Obituaries

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Edith-Louise Hardy Parker, 97, passed peacefully in her family home, surrounded by those she loved. She was born in Santa Barbara, Calif., to Edith and George Hardy in 1921. 

The family relocated to Lafayette Street in Alameda when Louise was in the second grade. She remained an Alameda resident for the next 91 years. She graduated from Alameda High School in 1939 and received an associate’s degree from Laney College in 1941. She met her beloved late husband Bill at a USO dance held at the Veteran’s Center in Alameda in 1941. 

Bill’s service to country saw them married in 1942 in Norman, Okla., while Bill was stationed there. That started a fantastic and wonderful life shared by a family who loved her dearly, and that she loved passionately to the end. She is survived by her son Bruce, daughter-in-law Cathy, and several nieces and nephews on both sides of her family.

Her career path saw her working for the Alameda Shipping Terminal in the 1940s when business was booming. As her husband’s career at Alameda Naval Air Station blossomed, it was time for a family. She took time to raise two sons before going back to work for the superintendent of schools, becoming his secretary and staying there until she retired in 1987. She was retained by the school district to run the federal surveys that she had implemented in the 1960s to bring federal funding to the Alameda Unified School District until the mid-1990s. 

When Louise and Bill both retired, they started an antique business called “Old Treasures Two” and traveled to antique shows until Bill’s untimely passing from cancer in 1995. 

Louise started her third and final career after Bill’s passing. She was a welcomed and requested member of the Alameda Hospital Auxiliary for 18 years until, due to a lack of mobility, she resigned from her station at age 95.

Louise’s social life involved everything Alameda has to offer: She considered Alameda “her island.” If it improved Alameda or its education levels, she was involved at some level. P.E.O. Chapter UN and the Retired Public Employees Association were two of her favorite organizations. She also enjoyed groups from the First Presbyterian Church, the Older Adult Ministries being her last. 

She was the most loving and caring person, awesomely combined with a positive attitude made up of pure strength and fortitude. We’ll always wonder if she ever had a bad day. Her drive to succeed in life remains an example to all. Heaven’s getting the better of this, she’s an angel, and we miss her sorely.

Louise’s memorial service will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 2001 Santa Clara Ave., followed by a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Donations in lieu of flowers and gifts may be made to the Louise Parker Memorial Fund at First Presbyterian Church of Alameda, 522-1477, alamedachurch.com.

James (Jim) Louis Nolin, Jr., 84, of Alameda, passed away on Dec. 10, 2018. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 9, 1934. 

Jim graduated from the Augustinian Academy on Staten Island, and went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Villanova University. Scholastically he ranked first among English majors and third in the school of arts and sciences. He was a dean’s list student every semester, news editor of the university newspaper and associate editor of the yearbook. In addition he was treasurer of the Spanish club, secretary of Delta Pi Mu fraternity in his sophomore and junior years, a member of the class steering committee, head of the publicity campaign for the Junior Prom and captain of his dormitory basketball team for three years. In his senior year, he was selected for the National Collegiate Who’s Who. He received a full tuition scholarship for law school at Villanova, but instead pursued and earned a Master’s in Education degree from New York University.

He moved to California from New York in 1959. He spent the majority of his career in business administration for the Boys’ Club of America and Alameda Hospital. During his time as executive director for the Alameda Boys’ Club, he was appointed assistant national chapter chairman of the Boys’ Club Professional Association. 

He also ran a family business with his son in Alameda, Mike’s Custom Detail, for the last 20 years in his “retirement.” Over the years in the Bay Area, he had been a member of the Sierra Club, Kiwanis Club, Elks Club and held a position on the Alameda Unified School District Board of Education. 

He was well-known and beloved by his family and their friends, especially for his remarkable wit and sense of humor. He was known to have crafted some elaborate jokes and experiences for his friends throughout the years. He spent a good deal of time with his grandchildren (and their pets) in his final years and will be dearly missed by them all.

He is survived by his son Michael James Nolin of Oakland, daughter Amy Carolyn LeBold of Orinda, and grandchildren: Kefren Esieh Gutierrez, 13, Owen James LeBold, 8, Mykayla Love Nolin, 7, and Delilah Jo LeBold, 5.

His family is having a celebration of life event that is open to all family and friends this Saturday, Jan. 12, at 3 p.m. Alameda Elks Club, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the American Cancer Society in his name.

Vernon “Archie” Lee Lowry was born to Lee and Myrtle Lowry in Ewan, Wash., on July 2, 1931. Affectionately nicknamed Archie, he was one of four siblings. Archie passed away peacefully on Jan. 2, 2019, in Auburn, Calif. 

Archie was a man of many talents and hobbies and a handyman of all trades. He taught Physiology and Biology at both Alameda and Encinal High Schools. He loved to coach football, basketball and baseball. He was a craftsman who liked to garden and golf, and even had his pilot’s license. 

He was very active in his community, including being a Mason, a Shriner, a member of the Elks for 67 years and a member of Rotary. Archie loved his family and friends, and he never met a person he did not like. 

He will be remembered as always being humble and kind. 

Archie is preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Myrtle Lowry, his brothers Ernie, Richard and Norman Lowry, and wife Clara Boyce Lowry. 

He is survived by his wife Pat Grigsby; children: Barbara Ann Perry, Mary Marguarite Lowry and Terry Lee Lowry; grandchildren: Aimee Casamatta, Lukas Perry, Lindsay Perry, Sharlene Lowry, Lora Robblee and Steven Lock; and great-granchildren: Katelynn Casamatta, Joseph Casamatta, Dominic Perry, Gabriel Casamatta, Cayden Chapman, Christopher Perry, Piper Perry, Dakota Lock and Hunter Lock.

Archie will be loved and missed by everyone who knew him. 

A celebration of life for Archie will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. at Greer Family Mortuary & Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. 

Family and friends are invited to attend the reception following services. 

In lieu of flowers, Archie’s family asks that you consider making a donation to the Shriners or St. Jude’s Hospital. 

 

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