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James Dennis Molgaard, fondly known as Jimmy, Jim and JD, 72, of Alameda, passed away at Concord Medical Center in Concord. 

JD was born in Audubon County Iowa, on June 15, 1947, to James (Merlyn) and Norma Molgaard as the oldest of three children. He attended Elk Horn Kimballton Community School and graduated in the Class of 1965.

JD worked as a finishing carpenter for Jim Larson Construction until he enlisted in the Army in 1966. He took basic training at Fort Polk, La., and was stationed in Germany. After his discharge, JD moved to California, where he made a career of high-rise construction house framing and carpentry, as well as dabbling in bartending. He retired in 2008. 

JD was a life-long Dodgers fan, but he adopted the Oakland A’s. He walked the Relay-for-Life track in Alameda, volunteered his woodworking skills at his church and rode his bike all over the Island City. He was an avid reader and storyteller. He enjoyed afternoons of baseball and beer. 

JD was preceded in death by his mother, Norma Molgaard. He is survived by his father, Merlyn Molgaard (Mary); his sisters, Judy and Janine (Ellic); his children, Daniel (Dana) and Jennifer (Gilbert); five grandchildren, his longtime companion, Gina; numerous nieces and nephews and other family members and friends.

Memorial donation may be given to the Woman’s Cancer Research Center at 2908 Ellsworth St., Berkeley, CA 94705. JD’s family would like to thank the ICU staff at Concord Medical Center for being his surrogate family while COVID-19 restrictions sidelined them. 

A memorial service will be held when it is safe for family and friends to gather to celebrate JD’s life. 

Born in Decatur, Ala., on Jan 19, 1966, and a resident of Alameda since 2006, Holly Parks died on March 31, 2020. She previously lived in Pawtucket, R.I.; Boston, Mass.; New Orleans, La. and Birmingham, Ala. She was predeceased by her parents, John D. Parks, Jr. and Lynn Parks. She is survived by her brother, John D. Parks, III and his wife Lisa of Tualatin, Ore.

Holly served as a United States federal merit systems judge for six years in San Francisco until her passing. Prior to serving as a judge she was a U.S. attorney in the Department of Health and Human Services, serving the Native American medical community from 2006 until 2014. From 1998 until 2006 Holly worked for the Massachusetts Attorney General, State Appeals Court and in private practice.

Holly received her J.D. from Northeastern School of Law in 2000. She earned a Masters of Social Work at Tulane University in 1989. She was awarded a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1988.

Holly was special soul with a love of adventure and travel. Her travels took her to several Olympic Games, African safaris, Asian jungles, the Arctic Circle, the Galapagos Islands and snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. As she roamed the world, she indulged in the local cuisine with passion, creating friendships at every stop. She was an avid gardener, reader and patron of the arts. She was a devoted life-long Auburn fan, always eager to shout a loud War Eagle!

A celebration of her life will be held later this year when it is safe to do so. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either Northeastern University School of Law at www.northeastern.edu/law/giving/ways.html in the memory of Holly Parks or the Lung Cancer Research Foundation at www.lungcancerresearchfoundation.org.

Gene R. Maurice, 93, a longtime resident of Alameda, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2020 in Alameda.  

Born in 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio, his parents were Alfred Moses and Matilda Maurice (Stein). 

Like many families that endured the Great Depression, the Maurice family migrated across the United States: living in Seattle and Honolulu before settling in Alameda in 1936 where they resided on Encinal Avenue and Fillmore Street. Gene was a graduate of Alameda High School and a member of the ROTC where he was also the company bugler.

Gene enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October 1943. While in the  Navy, he served aboard the USS Saginaw Bay CVE 82 where he rose from the rank of Seamen First Class to Petty Officer Third Class. He earned battle ribbons for American Pacific Theater, Asiatic-Pacific Theater with a Silver Star for Palau, Leyte, Lingayen, Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaigns, American Victory, Philippine Liberation with one star, as well as, participating in Operation Magic Carpet. On the July 13, 1944, he crossed the 180th meridian. 

Upon his honorable discharge, he began a career in machinery and engineering with Calpac and then later enjoyed a long career at Del Monte. 

While at Del Monte, he flew the world as an engineering operations specialist working with cannery operations throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as Venezuela, Philippines, Hawaii and Kenya. 

Upon retiring in 1983, Gene began a new career as a consultant for Machinery & Equipment where again traveled the world until finally retiring in 1995.

In 1949, Gene married Audrey Demek of Alameda. They were married for 66 years. She preceded him in death in 2015. He was a caring father of: Jeanette Donnelly (Philip), Patricia Garcia (Chris) and Michael (Laura). Beloved Grandfather of Meghan, Katie and Heather Donnelly, Trisha Ann Manzo (Marco) and Daniel Maurice (Julia). 

Gene had a love of Dixieland Jazz. His band, “And That’s Jazz” was a staple in jazz gatherings throughout California and Nevada; participating in many of Alameda’s Fourth of July parades over the years. Many will remember him as the sailor who played Taps at the annual Memorial Day and Elks Veterans Day events each year. 
Gene’s family wishes are to thank you all for your outpouring love and are privately celebrating his life. 

 

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