerzman; and brothers-in-law, Harold (Ruth) Loveland and Ed Loveland.
Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., in St. Leo's Catholic Church, Minot.
Vigil prayer service: Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Monday, from 2 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to the Bishop Ryan High School Foundation, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).