Alex Matthew Arista

Alex Arista

Alex Arista

Alex Matthew Arista, age 38, of Adams, WI passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

A celebration of life will be from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the Friendship Village Hall.

Alex was born April 28, 1984, in Belvidere, Illinois. He attended school in Westfield and then attended Adams-Friendship High School where he graduated in 2003.
Alex was a hardworking man and loved being a self-employed contractor. He loved John Deere collectibles, woodworking, helping others, cooking on the grill, fishing, hunting, camping, spending time with his niece & nephew, yard lawn services, visiting with people about what he was accomplishing & making, Chicago Bears football, Chicago Bulls Basketball, and driving around on his John Deere lawn mower.

Alex was preceded in death by his father: Margarito Arista; special dad: Ismael Olvera; grandparents: Eugene & Eleanor Gerloff, James Lutz, and other extended family members.

Survivors include his mother: Gena Gerloff; sisters: Andrea (Tim) Hurns & Corinna Branstad; brother: Trebor Branstad; grandma: Lillie Lutz; extended sister: Tammy (Paul) Dodson; nieces & nephews: Justice, James, Kristion, Timmy, Jasmine (Mike) & James (Brittany), and his special friend: Stephanie Koski. He is further survived by many other nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

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  1. Kathy McCarthy says:

    I worked with Alex at MSTC. He was a student in one of my communications classes, and worked hard. He always was polite and friendly. So sorry for your loss. He had great potential and had great plans for running his own businesss. I am so sorry for your loss. Lean on the Lord during this time.

  2. Tammy, Mike, Joe Pieper says:

    My condolences to you Gena and family, Alex always had smiles that could light the room up. Many people have there memories of Alex. As my family will as well. Alex will forever be in my family’s heart and the memories will overflow. May Alex be at peace now and may he watch over all of you. God bless.

  3. Becky Paz and Wally Kotlowski says:

    Our condolences to Alex’s family.
    So sorry to hear about this. He will be missed.
    We spent lots of time with him at the job sites for many years and he was always positive and smiled so bright.
    Thank you for all your hard work, may you Rest In Peace.❤️

  4. Barrel & Judy Jameson says:

    Very sorry to learn of this sad news. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. May you Rest in Peace, Alex……

  5. Julie Schnolis says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Alex was always such a thoughtful person with a smile.

  6. Randy and Cathy Renner says:

    We were so saddened by this news. We just thought he was a great guy. Randy loved working with him. We will miss him. He had a great smile and was so kind. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

  7. Nick and Robin Hiller says:

    What a loss. He helped me out with some jobs this spring and was a great guy. Please accept our sincerest condolences.

  8. Christine Ann Wollyung says:

    This was hard to hear about. Alex was such a nice young man. Always had a smile on his face and so pleasant to talk with. I will miss seeing him around. It just doesn’t seem real😭

  9. Sarah cleland says:

    So meny good times with Alex…with all his trials and tribulations always being with a smile and I am going to miss him..this time his rest won’t be with something drawn on his forehead…but I did gave to tell him before we got to school…

  10. Jeanne Suralski says:

    A good, kind, hardworking man that will be greatly missed from this earth. Peace – Jeanne

  11. Cheri Ross says:

    My deepest sympathies to the family. I enjoyed having Alex as a student.

  12. Carol Worth says:

    So sorry for your loss. May he RIP.

  13. Al Graske says:

    Peace is what You deserve. The Lord has wonderful intentions for You. We built a ferocious array of equipment for Your business. I always enjoyed the bright greetings when I came over to review your vast collection of toys. My favorite was the trailer that allowed You to work past sundown. Every time I had the privilege to visit at Ace or Your house We always jived and I appreciate You forever.

  14. Crystal witcraft says:

    Sending condolences to the family.

  15. Ray Cochran says:

    Peace be with you Alex.. much love. And thank you for all u done.. don’t forget the angels in your life.. you know you can fly. And be free.
    P.s. Ray. See ya later

  16. Ray Cochran says:

    Ray Cochran is there for all. I won’t look at best but I’ll lay my respect.
    I’m down

  17. Greg m says:

    I’m at a loss for words I remember him being friendly to everyone and happy to his family I’m sorry for your loss and hope you get thru this thru strength of family and find peace

  18. Brenda swanson says:

    So sorry for yer loss gena.

  19. Sharon Miller says:

    So sorry for your loss. Alex had a kind and caring soul. And that smile just shines your day. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends. He will truly be missed. R.I.P. Alex.

  20. Paul and Tammy says:

    We love you all so much, our hearts is with each of you. Alex was the best little brother ever, my heart is heavy, but our hearts are with you all

  21. Jessica Kratz says:

    So sorry drea, Gena and family Alex was a wonderful man and I will miss him.. my condolences

  22. Theresa Brown says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. When ever I seen Alex we would stop and talk for a bit. He seemed so happy. It was a sock to hear he died.

  23. James Hunt says:

    Sorry for your loss,, he will be greatly missed

  24. Brenda knutson says:

    Sorry for your loss. Every time I ran into him he was happy and always brightened my day.

  25. Kimberly nelson says:

    So sorry momma

  26. Kay Franson says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful hardworking man. I’ll never forget all the help he gave in caring for my mom and dad. I loved visiting with Alex and he always loved coming for dinner. I will miss seeing his smile.

  27. Shawna Gruber says:

    So sorry for your loss…. Sending prayers to you and your family.. he will be missed

  28. Fred Renner says:

    This was such a shock Alex was a great young man. You all have my families deepest sympathy… Fred, Debbie, Hunter,and Ryan Renner

  29. Rick and Brianna Carlson says:

    Wow, I just talked to Alex at the fireworks, hadn’t seen him in years and was just as friendly and nice as always. Our condolences.