Sally A. Birk

April 11, 1926September 30, 2011

Sally Clark Birk, age 85, longtime resident of Duluth, passed away peacefully with her loving husband at her side, Friday, September 30, 2011, at Lakeshore.

Sally was born April 11, 1926 in Ogden, Utah to Andrew and Alberta Clark. She graduated from the University of Utah in 1947, with a degree in dietetics. Sally was a Delta Gamma and involved in student government as a class officer. She left Utah to attend Columbia University in NYC and graduated in 1949 with a Master’s Degree in Institutional Management.

Sally returned to Utah to marry Jack N. Birk on June 17, 1950. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary this year. Jack and Sally lived in Dragerton, UT, Palo Alto, CA and Pittsburgh, PA before moving to Duluth in 1971. She worked for the University of Utah, Westinghouse, and Stouffer’s as a dietician.

Sally was active in the Duluth community through her work at Northwood Children’s Home, the Salvation Army, the Duluth Women’s Club, PEO, the Duluth East High PTA, and an active member at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

She was happiest in the kitchen, whether her own, work, or at church. Sally will be remembered for her bright smile, her ability to laugh at herself, and her delicious pecan brittle.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Jerry Clark and sister, Barbara Hoiles.

She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Jack; three daughters, Judith (Robert) Kridle, of Oakland, CA, Peg Birk, of Minneapolis and Marianne (Mike) Kenfield, of Edina; six grandchildren, Liliana (Brian) Titterton, James Kridle, Lars (Maren) Leafblad, Megan (Michael Gottschalk) Leafblad, Drew Kenfield and Katie Kenfield; three great-grandchildren, Bergen, Annika and Ingrid Leafblad.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Gathering of family and friends from 10:00am until the 11:00am memorial service Thursday, October 6th at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1710 E. Superior St. Please leave a memory of Sally or words of support for the family at Arrangements by the Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home, 925 E. 4th Street.


  • Visitation Thursday, October 6, 2011
  • Memorial Service Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sally A. Birk

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October 7, 2011

I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's death. I remember walking down the street to your house on Olive Street and talking with your Mom. She was always so cheerful and positive. We really did have the BEST neighborhood!

I am praying for you and your family during this time of sadness.

Love, Pat Bures (Hughes) (Reimers)

Denny Harris

October 7, 2011

Jack and Family:

Jane and I are praying with you as you grieve the loss of dear Sally. She added a spark whenever she entered a room and brought a depth of insight and understanding to the numerous Boards she served so well.

Kathy Christensen

October 4, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We will always remember Aunt Sally's pecan brittle and her recipe will be treasured by the family always.

May it comfort you knowing we will always remember what a giving and caring person she was.

Much love,
Kathy Christensen & Family

October 2, 2011

I was saddened to hear about Sally's death and want to express my sincere condolences to her husband,Jack, and her family.
I will always be grateful for the kindness Sally showed me and my sons after the death of my husband, Franz Kamps, while she was on the board of Northwood Children's Home
Gudrun Kamps