Evelina Wai Li Wong passed away on June 10, 2022.
Evelina was born June 7, 1964 in Berkeley, California. She grew up in Oakland, California, then the family moved to Alameda, where she attended Alameda High. Following high school, she attended the University of California (UC), Berkeley and graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science.
Following graduation, she pursued her interest in the retail industry and worked as an analyst at Mervyn’s Department Store in Hayward. After that, she then worked for several years at the Williams Sonoma Retail Company working her way up to a Systems Analyst.
She met her husband Daniel at UC Berkeley, while participating in the Asian Business Association Bowling League in 1983. Her bowling not only improved, but she had found her life partner. They were married in 1990 and enjoyed over 31 years of marriage. They were blessed with the arrival of their son, Brent, in 2005.
Evelina loved to travel starting by taking summer family trips to be with relatives in Vancouver, British Columbia (BC) as a child growing up. She took her first international trip after graduating from college by studying abroad in Taiwan on a student exchange program. She also took trips to Europe with Daniel and her family and was fascinated with the different cultures having visited England, France, Italy, Germany, Scotland, and Mexico. She also enjoyed taking several trips across the country with Daniel and Brent. Most recently, they went on an extended road trip to visit several National Parks and took historical journeys through the cities of Boston and New York.
Evelina devoted a great deal of time remodeling their house in Berkeley in the 2010s to extend and transform their small bungalow. She enjoyed selecting fixtures and personalized a lot of the features of the home. She was very detail oriented and made sure nothing slipped by without her acceptance. The house was her pride and joy and will always be a lasting memory of her legacy and the vision that she had of a happy home.
Over the years, Evelina became a passionate and accomplished cook. She enjoyed learning about cooking techniques and styles from cooking shows and collected many cookbooks over the years. She often experimented preparing new cuisines and loved cooking on her Wolf Oven Range.
She was a wonderful wife to Daniel and mother to Brent and cared for both dearly. She kept the household together while Daniel worked and Brent attended school, making continual sacrifices for the betterment of the family. Whether it was shopping, chauffeuring, volunteering, cooking or cleaning at home, she did so with a generous heart. She was a loving and supporting wife, mother, friend, travel companion, and advisor, and will be missed by her family.
Evelina is survived by her husband, Daniel, and their son, Brent, her brother, Curtis, and many beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins from around the Bay Area and the Vancouver, BC area.
If you have any memories, stories, shared moments, or photos you would like to share, please send them to Daniel at email@example.com