Alvara “Avie” Rabsatt Dies at 83

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We regret to announce the passing of Alvara “Avie” Rabsatt of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Alvara passed away on April 7 at the Advent Health Hospice Care Center in Altamonte Springs, Fla. She was born on April 1, 1937, in Tortola, British Virgin Islands and moved to St. Thomas in her late teens. Alvara worked as a salesperson at Little Switzerland and retired after 30 years of service. She was an active member of Christ Church Methodist for over 50 years.

Alvara is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Harold Rabsatt.

She is survived by her children: Alexis Swift, Theresa Sweet, Melanie Rabsatt-Connor and Ritza Rabsatt Santana; grandchildren: Kahlid Tapia, Keshma Felix Gilchrist, Krystle Felix, Shawn Santana, Rachael Sweet and Wesley Sweet; great-grandchildren: Razekiel Santana, Ezri Santana, Zuriel Santana, and Avianna Gilchrist; sons-in-law: Darius Sweet, Felix Santana Jr., and Irvin Connor; brother, Arnold Smith (Crackers); sister, Jennie Wheatley; and brother-in-law, Charles Wheatley.

She is also survived by sister-in-law, Marion Smith; cousin, Ruth E. Thomas; nieces: Lynette Forbes, Maureen Smith Creque, Claudette Gumbs, Mariel Smith, Sezilee Reid, Beverly Smith, Germaine Baugh and Alouette Rhymer; nephews: Allenton Penn, Mitchell and Kensley Smith, Verne and Lynrick Rhymer, Michael and David Smith, Allen, Lloyd and Leon Wheatley; and honorary children: Debra Allen, Gladys Scatliffe and Anthony Angol.

The funeral service will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 27, at Eastern Cemetery.