Surrounded by love & family, Toni Lee Scoralle passed away August 9, 2017 at UCSF Medical Center, after a courageous battle with pneumonia as a complication of LAM (Lymphangioleiomyomatosis), a rare and incurable lung disease. Toni was born June 6, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois to Donald and Betty Scoralle. She graduated from San Ramon Valley High School and Diablo Valley College and worked for Caltrans District 4 in Oakland, where she worked for 35 years.
Toni began her long career at Caltrans as a Transportation Engineering Technician in 1982, becoming a Professional Land Surveyor (P.L.S. #6905) in the State of California in 1993, and diligently worked her way up through the ranks to her final role of District Office Chief, Supervising Surveyor for Right-of-Way Engineering, Surveys, and Mapping Services. In the words of one of her coworkers, “Unquestionably, Toni’s accomplishments, example, determination, and trailblazing efforts have been an inspiration for us all.”
Toni's passion outside of work was exercise; yoga, kick boxing, Zumba, riding her bike, eta. In her spare time; you could find her at Kathy's Butterfly Life Fitness Club, and then later on 24 Hour Fitness in San Ramon, they we're her home away from home. She made many friends here which went beyond the gym.
It was her active life that lead her to realize that something was not right with her health. On a family backpack trip along the Pacific Trial in 1993, she experienced terrible difficulty in breathing. After many tests, it was discovered she had LAM disease. It eventually became so pervasive that from 1998-2001 Toni spent much of her time living in and out of hospitals. We came very close to losing her many times. In 2001, she was gifted with a new set of lungs. The UCSF Lung Transplant team performed a miracle. Doctors told her these lungs would likely last 5 years, which turned into a miraculous 16 years. By the grace of God and these specialized teams at UCSF, we owe a debt of gratitude for giving her the gift of life. THANK YOU, UCSF!
Toni returned to her passion of exercise and four years after the transplant she biked around Lake Tahoe - that was just how she rolled. She will forever be remembered as one of the strongest people we will ever know. Her family is so proud of her, the way she handled her life with grace, grit, determination, pride, perseverance, wit, and zest. She never ceased to make friends and family laugh by "telling it like it is”. We have a saying in our family "Toni’s Toni", and that said it all.
Toni enjoyed her life. Besides her job and exercising, she loved dancing, gardening, baking, dining out with friends, fishing, traveling the world, adventure, going to plays, playing cards and games with friends and family, and spending time with her dear cats Jessie and Sheriff.
Toni is survived by her mother Betty, her four sisters Gina, Lisa, Marisa and Diana, two brothers Donald Jr. and David, nine nieces and nephews, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. We are grateful for the years we were able to enjoy our dear sister, daughter and friend. Heaven truly gained an angel. Her family is at peace in the knowledge that she is now breathing deeply and freely, laughing and dancing in Heaven.
On August 26, 2017, a ‘Celebration of Life’ service will be held at 11:30am, followed by lunch at Wilson and Kratzer- Chapel of San Ramon Valley, 825 Hartz Way, Danville, California 94526.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Toni’s name to the LAM Foundation, 4520 Cooper Road Suite 300, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242, 877-CURE-LAM, or online at thelamfoundation.org.
“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.” - Flavia Weedn