Services for Alicia Bewernitz, 27, were held May 13 at St. Genevieve Church in Livonia. Ms. Bewernitz died suddenly May 8 in Ukiah, Calif. She was a graduate of Wayne State University. Survivors include father, Dean Bewernitz of Whitmore Lake; mother, Sherry Kazzlleh of Plymouth; step-father, Frank Kazzlleh of Plymouth; sister, Jamie of Orange County, Calif.; brothers, Ryan of Clarkston and Daniel of Whitmore Lake; grandparents, Bob (Rene) Fisher of Sarasota, Fla.; and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.
remember when I first heard of Alicia's death. I was up for a presentation on
the Courier Disaster Response Team at an SFBMA meeting. It tore through me and
I couldn't help but let the tears roll down my cheek. She is such lively person
that I couldn't even image that she could be dead. I remember her vitality and
her enthusiam for life and sisterhood. We would have amazing empowering conversations
spontaneously in the streets of SF while we were both on standby as messengers.
She had a positive and healthy outlook towards being a woman, sexuality, and being alive. When I had last seen her, she had a glowing bronze tan from her recent journey to Costa Rica. She would muse aloud of her fantasy to buy some land and a crusier bicycle and live in the mountains over there. I loved her; she was such a kick-ass woman. We are both kick-ass women, and we loved each other for it. I am glad to have been her friend for the short couple of years that I knew her, and regret not ever taken her up on her offer of a girl's night out. We always just met on the road.
She is the first person in my life whose death affected me so closely. I do not look forward to any others. May she have learned her Life's lessons while she was here, and may she be on the path to evolution.
Photographs courtesy of Richard