Elizabeth Antonioli

Obituary of Elizabeth "Lou" Antonioli

Elizabeth “Lou” Amphlett Antonioli Lou was born in the Quinette family home in Lawton OK, and grew up in Los Angeles with her younger sister Beverly. Her love for travel started with childhood family road trips through all of the lower 48 states, where her father Ted would sometimes work on maps for Automobile Club of Southern California. Lou picked up her love for entertaining from her mother Dorothy. According to her Louis Pasteur Junior High class Lou was a “swell and cute gal”. Apparently even then she was the life of the party! She attended Hamilton High School, and Santa Monica Junior College for 2 years. She then ventured north to complete her art degree at San Jose State, followed by a technical drawing job at SRI. She exercised her wonderful artistic talents in everything she did including painting, wallpapering and remodeling her home. Since she was a teenager Lou loved jazz music. She played the drums in junior high and high school in Los Angeles and later frequented clubs to hear live music. Trips planned around jazz-themed events were some of her favorites among her many travel adventures. She was fortunate to travel the world with family and friends and had just one country left on her bucket list. She loved a beautiful sunset, a good cocktail hour and taking photos of humorous sites along the way. Lou found humor in so many things! Fittingly, Lou met Bill in a bar when her roommate, a paralegal, dared Lou to ask her boss, Mr. Antonioli, to a dance. He unexpectedly accepted, the pianist played the song "Mr. Wonderful", and they were married in 1958. They shared a love for music and spending time with friends. They lived in Los Altos for a year before purchasing their first home in Sunnyvale. Lou and Bill and their four kids (Elaine, Stephanie, Greg and Michele, just a newborn) moved to Los Altos Hills in the summer of 1969. In the Fall Elaine and Stephanie started school at St. Nicholas (having transferred from Resurrection Parish). Lou was an active participant in the life of St. Nicholas School and Parish. She was a room mother for each of her children's classes, worked at the weekly "hot dog day" at school, sewed the girls' skirts for the annual dance festival at school, and sewed the song girl outfits for the years before the decision was made to purchase them. At Christmas, when Stephanie sang in church with Sr. Margie, Lou and Bill would ensure Sr. Margie joined the family for Christmas breakfast in between masses. Lou was a great hostess. There is some recollection of the parents having cocktail hour at the kids’ swim meet, and Lou and friends may have been busted for drinking Bloody Mary's during a Sunday morning basketball game at St Joseph’s Menlo Park. The family, along with many others in St. Nicholas parish, sponsored a Vietnamese family and Lou helped them get settled and acclimate to living in Mountain View. Lou was also on the parish council. She was a key member in getting the annual School Festival/Carnival started and organizing it each year, providing not just funding for the school but a wonderful community social event. Lou was the girls' Brownie, Junior and Cadet troop leader, and ensured these times were full of fun activities like camping trips and day trips. She loved the outdoors and made trips fun for kids and adults alike. She was a ready participant in and supporter of her children’s many activities. She and Bill set a couple of great examples for their kids on how to be caring parents, aunts and uncles! Lou was always finding ways to help others. She and another friend helped Bishop Lane, a friend from Maryknoll, to address and mail his many Christmas cards for years. She and Bill hosted family/friend gatherings at their home where Bishop Lane would say mass and then all would join in a meal. She was an awesome cook and loved entertaining. Lou was active in Lawyers Wives, raising funds for law school scholarships and donating to philanthropic groups related to the legal community, as well as Peninsular Children's Center Charter Auxiliary. Lou was a driving force in many of their activities. As the kids grew older, Lou became a very active member of Assistance League of Los Altos. She served as President in addition to other offices through the years, helping to build quite a strong team of volunteers. Halloween was always a busy time at the Costume Bank but Lou found ways to make it run better and at the same time be more fun. During over forty years Lou helped support visually impaired youth, Hospitality House for seniors, historic clothing fashion shows for seniors, the Los Altos Pet Parade and Festival of Lights Parade, programs for foster youth through Uplift Family Services (formerly EMQ) and the Assisteens program. During Lou’s 1983-84 presidency the Assistance League received the $3.725 million grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to finance construction of the 42-unit HOME (Housing for Medical Emergencies) near Stanford Hospital. She travelled to represent her chapter at many National Conventions making even more friends along the way. Lou loved animals. When the kids were growing up they always had dogs and cats (Lou was especially fond of black cats) and the occasional hamster. Raccoons were a favorite, and she loved watching them, the deer, birds, bunny rabbits, squirrels and other wildlife that paraded through the yard. But as an avid gardener she didn’t like the deer eating her plants! To her eight grandchildren she was their feisty Grammy Lou. She was always very happy to see then and proud to brag about of each of them. Lou is greatly missed by many who are grateful to have known and loved her, and who were loved by her. Lou supported many charities. If you wish to make a donation we would suggest Uplift Family Services Foster Care and Adoptions; 100 Women Foundation; St. Clare’s Retreat in Soquel; or please choose one that is important to you. Thank you.
Monday
17
February

Vigil/Rosary

6:00 pm
Monday, February 17, 2020
Spangler Mortuaries - Los Altos Chapel
399 South San Antonio Road
Los Altos, California, United States
(650) 948-6619
Tuesday
18
February

Service

10:00 am
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Saint Nicholas Catholic Church
473 Lincoln Ave.
Los Altos, California, United States
Tuesday
18
February

Graveside

11:30 am
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
22555 Cristo Rey Dr.
Los Altos, California, United States
(650) 428-3730
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