Obituaries

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Lois Josephine (Day) Chase, 82, of Alameda, passed away at Alameda Hospital on Sept. 1, 2018, after a long struggle with COPD. Lois was born on Nov. 13, 1935, in Florence, Kan., to L.C. and Esther Marie Day and was the sixth of seven children. 

After graduating from college and nursing school in Kansas, Lois moved to Denver, Colo., to work at Denver Children’s Hospital. In Denver, she met Cadet Donald “Tom” Chase of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Lois and Tom wed on June 4, 1959, and were married for 56 years. 

Lois traveled the country and the world as a military wife and mother. She continued to work as a nurse in various states and later started a second career selling real estate. 
After Tom’s retirement from the U.S. Air Force in 1980, Lois and Tom settled in Alameda where Lois continued her career in real estate. Lois was active in the Alameda Elks Lodge and St. Joseph Basilica Catholic Church.

Lois is survived by her sons, Donald Jr. (Kris), Michael (Terri) and David (Paige); her grandchildren, Taylor and Donny; brother Lawrence (Beverly) Day; sister Sr. Virginia Ellen Day; sisters-in-law Eloise Strelow and Patricia Weisrock; and her and Tom’s long-time friend and business partner, Gregory Boyington Jr. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, and her siblings: John, Bill, Margaret and Don.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. 

For more information call Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).

Barbara (Leahy) DiCola, 58, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 8, 2018, at her home in Alameda. Barbara was born in Oak Park, Ill., to Thomas M. Leahy, Jr., and Marjorie (Thalin) Leahy. She spent most of her life in Wilmette and Chicago, Ill. Barbara graduated from New Trier East High School in 1977, from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1981 and received a second bachelor of science, summa cum laude, in Nursing from Rush University in Chicago in 2007.

Barbara met the love of her life and was married in 1998 to Paul J. DiCola of Chicago. He preceded her in death in 2003. She was a loving sister to Thomas C. Leahy (Marilyn) of Dublin, Calif., Nancy Leahy Glass (Michael) of Glencoe, Ill., and Jane Leahy Haras of Wilmette. She was a devoted and proud aunt to Katherine and Thomas Haras, Lauren and Thomas Christopher Leahy, Zev, Tala and Mica Glass. She was a loving godmother to many and was thrilled to be a great-godmother to Katherine’s daughter, Ember Rose. 

Barbara was a flight attendant for American Airlines for 35 years, which helped fulfill her zest for travel and exploration. She visited sites all over the world and would bring treasures from exotic places home. 

She also worked in the Neurology Unit for Alexian Brothers Medical Center for five years. In 2015, Barbara moved to California to avoid the harsh winters, but has countless friends all over the U.S. 

She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 1140 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, at 1 p.m. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Speisekammer Restaurant, 2424 Lincoln Ave., from 2 to 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Barbara’s name to the East Bay SPCA, 8323 Baldwin St., Oakland, CA 94621, www.eastbayspca.org/get-involved/give-now/tribute-gifts.

Thomas Leon Paluch passed away peacefully on Aug. 8 surrounded by his family and loved ones due to complications of a stroke. Tom is survived by his loving wife and partner of 15 years, Stacy Paluch.

Tom was born in Redondo Beach, Calif., on Oct. 2, 1953. He is survived by his sister, Dolores Hummel and his brothers, Frank and Dan Paluch as well as his cherished sister-in-law TommySue Paluch. Tom adored his nieces and nephews: Danielle Jr., Jason, Stacia, Deanna Paluch and Bobby Hummel. He is also survived by his loving wife’s family: Leslie, Mo, Matthew and Sebastian Gomez and Greg Matthews and Lena and Sasha Pimental.

He was a longtime employee of Rosendin Electric, where he worked as a senior project manager. Tom was an avid fisherman and yachtsman and was a member of the Encinal Yacht Club where he served as port captain. He also was a member of the Eagles Fraternal Order.

All friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of love on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Encinal Yacht Club, 1251 Pacific Marina.

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