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The Memorial Wall

Honoring Those Who Have Gone Before Us

The Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is dedicated as a tribute to those who lost their battle with Parkinson’s disease.

This special way of remembering the loved ones in our Parkinson's community arose from the requests of families and friends asking us to design a place for healing of those who were left behind.

The purpose of the Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is a virtual place to 

- hold the memory of someone who lived with Parkinson’s and/or their family members
- memorialize families who were touched by Parkinson’s
- maintain the memory of others who suffered from the same or similar conditions
- allow family and friends to grieve and heal from the loss of someone they now can only remember
- bring greater awareness of the passing of Parkinson's sufferers than can otherwise be accomplished through print publications
- acknowledge and appreciate those who have made a donation and posted sentiments in memory of someone’s loved one
- provide a place for the living to visit so they can gain solace and understanding around the battle of a loved one with Parkinson’s, or a similar disease
- establish a memorial event honoring the legacy of the decedent and family
- serve as a memorial when the family prefers donations in lieu of flowers or tributes at anniversaries or other significant dates.

If you wish to honor your loved one and share your memories in a public fashion or establish a memorial event, such as a golf tournament, tennis tournament, or special award presentation in the name of the family or decedent, please contact us at


Donations made to the Memorial Fund go towards funding Parkinson's Resource Organization activities globally.

Recent Memorial Wall Additions

Francis "Frank" Jaskulski

Francis "Frank" Jaskulski

- December 16, 2010

Francis "Frank" Jaskulski, 81, of Lakeview entered into rest on December 16, 2010. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Carol Jaskulski. Also surviving are their five children, Wanda and Wesley Harris, Frank and Brenda Jaskulski, Carla and Loren Whitney, Diane Jaskulski, and Robert Jaskulski; five grandchildren, Gregory, Geoffrey, and Rebekah Harris, Michael Whitney, and Denise Snow; a great granddaughter, Laura Snow; a sister, Irene Welch; brothers-in-law Harry, Lewis, Thomas, and Jack Cramer; and numerous nieces and nephews. Frank was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the US Army. He retired from Canron Construction, Conklin, NY in 1995. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, football, amusement parks, and loved his family.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 18, 2010 at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, PA. Spring interment with military honors will be in Lakeview Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Friday. 

Remembering Francis "Frank" Jaskulski

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Alexander Zale

Alexander Zale

March 18, 1931 - August 28, 2020

On August 28, Alexander Zale, an actor who had a long and illustrious career on New York, European, and regional stages, as well as roles in several iconic movies and TV shows, died peacefully at home in Los Angeles of complications from Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Jennifer Donohue Zakkai, his brother Victor Zakkay, as well as several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews with whom he remained very close throughout his life.

Alex Zale was born Jamil Zakkai in Baghdad, Iraq on March 18, 1931, into a Jewish family. Shortly after a pogrom in 1941, during which hundreds of Jews were slaughtered, he and his entire family fled to Bombay (now Mumbai), India. He emigrated to the United States at age 18 and graduated from Hofstra University. He served in the U.S. Navy, before making his way as an actor in New York City.

Jamil, as he was still called, soon found great success on the New York stage. He appeared in The Connection with The Living Theatre, and joined the company on a European tour. He stayed in Italy to work with Vittorio Gassman's company, Teatro Popolare Italiano, traveling with it to the Aldwych Theatre in London.

Back in New York, he triumphed in the title role of Agamemnon at Lincoln Center, following it with another title role in La Mama's production of Faust, about which the New York Times wrote: "Jamil Zakkai, last summer's 'Agamemnon,' in Central Park, retains his grandeur as Faust. In his haunted eyes, we can sense the man's dilemma-the amazement and curiosity with which he greets Mephistopheles's machinations, the guilt that he feels when he is forced to kill his love's brother." Other theater projects in New York included Andrei Serban's Medea at La Mama and The Public Theater's productions of The Golem, The Dybbuk, and Henry V opposite Kevin Kline.

To pursue work in Los Angeles, he changed his name to Alexander Zale. He was featured in several popular TV shows, including Cagney & Lacy, The Incredible Hulk, Matlock, Tracey Takes On, NYPD Blue, and 24. Films include Francis starring Jessica Lange, Invasion U.S.A. opposite Chuck Norris, Mike Nichols' Postcards From The Edge starring Meryl Streep, Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls, and Robin Swicord's Wakefield with Bryan Cranston.

Regional theaters in which he worked include the Baltimore Center Stage, Seattle RepSouth Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA, and, in Los Angeles, Pacific Resident Theater, as well as the Mark Taper Forum, where he appeared in The Cherry Orchard with Annette BeningAlfred Molina, and Sarah Paulson.  

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Reverend Robert Graetz

Reverend Robert Graetz

May 16, 1928 - September 20, 2020

The Rev. Robert Graetz, the only white minister to support the Montgomery bus boycott and who became the target of scorn and bombings for doing so, died Sunday at his home in Alabama. He was 92.

Graetz died from complications of Parkinson’s disease, said Kenneth Mullinax, a friend, and family spokesman.

Graetz was the minister of the majority-Black Trinity Lutheran Evangelical Church in Montgomery, Ala. He was the only local white clergyman to support the boycott. He and his wife, Jeannie, faced harassment, threats, and bombings as a result.

Sparked by the December 1955 arrest of Rosa Parks, the planned one-day boycott of Montgomery City Lines became a 381-day protest of the segregated bus system that ended with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that segregated public buses were unconstitutional.

The parsonage where the Graetzes lived was twice hit by bombs, once when they were away and again in 1957, not long after the boycott ended, in a wave of attacks by white supremacists on civil rights leaders and churches. Four Black churches and the home of the Rev. Ralph Abernathy were also bombed on Jan. 10, 1957. The Graetzes were at home with their children at the time, including their then-9-day-old baby.

One bomb blew out the windows of the home. A second bomb, a package of 11 sticks of dynamite wrapped around a small box of TNT, was at the parsonage earlier that night but failed to explode.

In his book, “A White Preacher’s Message on Race and Reconciliation,” Graetz described how during those years of danger he played a game with his children in which he encouraged them to duck behind the sofa if they were told to hide because of a strange noise outside.  

Despite the scorn, violence and threats he and his wife faced, Graetz wrote they would not change a thing if they were given the opportunity.

“The privilege of standing up for righteousness and justice and love is greater than any other reward we might have received,” Graetz wrote.

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said Graetz “lived what he preached.”

“Rev. Robert Graetz and his wife, Jeannie, stood against hate and put their lives in danger because the cause, of their all-Black congregation and the community itself, was just,” Reed said.

Tafeni English, the director of the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center, called Graetz a “remarkable civil rights and social justice leader.”

“Rev. Graetz was a kind and gentle soul, who along with his revered wife, Jeannie, dedicated his life to creating Dr. King’s vision of the Beloved Community,” English said.

Graetz is survived by his wife and several children.

Remembering Reverend Robert Graetz

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Eugene E. Loya

Eugene E. Loya

June 6, 1937 - September 3, 2020

Eugene E. Loya, age 83, resident of Lake Shore, passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society – Bethany. Gene was born on June 6, 1937 in Brainerd to Ernest and Elsie (Kruger) Loya.

Gene graduated from Brainerd High School and was on the basketball state championship team of 1954. After graduation, he attended the University of Minnesota where he earned his Doctorate in Dental Medicine. After school, he joined the Air Force and was stationed in Tinker Air Force base in Del City, Oklahoma. Eventually, Gene opened his own dental practice in Minneapolis which was later relocated to Nisswa. He was an avid fisherman until he found his true passion in golf. Him and his wife, Patricia, were longtime golf members at Madden’s. His children will miss him and remember him as a fun, yet always a practical father.

He is survived by his children, Kristi (Don) Nelson, Greg (Denise), Brad (Heather); grandchildren, Tyler and Brett Nelson, Kelly (Derek) Jackson, Blake Loya, and Caitlyn and Makenna Loya; great-grandson, Owen Jackson; sister, Darlene Bolme; sister-in-law, Karen (Roger) Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 61 years, Patricia (Marttila) Loya; brothers-in-law, Robert Marttila and Jeff Bolme; and sister-in-law, Jackie Marttila.

Eugene Loya lived with Parkinson's disease 

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Barbara May Shelby

Barbara May Shelby

July 2, 1922 - August 18, 2008

Barbara May Shelby, (86), of Palm Springs and Long Beach, CA, died August 18, 2008 from complications of Parkinson's. Born July 2, 1922, to Marion West Magruder and Esther Ida Post, Barbara grew up in Long Beach, CA, graduating from Poly High School in 1940, and from Long Beach City College in 1941 with an AA Degree. She worked for Union Oil from 1942 until shortly after marrying Eugene Forrest Shelby on September 7, 1946. Two months later, they created Shelby Instrument Company, an electronics firm. In the years that followed, Barbara and Gene raised three children and traveled frequently. She was a member of the Long Beach Memorial Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary until 1964, when her husband retired and the family moved to Palm Springs. There, she became Assistant Director of the Desert Hospital Volunteers and was active in the National Charity League. After her husband's death in 1968, Barbara returned to college and received her BA degree in English and her teaching credential from Redlands University. She then became a teacher at Nellie Coffman and Raymond Cree Junior High Schools. After her retirement from teaching in 1986, she worked as Administrator and Fundraiser for Northwood University till 1997. During that time, her fondness for large brimmed hats added an additional note of elegance to the many events she arranged for Northwood. For years, she was also active in the Assistance League of the Palm Springs Desert Area and the Parkinson's Resource Group. In 2005, she returned to Long Beach to be closer to her children. She is survived by her son, Eugene Forrest Shelby, II (age 60) of Anchorage, Alaska, and her two daughters, Carolyn June Shelby (age 59) of Los Angeles and Barbara Jean Shelby (age 57) of Huntington Beach, CA. She has one grandchild, Samantha Shelby Ames (age 21) of Santa Cruz, CA. Funeral services will take place at 10:00 a.m. on September 6, 2008 at The Church of St. Paul in the Desert, 125 W. El Alameda, Palm Springs. Immediately after, there will be a graveside service at Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City. All friends and former students are welcome to attend. A scholarship fund has been created in Barbara's name at Northwood University. 

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Updated: August 16, 2017