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Obituary: Walker, Elberta “Bert”

Age 98

WALKER, Elberta “Bert” Beloved Elberta “Bert” Walker passed away June 19, 2013. Elberta was born April 20, 1915 to Joseph Bascetta and Congetta Bascetta - of an early, long-time Valley farming family who also owned-operated the Sorrento Restaurant. She attended Orchard Avenue Grade School and graduated from West Valley High School and Kinman Business School. Elberta also earned a Washington State Real Estate License. She and her late husband, Roy Walker (WWI and WWII Veteran), owned-operated the R & E gas stations, and rental properties in Washington and Idaho, and the Bamboo Restaurant. She was also a supervisor at Galena during WWII. She loved to learn new things and to spend time with her poodle, “Smokie”. In addition to being a business woman and entrepreneur in the community, Elberta enjoyed bridge, gardening, golf, photography and traveling to China, Europe, South America, throughout the United States and to the 1939 New York World’s Fair. “Bert’s” energetic, loving and generous spirit will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary, Josephine, and Nellie; and brothers, Rookey, Peter, and Michael. Survivors include her brother, Joseph P. Bascetta II, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Arizona and the East Coast. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11am on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 503 N. Walnut Rd., Spokane Valley, WA.