Heather Marie Hobkirk, an 18-year-old Brentwood resident who attended Roosevelt Elementary School, Lincoln Middle School and Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, passed away suddenly Thursday morning, June 21st, after a severe epileptic seizure, according to her family.
She was the daughter of Carl William and Christina Giancola Hobkirk. Her father is an assistant principal at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica.
When her epilepsy emerged during her junior year at Santa Monica High School, she transferred to a community day school associated with UCLA Medical Center and was to have graduated with her class on the day she died.
Santa Monica High School, however, awarded Hobkirk a diploma posthumously.
Hobkirk was born on October 1st, 1988 at Santa Monica Hospital. A lifelong resident of Santa Monica and Brentwood, Hobkirk received her first holy communion at St. Monica Catholic Church with Monsignor Lloyd Torgeson, who will lead her services.
She attended St. Clements Catholic Church and Brentwood Presbyterian Church, where the family now attends regular services. Hobkirk was strong in her faith and enjoyed her participation in Brentwood Presbyterian youth groups, along with her brother and sisters, her family said.
In April she was able to participate in her second trip with the church to build homes for impoverished families in Tijuana. This trip was led by Roche Vermaak, a pastor at Brentwood Presbyterian Church, who will co-lead services for Hobkirk.
Hobkirk loved to sing and was a member of Lincoln, Santa Monica High and Brentwood Presbyterian choirs. She also loved to write poetry and draw.
She was a member of the Girl Scouts and recently received the Gold Award, the highest rank in Girl Scouting. The award required a community service project, and Hobkirk chose to build a “magic tree house” for the classroom of her second-grade Roosevelt teacher, Leslie Talt.
Hobkirk played volleyball in the City of Santa Monica’s sports programs and also participated in Rosie’s Girls, a popular summer program that develops confidence, leadership, and life skills for middle school girls. She was looking forward to participating in the Rosie’s Girls emeritus program. In addition to all of these activities, Hobkirk attended the National Epilepsy Foundation’s summer camp at Lake Arrowhead for the past two summers and was looking forward to attending this summer. She was particularly proud when she returned to Santa Monica High School in May to attend her senior prom, her family said.
Hobkirk is survived by her mother and father, her brother Kyle, 17, and sisters Katie, 12, and Erin, nine.
A memorialÝmass is scheduled at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 6th, at Saint Monica Catholic Community, 725 California Ave., Santa Monica.
A reception and luncheon will follow immediatelyÝafter the service at Lincoln Middle School, 1501 California Ave., Santa Monica. Parking will be availableÝat Lincoln on the basketball courts.
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District yellow school buses willÝrelay guests from the school to the churchÝstarting atÝ9:45 a.m. These same buses will also relay guests back to the school after the service.
In lieu of flowers, the “Heather Hobkirk Memorial Fund”Ýhas beenÝestablished at First Federal Bank. Gifts will be used toÝsupport the family and to set up scholarships in Heather’s name for The National Epilepsy Foundation Summer Camp Fund and the Brentwood Presbyterian Church Senior High Mexico Work Trip for families living in the poblaciones of Tijuana.
Information on the memorial funds, First Federal Bank, 1630 Montana Ave., Santa Monica 90403, attention: Rory. (310) 829-4477.