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.
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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
Katherine Tofflemire passed away peacefully in Alameda on July 12, 2014, following a long illness. Kay was the last surviving child of Lino and Desideria Brusuelas, of Tularosa, N.M.
Family was most important to her as she often shared her happy memories of growing up on a ranch in Tularosa. That’s where her love of gardening began. She also enjoyed oil painting and was a talented crafter.
She was retired from AT&T where she worked as a telephone operator and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers.
She is survived by her son Mark Tofflemire and wife Jane, her daughter Lois Baxes and husband Michael, and her grandson William Leoppard III, her sisters-in-law Mary Salazar and Juanita Brusuelas as well as many nieces and nephews.
She will be greatly missed by all who loved and cherished her.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in Kay’s memory be made to the American Cancer Society or the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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