Sharon A. Birk, formerly of Monticello

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Sharon A. Birk, 74, formerly of Monticello, died on Wednesday, September 14, at Sylvan Court in Canby, Minnesota.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Monticello, with Father Tony VanderLoop as Celebrant. Interment was in the church cemetery. Visitation took place from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the church.  
Sharon Anastasia Birk was born on July 4, 1937, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the eldest of four children born to Vincent “Bud” and Ethel (Baker) Birk. She attended country school District #124 and later Monticello High School, graduating with the class of 1955. She went on to attain her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Minnesota in 1960. Following college Sharon accepted the position of Assistant Head Nurse for Premature Labor and Delivery at Charles T. Miller Hospital in St. Paul. In 1965 Sharon graduated from the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine’s Flight Nurse Program. She went on to positions at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Ramsey Hospital, the University of Miami, the University of Florida, and the Nurses’ Association of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Chicago, IL. She served for many years as a Research Associate of W.N. Spellacy, M.D. in Minneapolis, MN, Miami, FL, and Gainesville, FL. In the early 1980s Sharon became Director of OB/GYN at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA. While there she was an instrumental part of the team that delivered the nation’s first baby to be born as the result of in vitro fertilization. She served at Norfolk General until 1988, when she accepted the position of Director of Perinatal Nursing at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL. In 1995 Sharon received her Master of Science Degree in Health Service Administration from the College of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. Following her retirement Sharon resided in Tarpon Springs, FL, where she co-owned and operated the Spring Bayou Inn Bed & Breakfast. She greatly enjoyed her time running the B&B, and the many new friends she made. Having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Sharon eventually retired from operating the Inn, and moved to a condominium in Tampa. In 2005 she moved to Minnesota to be near family. Sharon served in numerous elected and appointed positions for several different professional associations over the years, and published more than 80 articles in professional journals. She was very accomplished at needlework, and created several award-winning works. She was an avid reader, and greatly enjoyed time spent with family, friends, and the many people she worked with over the years.
Sharon is survived by two brothers: Richard (Sharon L.) Birk of Canby, MN, and Joseph (Connie) Birk of Highland, NY; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, William “Bill” Birk.
Sharon A. Birk, 74, formerly of Monticello, died on Wednesday, September 14, at Sylvan Court in Canby, Minnesota.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Monticello, with Father Tony VanderLoop as Celebrant. Interment was in the church cemetery. Visitation took place from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the church.  
Sharon Anastasia Birk was born on July 4, 1937, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the eldest of four children born to Vincent “Bud” and Ethel (Baker) Birk. She attended country school District #124 and later Monticello High School, graduating with the class of 1955. She went on to attain her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Minnesota in 1960. Following college Sharon accepted the position of Assistant Head Nurse for Premature Labor and Delivery at Charles T. Miller Hospital in St. Paul. In 1965 Sharon graduated from the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine’s Flight Nurse Program. She went on to positions at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Ramsey Hospital, the University of Miami, the University of Florida, and the Nurses’ Association of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Chicago, IL. She served for many years as a Research Associate of W.N. Spellacy, M.D. in Minneapolis, MN, Miami, FL, and Gainesville, FL. In the early 1980s Sharon became Director of OB/GYN at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA. While there she was an instrumental part of the team that delivered the nation’s first baby to be born as the result of in vitro fertilization. She served at Norfolk General until 1988, when she accepted the position of Director of Perinatal Nursing at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL. In 1995 Sharon received her Master of Science Degree in Health Service Administration from the College of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. Following her retirement Sharon resided in Tarpon Springs, FL, where she co-owned and operated the Spring Bayou Inn Bed & Breakfast. She greatly enjoyed her time running the B&B, and the many new friends she made. Having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Sharon eventually retired from operating the Inn, and moved to a condominium in Tampa. In 2005 she moved to Minnesota to be near family. Sharon served in numerous elected and appointed positions for several different professional associations over the years, and published more than 80 articles in professional journals. She was very accomplished at needlework, and created several award-winning works. She was an avid reader, and greatly enjoyed time spent with family, friends, and the many people she worked with over the years.
Sharon is survived by two brothers: Richard (Sharon L.) Birk of Canby, MN, and Joseph (Connie) Birk of Highland, NY; and by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, William “Bill” Birk.
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