Blanka Estela Alvarez Burt — Utica

Blanka Estela Alvarez Burt, 50, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, from injuries sustained in a car accident along with her sister and best friend, Rosita Maria Alvarez.

Blanka was born June 24, 1964, to Gabino Alvarez Ramirez and Celia Moreno Gomez in Mexico City, Mexico. Blanka attended the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1983 where she got her master's in business and administration. She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Church.

Blanka's passionate and triumphant hunger to follow her dreams allowed her to work at her dream job as head of human resources and attorney of Serfin Bank for 12 years in Mexico City. After moving to Minnesota, Blanka got interested in working for H&R block until 2012. Above all, she was a loving and dedicated stay-at-home mom and wife to her daughter, Alex, and her "baby" Kerm.

June 24, 2004, Blanka married Kermit John Burt of Utica. In her spare time, she enjoyed traveling to exotic locations and learning about different cultures, cuisines and musical genres. More than anything else, she just enjoyed dancing, singing, shopping, going to the movie theater, and having hours of laughter with all her family, especially with her daughter.

Blanka is survived by her husband, Kermit; child, Alexandra Danae Alvarez at home; stepchildren, Amber (Andrew), Timothy (Lindsay), Mathew, Michael and Tyler; mother, Celia Moreno Alvarez; brothers-in-law, Kenny (Patty) Burt, Kevin (Diane) Burt and Kyle (DeAnn) Burt; sisters-in-law, Kristie (Gene) Burt, Kim Alvarez and Keri (Shelly) Gerth; father and mother-in-law, Merlin "Bozy" and JoAnn Burt. She was like a second mother to niece, Jessica Airaly Alvarez. Continuing with nieces, Heather Wirt, Mariana Moreno Alvarez and Lilana Moreno Alvarez; nephew, Ricardo Moreno Alvarez; and many other nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Faustino Alvarez and Longina Ramirez; maternal grandparents, Pascual Moreno and Lucina Gomez; father, Gabino Alvarez Ramirez; brother, Faustino (Tino) Alvarez; and sister, Rosita Alvarez Moreno.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in St. Charles, with the Rev. Kurt Farrell, the Rev. Shawn Haremza and the Rev. Jose Morales officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Hoff Funeral & Cremation Service – St. Charles, and one hour prior to Mass at church.

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