Margaret Dana passed away after a brief illness. She spent her last days surrounded by friends, family, music, and a great deal of love.
Born in Mayslick, Kentucky, she went to school in Hollywood, where her cultural interests blossomed. She earned her B.A. and Ph.d in English from UC Riverside. As a tenured professor at California Baptist College in Riverside, she inspired countless students to think critically and love literature. After retiring to Alameda, she continued to study, read voraciously, attend opera and theater, and cherish the community at Grace North Church.
She is survived by her daughter Cathy, sons Greg and Paul, grandson Maxfield, and granddaughter Shannon. Her wit, passion, and intelligence will be deeply missed.
Friends and family are warmly invited to celebrate her life at a memorial service and gathering on Saturday, August 30, from 1 to 4, at Grace North Church in Berkeley, 2138 Cedar Street.
Norman Vincent Lopolito passed away peacefully on July 24, 2014. He was born in Oakland, but lived in Alameda his whole life.
Survived by his wife of 64 years, Martha, and their daughter Cheryl Friedman of San Leandro, Sister Mary Ann Houck (Gene) of Livermore, and Sister D. Vida Reiss (Roland, deceased), of Alameda, as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Vincent and Dorothy Lopolito.
A graduate of Alameda High School class of 1948. Served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Retired from Bank of America mechanical department after 35 years of service. A car enthusiast from early childhood, and a past member of the Northern California Packard Club. He enjoyed building custom hot rods for himself as well as friends. He was a passionate lover of animals and supporter of local rescue organizations.
At Norman’s request, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to his favorite charity: Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, CA 94501.
For further information, contact Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director, FDR-745.
Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services FD-2139
1415 Oak St. (510) 522-6020
Born at the Chinese Hospital in San Francisco to the late Lily and Edward Ng, Bill was the adoring father of Jeremy and Grace Dolezal-Ng; caring partner/friend of Carol Dolezal; faithful brother of Lilly Jang, Henry (and Carol) Ng, Mary (and Peter) Fong, Tom Ng, Mabel Ngo, John Ng. He was preceded in death by sister Ruby Cordrey. He was Uncle Will to 16 treasured nieces and nephews and their families; friend and brother in Christ to many.
A strong person of faith and a dedicated Presbyterian pastor, Bill was actively committed to a lifetime of social justice and working for the disenfranchised. He lived out Martin Luther King’s vision of the Beloved Community and worked to inspire others to do the same. His first call as pastor was to serve Faith Presbyterian in South Central Los Angeles when demographics were changing and racial tensions high.
Willie (to those who knew him pre-1960) was nurtured by the San Francisco Chinatown communities at the Presbyterian church and Cameron House. For many