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.
Gladys Anna O’Rourke, 97, born May 12, 1921, in New York City, died peacefully Sept. 3, 2018, in Fullerton, Calif.
Glady, as she was called, grew up in Los Angeles, the oldest of four siblings. She worked for the Red Cross during World War II and then as a traveling salesperson for Myacord.
She moved to Alameda in the 1960s, where she worked as an office manager for a land development company that was instrumental in the development of Bay Farm Island where she resided for more than 50 years.
Glady was active in the Red Cross, the Soroptimists, Alameda Girls Club and Meals on Wheels.
As a devout Catholic, she loved her church, St. Albert’s Church, and attended Mass every day — except Sunday. On Sundays she stayed in her pajamas, read the newspaper and watched sports on TV. She loved Oakland A’s baseball.
Glady was a great cook and had a gift for hospitality; everyone was welcome at her table.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Tom and John O’Rourke, and two sisters-in-law, Jeanne and Carole O’Rourke.
Glady leaves behind a sister, Pat O’Brand, brother-in-law, Jack O’Brand, plus 12 nieces and nephews and their spouses, children and grandchildren who will never forget her.
Eric Thomas Lilleland, 75, passed away Aug. 14, 2018, at St. Joseph Hospital with his wife of 44 years at his side. Born Sept. 1, 1942, in Long Beach, Calif., Eric was adopted at birth by Ole and Edythe Lilleland. He attended Pasadena High School and after worked as a carpenter installing spas and building decks until he moved with his family to Humboldt County in 1981.
He built his home in Kneeland, Calif., as well as many other homes in and around Eureka, Calif., as an owner of a successful local construction company. He was also an active member, co-founder and fire chief of the Kneeland Volunteer Fire Department.
Eric enjoyed fishing, camping, working in his shop, riding motorcycles and sailing. In 1997 Eric and his wife sailed to Mexico and then to Alameda where they lived on their sailboat for 10 years until returning home to Kneeland.
Eric is survived by his wife Maureen, daughters Wendy Lilleland and Lisa Thornton, stepsons Randy Anderson and David Anderson (also known as “Computer Dave” in Alameda) and many longtime friends.
The family welcomes everyone to join them in a celebration of Eric’s life on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. at his home in Kneeland. Call (707) 499-9128 or (510) 830-6287 for more details.