The vigil will be on Thursday, June 23 at 7 pm and a memorial mass will be held on Friday, June 24 at 10:30 am. Both services will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Church (2808 Lakeshore Avenue in Oakland). In lieu of flowers, please give to one of the following organizations that serve the Oakland community: Saint Mary's Center, Native American Health Center, Studio One Art Center, Camps in Common or the Mills College School of Nursing.
A second-generation Californian and matriarch of the Brekke family, Kathleen passed away peacefully in Oakland, CA on June 19, 2016. Kathleen continues to be cherished by her beloved husband John and a host of proud children, grandchildren and even a great-grandchild who will continue to hold up her memory. They are:
Robert and Lisa, Ingrid; Johanna and Steve, Jonas, Lara and John; Katrina and Paul, Lukas and Karina, Sean; Daniel and Bonnie, Jonathan (deceased), Ryan, McKayla, Keenan; Ann and David, Matthew and Sheila, Andrew, Kathleen, Brendan and granddaughter Aylie; Kristofer and Amy, Isabel, Grace; Shawna and Don, Nicholas, Dillon; Regina and Encarnacion, Maciej, Kasia.
Kathleen grew up in Sonoma County as one of 13 children born to Robert and Rena McKay. She became a Registered Nurse at Providence Hospital in Oakland and later served as an RN in the Army during World War II.
It was during her military service that Kathleen met John Brekke on a blind date that wasn’t intended for her. She saw a tall handsome man across the room and decided then and there that John would be her husband. And so it was. Kathleen and John would marry, build a house, and own and operate Brekke’s Cafeteria in East Oakland for 22 years. She was a compassionate supporter of the underdog and passed on to her children and grandchildren a strong belief in family, community, and justice.
Even the most beautiful journeys must come to an end and as Kathleen transitions to ancestor, her family carries forward her legacy, love and light.