May 2, 1934 - February 9, 2020 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 exploring all of the lower 48 states, where her father Ted would sometimes work on maps for The Automobile Club of Southern California. Lou developed her hostess skills and love for entertaining from her mother Dorothy. After earning her art degree at San Jose State Lou went on to a technical drawing job at SRI. She used her wonderful artistic talents in everything she did including home improvements and her many volunteer activities. Married in 1958, Lou and Bill shared a love for music and spending time with friends as well as family. They were both amazing role models. In the summer of 1969 they moved the family from Sunnyvale to Los Altos Hills and joined St. Nicholas parish and school. Lou was active in the life of St. Nicholas as room mother, parish council member, and key driver in starting the annual School Festival/Carnival and then organizing it each year, providing not just funding for the school but a wonderful community social event.
Leading the girls' Brownie, Junior and Cadet troops was another of Lou’s many volunteer efforts. She planned badge activities, camping trips and cookie sales, all for the fun of kids and adults alike. Lou also shared her volunteer energies with Lawyers Wives, raising funds for law school scholarships and donating to philanthropic groups related to the legal community, and Peninsular Children's Center Charter Auxiliary. As the kids grew older, Lou became a very active member of Assistance League of Los Altos. Over the course of 40 years she served as President three times in addition to other offices, helping to build a strong team of volunteers and making cherished lifelong friends. 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. With AL Lou helped support visually impaired youth, Hospitality House for seniors, vintage clothing fashion shows for seniors, the Los Altos Pet Parade and Festival of Lights Parade and the Assisteens. 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. In the last few years she served on the committee working with Uplift Family Services Campbell Foster Care and Adoptions (formerly EMQ). Jazz music colored most of Lou’s life. Trips planned around jazz-themed events were favorites among her many travel adventures with family and friends. 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! To her eight grandchildren she was their feisty Grammy Lou, always very happy to spend time with them and proud to brag about each of them. Lou is greatly missed by many who are grateful to have known and loved her, and who were loved by her, especially sister Beverly Coleman (Matt); children Elaine Farley (David), Stephanie Antonioli, Greg Antonioli (Jill) and Michele O’Neil (Joe); and grandchildren Kaitlyn & Megan Farley, Carly, Sophie & Ruby Antonioli, and Brian, Colin & Kelly O’Neil. Services have been held. Internment was at Gate of Heaven. Lou supported many charities. If you wish to make a donation we would suggest Uplift Family Services Campbell Foster Care and Adoptions; 100 Women Foundation; St. Clare’s Retreat in Soquel; or please choose one that is important to you. Thank you.