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Sunset Funeral Home and Sunset Memorial Park

3802 Watermelon Road, Northport, AL

OBITUARY

Lynn Frances Tobola

February 16, 1958August 29, 2019
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NORTHPORT – Lynn Frances Tobola, age 61, of Northport, Ala., passed away August 29, 2019 at Northport Medical Center. Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, September 20, 2019, at Sunset Funeral Home with Father Michael Deering officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park with Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation will be 9 a.m. -11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Tobola; and her mother, Pat Tobola. Survivors include her husband, David Roberts of Northport, Ala.; sisters, Karen Greene (Richard), Ann Tobola (Jack), Jennifer McKeon (Mike) and Lisa Hord (Carter); brother, Christopher Hutt; mom, Mary Elaine Leyden; and 15 nieces and nephews. Lynn was born on February 16, 1958 in Euclid, Ohio. She moved with her family to Glastonbury, Conn. in 1969, and then to Tuscaloosa, Ala. in 1974. She graduated from The University of Alabama with BA and MA degrees in American Studies and an ML.S. (Master of Library Science). She worked at The University of Alabama for 35 years as a Reference Librarian from 1984-1989, and as a Social Work Librarian from 1989-2019, always ready to help students and faculty to be successful in their endeavors. She recently retired on July 1, 2019. All that knew her were recipients of her kindness, generosity of spirit and love. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter or to The University of Alabama School of Social Work 50th Anniversary Book Scholarship Fund, checks payable to The University of Alabama, Box 870101 Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 or through www.give.ua.edu.

Services

  • Family Will Receive Friends Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Services Friday, September 20, 2019

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Rachael Stover

September 19, 2019

Aunt Lynn you are truly missed. I loved how you would talk about your love for Native American Culture.
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

Gabrielle Vianna

September 18, 2019

My Aunt Lynn was someone who expressed so much love and happiness. She always saw all the beauty the world had to offer. I will always remember her warm hugs and how she helped shape me into the individual I am today. I am a better person for having known her.

Judy Johnson

September 16, 2019

Lynn was a valuable resource to the Alabama Conference of Social Work in 2015-2016 when we were doing research for our 100th year celebration in partnership with UA School of Social Work. She had wonderful ideas and helped us navigate the archives. We appreciate her and know that no one can take her place - she was one of a kind. Rest in Peace.

Judy Johnson

September 16, 2019

Lynn was a valuable resource to the Alabama Conference of Social Work in 2015-2016 when we were doing research for our 100th year celebration in partnership with UA School of Social Work. She had wonderful ideas and helped us navigate the archives. We appreciate her and know that no one can take her place - she was one of a kind. Rest in Peace.

April Jones

September 11, 2019

Lynn was a wealth of knowledge when it came to research and writing in social work. I met her in 01' as an MSW student. I recently had the opportunity to speak to her at a conference last year about her career and she was so excited to hear about my career. She offered to assist my students and gave a plethora of resources to consider for courses. I'm glad I got to see her. Rest in peace Lynn.

Joel Blackstock

September 11, 2019

Lynn was so kind and encouraging when I got my MSW. She was always funny and eager to talk to anyone who wanted help or conversation. She helped me research some short stories that I was writing in college, read them and encouraged me enthusiastically in my writing career. I still remember her commenting and eagerly circling passages that she liked. The stories are now all published and I am halfway through a career in mental health. Both of these things I credit in large part to Lynn.

Miriam Johnson, MSW, PhD

September 10, 2019

Lynn was one of the first people I met when I started my program of studies back in 1990. What a great way to begin! A beautiful spirit, wonderful sense of humor, always knowledgeable and so helpful to someone who had been out of the classroom for a long time.

Rest in peace, Lynn. We all miss you.

Charles Griffin

September 10, 2019

So many students benefited from her efforts over so many years. Her efforts assisted many social workers to obtain their degrees and go out to help so many people. God be with you all. You are in my prayers.
David Griffin class of 1988 (BSW) and 1991 (MSW)

Maribeth Bowman

September 10, 2019

During my time at the UASSW, I always looked forward to peeking my head in Tobola’s office door each day for a quick chat. Tobola was always eager to hear about what was going on in the lives and coursework of her students and she genuinely cared about each one. I will always remember the help she readily gave and the hours she spent helping me master journal article queries. She was an amazing human being and she will be greatly missed.

Maribeth Bowman, MSW c/o 2015

Valencia Morrow,MSW

September 10, 2019

Going through my programs on both levels, Lynn supported me significantly. My accomplishments couldn't have happened without her support. Thank you for your life's work. Rest well!- Valencia Morrow,MSW (class of 2010 , BSW, class of 2011, MSW)

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