Lucille Parsons, 84, passed away peacefully in her sleep in Walnut Creek on May 26, 2020. She was born Aug. 19, 1935 in Corpus Christi, Tex., to Elias and Blanche (Flores) Espinosa. From birth to her death, Lucille delighted family, friends and co-workers with her zest for life and generous spirit.
Lucille’s career as a civil servant began at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi. She met her first husband Jesus Rodriguez, an airplane mechanic, while carpooling to work. Lucille, Jesse and their daughter Geralyn moved to California in 1959 after finding jobs at the Alameda Naval Air Station.
Lucille proudly served her country both as a civil servant and also as a member of the Naval Reserves. For more than 30 years she worked in several departments at the Alameda Naval Air Station, most notably in the Motivation Branch.
Everyone knew Lucille: her beautiful smile, personality and perseverance in her work were legend. Her devotion to her country and her spirit of adventure inspired her to join the Naval Reserves at the age of 38. She especially enjoyed her overseas service, which included trips to Hong Kong, Korea and the Philippines.
The closure of Alameda Naval Air Station resulted in Lucille’s early retirement. At this time she met and then married David Parsons, a proud member of the Alameda Police Department. Lucille and David spent many happy years traveling and enjoying each other and their family life together.
Lucille and David became proud grandparents to Jack Clucas, participating fully in his activities. Lucille and David volunteered with school lunches, and participated with coaching basketball at St. Clement School in Hayward. Their devotion to each other extended to Lucille’s parents as well, and included numerous trips to Corpus Christi to visit them.
Lucille and David’s travels included yearly trips with Geralyn, Robert and Jack to Mazatlan or Puerto Vallarta during Christmas. Lucille was especially proud to be Jack’s godmother, and took him to St. Joseph’s Basilica in Alameda frequently since his infancy.
Lucille was preceded in death by her loving parents Elias Espinosa and Blanche (Flores) Espinosa. She is survived by her devoted husband David Parsons, her daughter Geralyn (Rodriguez) Clucas, grandson John Anthony (“Jack”) Clucas, and son-in-law Robert Clucas.
Rosalie A. O’Neill (née Diola) passed away in Lafayette on May 20, 2020, due to chronic health conditions unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rosalie is survived by her loving sons, Michael and Kelly; grandchildren: Anabelle, Jack and William; siblings: Ricardo, Glorya, Thomas, John and Donald; niece Theresa and nephews: Douglas, David, Jason, Kevin, Jeremy, Patrick and Evan; and many more loving family members and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Julio and Mary Jane, and brothers Robert and David.
Rosalie was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., and raised in Alameda in a large family of eight children. She graduated from Alameda High School in 1964, where she was on the tennis team. She went on to raise her two children in Lafayette with then-husband Michael. She spent a long career as an administrative assistant at Rossmoor, starting in 1979 and retiring in 2017.
Rosalie was a private person who preferred listening to others rather than talking about herself. She was well known for her seemingly endless thoughtfulness and generosity. She was a loving and doting grandma who loved to spoil her grandbabies and found it hard to say no to them. Rosalie was a foodie and loved to cook, bake and eat great food — inspiring her son Kelly to pursue a career in culinary arts. When she truly loved a dish she would say it was “dee-vine!”.
She loved spending time with her family and would make frequent visits (Tom Jones or Rod Stewart blasting from her car stereo as she arrived) and would cook big holiday meals at the family home in Alameda. She loved bold colors like purple, orange and lime green; watching movies and PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre; going to museums and concerts with Glorya; wearing her pearls, colorful scarves and big jewelry; watching professional tennis; and traveling and exploring California and beyond with her family. Rosalie’s Catholic faith remained strong throughout her life.
Rosalie leaves an enormous hole in all of our lives and will be missed beyond words.
Rosalie was buried near her parents and brother Robert at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland, where the family honored her in a private gathering.
Emmet “Doug” Steed passed away at home on June 1, 2020, surrounded by his loving wife Dianne and his daughters Jennifer and Melissa. Although he was born in Canada, he was proud to be an American and served as a Marine in his early years.
Doug was a magic man and could fix anything. His daughters and his grandchildren were the highlights of his life.
He leaves behind his devoted wife Dianne of 54 years who cared for him until his death and his daughters Jennifer Dorn (Lonnie) and Melissa Haugner (Ted). He was the beloved Ampa to his six grandchildren: Claire Dianne Haunger, Ryan Steed Haugner, Anna Maxine Dorn, Jennifer Anne Haugner, Matthew Emmet Dorn and Allison Melissa Dorn. He will be forever missed by his family and many friends.
Doug lived life to its fullest, but most of all, he loved spending time with family and entertaining friends at his cabin on Donner Lake. The family expresses its heartfelt appreciation to all who sent prayers, masses, cards, flowers, food and the abundance of shared memories. He was truly a great man!
A private, immediate family mass will be held and a celebration of his life will take place when it is safe.
If you wish to make a contribution in Doug’s honor, the family requests that a donation be made to the Alameda Welfare Council, PO. Box 2265 Alameda, CA 94501.
For more information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).