Edward Aliverti


July 28, 1932 - Feb. 3, 2010

Edward Gene Aliverti, 77, Edmonds, Wash., died Feb. 3, 2010 at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born July 28, 1932 to Ambrose and Louise Aliverti in Walla Walla, Ed and his brother Bob worked on the family's farm and attended school where Ed graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1950 as its valedictorian. Ed attended Washington State University, where he graduated cum laude in 1955 with degrees in music education and communication. It was during this time that he married Shirley and their family would eventually include daughters Jann, Leslie and Gina. He returned to WSU for graduate work in 1957 and became a certified counselor after studying at Seattle University in 1965. From 1955-1960, Aliverti was the vocal music educator at Edmonds High School until he helped open Mountlake Terrace High School and established the exemplary choral program there and later served as a counselor. In 1971, Ed moved to Lynnwood High School, where he helped open that new school and served as a counselor until 1976. At that time, Ed became a real fixture at Edmonds Community College, where he served as the director of college information and school relations, and in 1981 he became the director of admissions and counseling. Then in 1985, Ed became the associate dean for student services, until he retired in 1988. True to form, Ed was even busier in retirement.

Ed is survived by his best friend and wife of 55 years, Shirley; daughters, Jann Aliverti, Leslie Jones (Ted), Gina Thorvilson (Rick); grandchildren, Ashley Granath (Derrick), Caitlin Jones, Adam and Eric Thorvilson; one great-grandson, Dylan Edward Granath. He is also survived by his mother, Louise Aliverti; his brother Bob and his wife Dana along with their two sons, Robert E. and Brent. He was preceded in death by his father, Ambrose Aliverti.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 at Holy Rosary Church, 630 7th Avenue N. in Edmonds, with a reception to follow in the parish school's gymnasium. Private graveside services will follow at Edmonds Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the Aliverti family respectfully requests that donations be made in Ed's honor to either: Multiple Sclerosis Helping Hands, 9792 Edmonds Way #229, Edmonds, WA 98020; or, Virginia Mason Pancreatic Cancer Fund, c/o Virginia Mason Medical Foundation, ATTN: Dr. Vincent Picozzi, VMMC Mail Stop B-2, 1100 9th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98111. Arrangements: Beck's Funeral Home, Edmonds, 425-771-1234; share memories with the family at www.becksfuneralhome.com


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