Faustino J. Avaloz August 5, 1939 - November 11, 2020

Avaloz, Faustino (Tino) J.

Age 81, died peacefully at home November 11, 2020 with family at his side. Preceded in death by parents, Gabriel and Esther; and one sister, Maria Callender. Born and raised in St. Paul, Tino graduated from Humboldt High School. He then began a 45 year career at the Minnesota Historical Society as a Microfilm Lab Assistant, becoming Curator of the Newspaper Collection in 2002. Tino was dedicated to his family. He enjoyed annual family vacations to Madeline Island, spending time with his grandsons, bird watching, and good beer. Tino was a private and reserved man, but loved sharing his passions for jazz and cooking. A supporter of the St. Paul Culinary School, he walked there daily to eat lunch with friends. A food connoisseur, he was an excellent cook. As a Minnesota sports fan, he felt the ups and downs of being a diehard Vikings fan. He will be greatly missed, but lives on in our memories forever. Survived by wife, Karen; sons, John (Kim) and David (Mari); grandsons Garrin and Reese; brothers George and John (Jaa) Avaloz and sister, Cesaria Bauer, nieces and nephews. Visitation Saturday, November 28, 1-4 PM at Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 1167 Grand Avenue, St. Paul 55105. 651-228-1006.

Visitation Saturday, November 28, 1-4 PM at Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 1167 Grand Avenue, St. Paul 55105. 651-228-1006. 


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    Ross Huelster says

    I met Tino, when I was 16, almost 50 years ago, when I worked with his wife, Karen, at the Lexington branch of the St. Paul Public Library. He was a kind and gentle man with an ever present smile. A family friend of mine, Eugene Becker, was his colleague and mentor at the Minnesota Historical Society and spoke highly of Tino to me. Socially, I only knew him for three years. That I would remember him and his wife well, almost 50 years since I saw him last, speaks of the legacy he is leaving as noble person. Peace to Tino and his family. Ross Huelster

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    Cheri Thies says

    Tino and I were colleagues at MHS from the 1970s on but I really got to know him after we moved into the History Center in 1992. He was a kind and gracious person with a quiet humor and was always happy to share his knowledge of the newspaper collection. MHS lost so much when he left and now the world has done the same. My thoughts are with you all.

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