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MaryAlice Kaloostian, longtime Valley State Senate staffer, passes

MaryAlice Kaloostian, a longtime Fresno County political staffer who worked for three straight California State Senators, passed away on Thursday, the office of Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) announced Friday.

“It is with great sadness that I share the passing of MaryAlice Kaloostian, a long-time respected staff member for the California Legislature,” Borgeas said in a statement. “During her tenure, she served former Assemblyman and Senator Chuck Poochigian, Senator Dave Cogdill and Senator Tom Berryhill. She then retired to travel and spend time with her family. I want to extend my deepest condolences to her family and friends.”

Kaloostian last served Berryhill through his term expiration in 2018 as District Director.

Shortly after Kaloostian’s passing was announced, numerous politicos, elected officials, and friends took to Twitter to post remembrances of a public service mentor.

A memorial service will be held at Fresno’s Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church on Wednesday, May 15.

Alex Tavlian
Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at alex.tavlian@sjvsun.com.