Leah Oberlin

August 27, 1968May 5, 2017
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Leah Ann Oberlin, of Houston, passed away on Friday, the 5th of May 2017, after a four month long battle with cancer.

She was born on the 27th of August 1968, in Queens, New York. She later moved to Galveston, Texas with her mother, where she gave life to her first born child, Nick. She graduated from Galveston College in 1993, Texas A&M Galveston in 1996 and met her husband Erik. Upon graduation, she moved to Indiana to pursue her M.S. Degree in Environmental Engineering at Notre Dame University and graduated in 1999. Meanwhile, in 1998 she married Erik Oberlin in New Buffalo, Michigan. After graduation, they relocated to Palm Beach County, Florida, where Leah briefly taught seventh-grade science and gave birth to her second child, Claire. At this point, Leah began her career in the environmental field starting at The Florida Department of Environmental Protection where she worked for approximately a year and half. She then transitioned over to The South Florida Water Management District briefly, which was a stepping stone into her career at the Army Corp of Engineers. She worked diligently for nine years at the ACOE and was ultimately promoted into the most senior position, Section Chief of South Florida District. In 2013, the family moved to Houston, where Leah began working at HNTB as the Environmental Planning Manager. In 2015, she made her final transition to the Port of Houston, where she assumed the role of Director of Environmental Affairs.

Leah is survived by her husband, Erik Oberlin; son, David Warren; daughter, Claire Isabelle Oberlin; mother, Toni Enriquez; step-father, James Musgrove; father, Gilbert Noble; step-mother, Bonnie Noble; brothers, Robert Paeschke and Kevin Noble; sister, Danielle Noble and daughter-in-law, Amanda Warren.

A memorial service is to be conducted at one o’clock in the afternoon, on Saturday the 13th of May 2017, in the Jasek chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. Immediately following, guest are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent Grand Foyer.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to the Galveston Bay Foundation, 1100 Hercules Ave #200, Houston, TX 77058.



  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, May 13, 2017


  • Immediately following the service, guest are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent grand foyer


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Cecilia Chin-Palles

October 12, 2017

We are saddened to learn of Leah's fight against cancer and her subsequent passing. Although we haven't been neighbors for several years, we have missed her quick wit and humor. She was always such a pistol and she had such a zest for life. Erik, Nick, and Claire, please know that we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers and hope that memories of Leah provide you comfort. ~The Palles Family (Aldo, Cecilia, Alex, and Christina)

May 29, 2017

Leah, Leah, Leah. You will be forever in our heart. Your love of life, your thirst of knowledge, and your positive outlook has always been and remain an inspiration to us all. You will enternally live on in the lives of those you have touched. We have honored your life with a star in the constellation Cassiopeia (known for everlasting beauty) as "The Star of Leah". Your light will shine as bright as the stars in the sky. The official paperwork will be mailed to the house for Erik and Claire. We love you so very dearly and your spirit will live in our hearts.
Love, Brenda, Sammy, and CJ.

David Stites

May 26, 2017

As an environmental consultant, I knew Leah professionally, got to know her personally during her USACE years, and kept in contact after she moved to Houston. I will miss her. I am sure those close to her will miss her more.

Margaret Hall

May 15, 2017

Leah, it is our loss at the Port to not see all your plans and dreams unfold. You were such a positive force and although I knew you only briefly, you touched me and inspired me. Your spirit lives on. My deepest sympathies to your family.

Amanda Warren

May 14, 2017

Beautiful Leah, the past four months have been so surreal. Thank you for allowing me to be not only a part of your life but for family. For welcoming me with open arms. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories and most inportantly raising the man of my dreams. We love you, Leah. Forever.

Hilary Greever

May 13, 2017

My dearest Leah, there are no words to describe the deep loss felt by myself and all who knew and loved you. You inspired me to be a better me, as a woman, as a mother, as a friend. You showed me that there is always hope, and to never lose faith in tomorrow. Lily Bell is very sad, too, for you touched her life greatly, as well. We will love you and miss you forever. Rest in God's hands until we meet again. My love and prayers to Erik, Claire, Nick, Amanda, and your entire family. We were blessed to have Leah in our lives.

Anne Dunning

May 13, 2017

Leah, I am missing your memorial today due to an eye injury, but I admit that even if I could attend, I would not know my place in your realm and at your service. My entire relationship with you consisted of 3.5 lunches, 2 hallway interactions, 1 chat in your office, and a carpool. Our brief interactions only merited a footnote in the chapter you wrote with your life, yet you impacted me.

I met you at an interview lunch. After a morning speaking with men of important power and character, I felt an instant easy rapport with you. I felt the rare sensation that I had found an accomplished peer with whom I could form a like-minded partnership based on similar values and mindsets. I suspect you felt the same because our subsequent conversations included progressively greater confidences, growing trust, and increasingly tangible plans at the intersection of our fields. Everything about you spoke to me of bright future, potential that would be realized, mutual support, and fun.

I cannot say I feel robbed of that bright future because I deeply believe natural deaths occur according to natural order. Perhaps your role in my life was merely to inspire and expand my vision of future possibilities, and perhaps my role in yours was simply intended to assure you that someone like-minded could be in place as you departed.

When news of your passing broke, the tsunami of shock and pain was tangible, yet I have to smile. Your spirit has such force of nature to generate that energy, and after the shock, your legacy will leave love, loyalty, and dedication to high ideals.

Thank you for the opportunity to know you. Thank you for putting so much meaning into 3.5 lunches, 2 hallway interactions, 1 chat in your office, and a carpool.

Mary Lyford

May 13, 2017

I met Leah when she lived in Abacoa near my daughter, Hilary Greever. They soon became fast friends. When I would visit Hilary, I would spend time with her and Leah. We had lots of fun listening to music and drinking red wine. I will have pleasant memories always of Leah and her infectious smile. Rest In Peace , dear Leah.

Bobby Oberlechner

May 13, 2017

I, like so many others on here, will miss you sorely. You are a kind soul and a gentle spirit. I am a better person for having known you. Rest in Peace dear friend.

John Fellows

May 13, 2017

When Leah spoke, people listened, because she usually had the right answer, and even if she didn't, she had an important piece of that answer. Or she'd make you laugh and feel better anyways. Thank you, Leah. Thoughts and prayers to your family and friends.