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Dale Walsh

Dale Walsh

February 20, 1937 - September 19, 2020

Philip Dale Walsh, 83, of Sioux City, passed away Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at his residence.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with the Rev. David Hemann officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present 5 to 8 p.m. and a vigil service at 7 p.m., at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Online condolences may be given at www.meyerbroschapels.com.

Dale was born on Feb. 20, 1937, on the family farm near Kimball, S.D., the son of Philip and Frances (Blasius) Walsh. Dale graduated from Kimball High School and the University of South Dakota. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve and was discharged with an honorable discharge on Dec. 31, 1966.

Dale married Patricia Fillmer on Aug. 10, 1963 at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City. He worked as a salesman for Vita Craft, and then at MCI for a number of years before starting his own business, the Walsh Upholstery Shop. Dale worked up until Parkinson's made it too difficult.

He enjoyed camping, being with his family, and watching sports. Dale was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Walsh of Sioux City; children, Renee Scholler of Sioux City, Jeff Walsh of Sergeant Bluff, Denise Berger of Sergeant Bluff, and Kelly Walsh of Sioux City; six grandchildren, Alexander Berger, Aaron Berger, Austin Walsh, Andrew Walsh, Katie Scholler, and Kandi Scholler; and two brothers, Robert (Janice) Walsh of Minden, Neb., and Thomas (Barb) Walsh of Sioux Falls, S.D.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Frances Walsh; a brother, Kenneth Walsh; and a sister, Vivian Geppert.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the medical professionals, including Hospice of Siouxland.

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Constance Buchanan

Constance Buchanan

June 19, 1947 - September 16, 2020

Constance Buchanan, a former director of the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School who developed the program into a permanent part of the School and University, died September 16, 2020. She was 73. A faculty member and associate dean at HDS for 20 years, Buchanan is credited with leading the Women’s Studies in Religion Program (WSRP) into an internationally recognized center for research on faith, gender, race, and sexual orientation.

Buchanan became director of the WSRP in 1977, and had the foresight to reach outside academia to find philanthropic women with passions and interests that intersected with the WSRP's mission, even though many of them had no direct Harvard connections.

“She really invented the WSRP out of whole cloth. There was a nascent program before she came to HDS, but there was no precedent for what she created. That was the challenge: How do you create a new academic field where there was nothing?” said Ann Braude, who succeeded Buchanan as the second long-term director of the WSRP. “She had to be able to imagine what was possible, and she had to be able to inspire people to believe that women could have a voice where they had none. She was the catalyst who could both imagine and could bring it to fruition. That took intelligence, commitment, vision, and, more than anything, faith in other women.”

During her time at Harvard, Buchanan also spent six years as a special assistant to University President Derek Bok. She contributed to his University-wide project on improving the quality of teaching and learning.

"You had the utmost confidence in her sincerity of purpose and the extent of her dedication to the improvement of education," Bok said in a 2017 profile of Buchanan. "It was a pleasure to work with someone who shared the same values as I did. Intelligence and knowledge are important, but that inner commitment and dedication to the ultimate goal of education makes a decisive difference."

For Clarissa Atkinson, a former WSRP Research Associate who later became a faculty member and associate dean for academic affairs at HDS, Buchanan was both a close colleague and a close friend. The two had offices on the third floor of Swartz Hall (then Andover Hall) and not only worked together often on matters related to the WSRP, but also “laughed uproariously.”

“Connie had an extraordinary ability: when she listened to people talk about their work, she paid such close attention that she drew from them ideas about that work that they had not been aware of before Connie recognized them,” said Atkinson. “She perceived aspects and connections and links that we might never have found on our own. I'll remember her for that, and much more.”

Atkinson also described Buchanan as determined to include African American scholars as major figures in the WSRP initiative, and the African American experience as a major component of the program’s research and writing. Buchanan was “a stubborn and determined fighter for justice,” said Atkinson.

Buchanan’s scholarship included an examination of the link between motherhood and the welfare of American society to understand why fundamental social values are threatened. Her 1996 book, Choosing to Lead: Women and the Crisis of American Values, shows that while public debate often blames women for the nation’s “crisis of values,” women’s leadership actually has the potential to solve this crisis by redefining the American pattern of adult life and work.

In 1997, Buchanan left HDS to join the Ford Foundation, where she served as a senior program officer working in various fields, including religion, education, and media. Her contributions have had such an influence on HDS that members of the School community have recognized her multiple times. In 2005, as the School celebrated the 50th anniversary of women being admitted to HDS, Buchanan was fêted with a portrait displayed in the Braun Room of Swartz Hall.

Later, in 2017, HDS alumni honored Buchanan’s impact on WSRP, on the School, and on the study of religion by naming her one of that year’s Peter J. Gomes, STB '68 Honorees. “She made us understand that religion matters, that gender matters, and they matter in public and they matter in our world, and that we can use them to make the world better,” said Braude.

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Ronald A. Zacky

Ronald A. Zacky

July 26, 1937 - September 11, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend Ronald Alan Zacky. He battled Parkinson's for many years, putting up a galant fight. We thank his caregivers, who also became friends, for their extreme devotion to his care; Albert, Mario, and Nana – we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Born on July 26, 1937, at Cedars of Lebanon to Bertha and Harry Zacky, Ron was truly a native of Los Angeles.  After being raised on a chicken ranch on Sherman Way in Van Nuys, Ron decided to spread his wings, and fly the coop, joining the United States Army. While stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, he learned he was much more proficient with a pencil, than a rifle.  After being honorably discharged from the Army, Ron served in the Air Force reserves, from which he was also honorably discharged, before becoming a Certified Public Accountant, and started a thriving practice in Sherman Oaks, which he managed for over 40 years.  He married the love of his life, Sandra in 1962, and started a family, having three sons, Hayden, Mathew and Brent.  Even though Ron had only sons himself, he has 9 grandchildren, including 8 girls, and 1 boy.  He was a mentor to many, and counseled them on business, investments, and life.  Ron leaves behind his loving wife of 58 years, Sandra, and his sons Hayden (Michelle), Mathew, and Brent (Amy), and his wonderful grandchildren who he loved so much: Daniella, Sofia, Gabrielle, Grayson, Connor, Sara, Camille, Elizabeth, and Rachel.  We are going to miss you!  We hope you enjoy a "nemu" in heaven, while you are taking a "boodi" and then you can have a nice, long "foofi"  You deserve it!  We love you so much Pop! You will be sorely missed! 

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Fredy Gonzalez

Fredy Gonzalez

October 12, 1956 - September 3, 2020

My father leaves behind his wife Maria Gracia Gonzalez and his daughter Jessica Gonzalez.  My father was a Master electrician and he enjoyed teaching math to his coworkers and myself to get my bachelor's degree from UH.  He will be deeply missed, he was a great role model and he will no longer suffer from the deteriorating disease known as Parkinson's. He is now resting in peace and rejoicing with the angels.  God bless his soul, he was an honorable father.

Service: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

J Leal Funeral Home
11123 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77079

Time: 9 am to 12 pm

Mass: St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church 09/09/20

Time: 2 pm

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Parkinson's Resource Organization.

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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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Terry Daniels

Terry Daniels

May 11, 1946 - September 1, 2020

Daniels was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a product of his years as a boxer, in the early ’90s.

An undated archive promo photo of Terry Daniels vs Joe Frazier fight.

Terry Daniels, an SMU student who took up boxing on the side, ultimately fighting Joe Frazier for the world heavyweight title in New Orleans the night before the Cowboys won their first Super Bowl at Tulane Stadium in 1972, died last week at 74 after a long illness.

Daniels was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a product of his years as a boxer, in the early ’90s. He’d lived in Willoughby, Ohio, since 2004, when one of his brothers moved him from Houston back to his hometown.

Daniels, an honor student in high school who played football and baseball at SMU before a knee injury ended those athletic pursuits, started boxing at Dallas' Pike Park Gym to stay in shape. He won three city championships and a state title before turning pro in 1969.

He’d compiled a modest record of 28-4-1 and was ranked ninth in the world when his promoter, Doug Lord of Dallas, finagled a shot at the title. Lord sold Frazier’s management team on a couple of marketing concepts.


“I told them I’ve got a white kid from Dallas,” Lord told The Dallas Morning News in 2004, "and he’s friends with the Dallas Cowboys, and everybody knows they’re going to the Super Bowl.

“And they bought it.”

Muhammad Ali, who’d lost the heavyweight title to Frazier 10 months earlier, did his best to help the hype.

“Outside of me,” the former champ said, motioning toward Daniels, “he’s the prettiest boxer around.”

More than 20 pounds lighter than Frazier, Daniels was also the biggest underdog in a heavyweight fight in 15 years. Frazier knocked him down three times before the referee stopped the fight in the fourth.

Daniels later said he felt like shaking the referee’s hand. He’d never faced anyone as imposing as Frazier.

“I hit him a couple times,” Daniels told The News in 2004. "Hit him pretty good, and he just stood there, lookin' at me like nothin' happened.

“It was pretty scary.”

Just the same, Daniels was smitten with his newfound fame. The day after the big fight, he sat at midfield to watch the Cowboys beat the Dolphins, 24-3. He lost four more fights that year before graduating from SMU in December with a degree in political science.

Lord advised him to quit, telling him he’d never get another big payday. He was smart and came from a wealthy family. But Daniels liked boxing, even when he lost. He retired in 1981 with a record of 35-30-1.

He subsequently became partners with his former trainer in a court-reporting business and moved to Houston. He married and divorced twice before the Parkinson’s diagnosis.

He outlived the prognosis of one doctor who told him he’d be dead before he was 60, but he knew it was only a matter of time. Not that it seemed to bother him much. Daniels, who leaves three sons and eight grandchildren, had no regrets.

“I’d do it again,” he said in 2004. "You can find lots of boxers that didn’t get hurt. I’m glad I did it.

“It was a wild ride.”

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Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver

November 17, 1944 - August 31, 2020

Tom Seaver was the legendary Hall of Fame pitcher who won 3 Cy Young Awards and led the 1969 “Miracle Mets” to a World Series championship win.  Died at the age of 75 from Lewy body dementia and complications of Covid-19. “Terrific” Tom Seaver made the Mets as a starting pitcher in 1967 and won 16 games and the National League Rookie of the Year award. In 1969, he helped lead the underdog “Miracle Mets” to a World Series win over the Baltimore Orioles. Seaver pitched a 10-inning complete-game win in game 4 of the series. After a dispute in contract negotiations before the 1977 season, Seaver was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in a trade called the “Midnight Massacre.” He returned to the Mets in a trade for the 1983 season and then pitched for the White Sox from 1984 until the middle of 1986, finishing the season and his career that year with the Red Sox. Seaver won three Cy Young Awards, won 311 games, and had 3,640 strikeouts. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 with almost a 100 percent yes vote.  

On finally pitching a no-hitter in 1978 while with the Reds; “A no-hitter is momentary,” he said afterward. “You enjoy the moment. But nothing can ever compare to winning a World Series.” – New York Daily News

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Uli Stein

Uli Stein

December 26, 1946 - August 28, 2020

One of Germany's most famous cartoonist, whose career spanned 40 years, has died unexpectedly. The artist was known worldwide for his drawings of animals and people with huge noses as well as his cheeky humor.

The cartoonist, famous for his animal and human characters with big, bulbous noses, had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, but his death was considered sudden, according to Seifert.   

He was buried according to his wishes at a ceremony attended by his closest friends, Katja Seifert, head of the Uli Stein Foundation for Animals in Need, said.

Born on December 26, 1946, in Hanover, Stein left to pursue his studies in Berlin and worked as a freelance photographer and a copywriter for local newspapers. 

He then dropped out of his studies to become a full-time journalist. Since the late 1970s, Stein devoted the rest of his career to drawing.

His drawing style typically featured bulgy-eyed and bulbous-nosed animal and human characters including cats, dogs, mice, and penguins.

Stein published his first postcards in 1982, followed by his first books in 1984.

Over his 40-year long career, his works featured in more than 13 million books and almost 200 million postcards across Europe, where he became known for his cheeky sense of humor. 

"I want to give people some fun, entertain them and give them nice moments in bad times or in good times," Stein said in an interview in 2009.

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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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Jerry Petitt

Jerry Petitt

March 21, 1953 - August 26, 2020

Gerard “Jerry” Petitt, a life-long resident of Long Beach, CA passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Jerry was born at the 32nd Street Naval Base in San Diego, CA. He was born on March 21, 1953 to Jack and Gloria Petitt. He attended school at Carver, St. Cornelius, St. Anthony's and graduated from Millikan High School in 1971.

Most of Jerry's professional life was spent as the owner and operator of a small business called Petitt’s Plumbing. He was adored by many of his customers and often offered services free of charge because of his big heart. He ran the business for 25 years until he was forced into an early retirement after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

Jerry was an amazing athlete. He competed on the US surfing team and raced motorcycles (even appearing in the original film “Gone In 60 Seconds”). He covered miles and miles of Long Beach on his skateboard and even once rode down Signal Hill backward on a bike! He played softball and racquetball for many years and was a hobby enthusiast. He enjoyed betting on horses at the Los Alamitos racetrack where he took his wife, Paula, on their first date. He married Paula in February of 1991 and became a step-father to Emily and Elizabeth.

Jerry loved animals, the desert, music, the ocean, 7Eleven coffee, and his family. Jerry was a good listener and was kind to all. There will never be another Jerry Petitt. We will miss him so very, very much.

Jerry is survived and adored by his wife Paula of 29 years, his children Emily (Kevin) Roden and Elizabeth (David) Barnard, his seven grand-children - Rosie, Luke, Abigail, Frank, Pearl, James Dixon, and Benjamin, and his sister Dianne Petitt (Lesley McBride), and his brother Jack (Debi) Petitt.

A service will be held to celebrate Jerry's life at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Details will be forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jerry’s name to Parkinson’s Resource at https://www.parkinsonsresource.org.

Luyben Dilday Mortuary (562) 425-6401

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