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Thousands Celebrate Life of Kathleen Sirovy

More than 1,000 gathered Tuesday night to pay tribute to Kathleen Sirovy, former Oakmont High School principal. Sirovy lost her battle to brain cancer.

Imagine having a life where everyone you knew was family or friends.

That’s exactly how , was remembered Tuesday in a Celebration of Life tribute held in the school’s quad with more than 1,000 people in attendance.

from an inoperable brain tumor at the age of 61 after a career in education that began at Oakmont High School and spanned 39 years.

“Kathleen would have loved this,” said Ron Severson, assistant superintendent of the Roseville Joint Union High School District. “We’re all here in her quad. She reveled in moments like this.”

As one of the evening’s speakers, Severson told the crowd, “Kathleen was a robust, vibrant woman who touched all of our lives.

“She loved this high school,” Severson said. “She had a profound impact on my life and that of others. She made me a better listener, she helped me to reorganize my priorities and she made me realize never to give up on people.”

Oakmont English teacher David Wallace said Sirovy could be described with four words: loquacious, ebullient, benevolence and legacy.

Sirovy’s longtime friend and colleague Linda Drever said she and Sirovy were “best buds.” She told the audience her nickname for Sirovy was “Special K.”

“Kathleen was the type of person who got two days out of each day,” Drever said. “So that means she actually lived to be 122 years old.”

Tuesday’s celebration with all the speakers and music aren’t the only way Sirovy will be remembered. Earlier this year after her diagnosis, members of Oakmont’s that is currently on display on one of the school’s outdoor hallways. In addition, hundreds of people contributed to and at Tuesday’s event a special Oakmont Viking booth was set up offering blue wrist bands with the words, “Honoring a tradition of excellence” inscribed on each one.

“We have sold more than 1,100 bands since Monday,” said Oakmont teacher Kim Richards. “We’ve made about $3,000, which will all go toward a scholarship that has been set up in Kathleen’s name.”

Roberts is an Oakmont graduate and a former student of Sirovy’s.

“Kathleen actually hired me as a teacher here in 1996,” Richards said. “This is all so sad. She was always so warm, a mom figure to so many. She truly did believe in the best in everyone.”

Sirovy is survived by her husband, George, who retired as the athletic director of Granite Bay High School.  The couple has two adult children.

Kathleen Sirovy Scholarship Fund

To donate to the Sirovy scholarship fund, make checks payable to RJUHSD, “Kathleen Sirovy Scholarship,” and send to Kathleen Sirovy Scholarship Fund, Oakmont High School, 1717 Cirby Way, Roseville, CA 95661.

ben french September 01, 2011 at 02:25 PM
What an amazing person. She will live forever in the thoughts and actions ot her students.

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