Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - March 18, 2011


Sharon Dolan Dirkx

Sharon Dolan Dirkx, 81, a longtime resident of Pleasanton, died peacefully at home Feb. 25 with her husband and daughter at her side.

She was born Oct. 6, 1929, in Parker, Idaho, and moved with her family to California when she was 12. She graduated from Alhambra High School in Martinez and with an academic scholarship went on to study at UC Berkeley. She worked in the health care field as a medical assistant to a number of physicians in the Bay Area for over 20 years. It was during one of her regular work trips to the Bank of America that she met a handsome teller, Joe Dirkx. They married Dec. 4, 1954, and started a family in Oakland. Later they moved to Hayward, eventually settling in Pleasanton in 1968. She was an avid outdoorswoman and was especially fond of golf. She played at the Pleasanton Fairways Golf Course into her 81st year. She also loved to travel and made many trips to the Pacific Northwest where she would spend time with family and fishing on her son's boat.

Ms. Dirkx is survived by her husband Joe; sons Mark and Clayn; daughter Erin; and grandchildren Heather, Galen, Aislyn and Ella. A celebration of her life will be held April 9 at the family home in Pleasanton. Donations can be made to Vitas Hospice Care of Newark.

Robert Kennedy Reid

Robert Kennedy Reid, 83, died March 5 at his Pleasanton home, surrounded by his family.

He was born Nov. 8, 1927, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He left school at age 15 and served a five-year apprenticeship to become a carpenter. He worked with British Railways and served as a messenger for the Civil Defense during World War II. He enjoyed cycling and touring Scotland with his friends. He was a skilled ice hockey player and met his wife of 60 years, Sheila, at the rink. They left Scotland in 1963, arriving in San Francisco, and the family settled in Albany where he worked as lead carpenter at Alta Bates Hospital for 26 years. He was a member of the Live Oak Lodge No. 61. In his retirement years, Mr. Reid and his golf buddies, "the dawn patrol," enjoyed many rounds starting at 6 a.m. The Reids moved to Pleasanton recently to be closer to their family.

Mr. Reid is survived by his wife Sheila; daughter Lesley and son-in-law Frank; and grandchildren Christin and Reid Napoleon. Friends are welcome to attend a memorial service at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, at Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito.

Patricia J. Roberts

Patricia J. Roberts, a resident of Pleasanton, died March 8 at the age of 73.

She was born Feb. 6, 1938. She was a social worker with Santa Clara County, Valley Christian Counseling and other programs such as lay counseling ministries.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years Terry; daughter Tracy and her husband Tony; granddaughter Cora; sisters Norma Pati of Salem, Ore., and Barbara Ravas of Libertyville, Ill.; and dear friend Linda Lindquist of Dublin. A celebration of her life was held March 12 at the Valley Christian Center.


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