Christina J. Alvis, 53, (“Chris”, “Aunt Chrissy” and “C”), wife, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great aunt, godmother and dear friend, of Warrenville, formerly of Wheaton, IL and San Jose, CA, passed away on October 7, 2021, suddenly and unexpectedly due to an unanticipated event following a surgical procedure.
Christina was the loving wife of Michelle, nee MacGaffey; dear sister of Robert Y. (Margaret) of Glen Ellyn, Susan (Raymond) Gillespie of DeKalb, Jeffrey A. (Andrea) of Wheaton, Elizabeth A. Magnier of Warrenville, and Karen (Michael) Joyce of Wheaton; fond aunt of 16; great-aunt of 11; sister-in-law of Laura (Todd) Main of Frederic, Wisconsin, Robert W. MacGaffey, Jr. and life partner Alison Schaper, of Yorkville, and Michael S. MacGaffey of Warrenville.
Christina was preceded in death by her parents, the late Robert and Jean (nee Hillberg) Alvis and her in-laws, the late Robert “Mac” Wyatt MacGaffey and the late Marion L. "Mare" "Whitey" MacGaffey (nee White).
Christina graduated from Wheaton Central High School in 1986 and from DePaul University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Christina had an astonishing 25+ year career in the healthcare field as an Anesthesia Technician and Supervisor working at many prestigious hospitals including Mt. Sinai, Stanford University, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and the University of Chicago. Not only was she a proud graduate of DePaul University, she held several prominent medical certifications for her profession that she was incredibly proud of earning.
She recently relocated back to the Chicago area with Michelle to start their next new chapter of their amazing life together, after living in California for the last 11 years.
Christina will be remembered for her habit of doing deliberate acts of kindness randomly and often and was generous to everyone around her. You never knew when you were going to be the recipient of one of her kind acts, but when you were, you felt like the luckiest person in the world. Thoughtful loving acts always.
Like her mother, she was a proud Swede and loved to celebrate her heritage in many ways.
She loved to travel, especially weekend getaways with Michelle and her other partner-in-crime best friend, Al Capone, which most times included a beach somewhere. Christina cherished her wife Michelle and their dog Al Capone more than anything, and she held the title of "Aunt" to her nieces and nephews as one of her greatest joys in life.
Christina was an avid golfer, a great cook and an amazing BBQ master on the grill.
In her last selfless act of kindness on this earth, Christina gave of herself and was an organ donor. She ensured her legacy will live on through organ and tissue donation, and through that generous act, Christina will touch countless others as the family members, friends and communities of those who receive her donated organs and tissue will be forever impacted by their improved quality of life, made possible, once again, through her selfless gifts.
She is our hero now and always for all she did to help others in her family, her friends, her profession and as an organ donor.
A Visitation and Service will be held on Friday, October 15, from 4 PM until 9 PM with a Service at 7 PM, at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street in Lombard. The Visitation will then continue until 9 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Christina’s memory may be made to the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA Adoption Center, 1450 Rollins Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010.
Info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.
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Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA Adoption Center
1450 Rollins Rd., Burlingame CA 94010