The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001325134-01
Funeral Notices

SHIRLEY A. ALVARO
April 20, 1946 – August 20, 2020

Shirley passed away after a brave battle with cancer. She was a retired Nursing professor at the University of Hawaii – Manoa and a retired LTC in the Air Force. She was a dear wife, loving mother and grandmother. She loved to travel and was an avid marathon runner and a member of the Faerber’s Flyers women’s group. She ran 60 marathons and the grueling 37-mile uphill Run to the Sun on Haleakala, Maui. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in South Bend, IN and received her nursing degrees from Barnes Hospital in Kansas City, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner degree from UC San Francisco, and Masters in Public Health from UH Manoa.
She is survived by husband, Dennis, daughter, Carmen, son, Jonathan (Sukanya) Schmitt and grandson, Thanaphon. Preceded in death by parents, Joe and Ethyl Smudey; sisters Patricia Ritschard, Rose Jackson, Dee Smudey and brother, Leonard Smudey.
She was buried at the National Cemetery of the Pacific – Punchbowl with Military Honors.