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Patricia Dawn (Flack) Sorensen

PatriciaSorensen OnlinePatricia Dawn (Flack) Sorensen passed away August 10 at her home in Cupertino, California.
Born July 5, 1925 in Gooding, Idaho to Erma and Wayne Flack, Patricia followed her parents to San Bruno, California upon graduating from high school. She earned her AA degree at College of San Mateo, where she played the clarinet in the marching band and met Norman, her husband of 57 years. 

Patricia is survived by her daughter Kathleen of Davis, California, sons Theodore and Gerald of Los Altos, daughters-in-law, Susan (Ted) and Ann (Jerry), grandchildren Maya, Tiffany, Travis, Matthew, Marian, Alexander, Adam, and Jonathan, five great grandchildren, her brother Wayne Flack, sister-in-law Sharon, and ten nieces and nephews. Patricia was preceded in death by her husband Norman, parents Erma and Wayne, and sister and brother-in-law Parma and George Proctor.

Patricia was a DOER! She lived life to the fullest and on her own terms. She was a ball of energy until the very end of her life.

She was an entrepreneur who in her thirties, with Norm, opened a dress shop (Patty Dee’s), and babysitter agency (Acme Sitters). Throughout her life she had a passion for real estate.  She and Norm built and remodeled many single-family homes on the mid-peninsula and built multi-unit residential complexes.  Her pride and joy was the ski house she and Norm designed and built at Northstar. 

Pat was active in Republican politics.  She served as President of the Republican Women’s Club of Santa Clara County and worked as a precinct chair for many state and local elections.

In her late forties, Pat took up snow skiing and climbed Mount Whitney twice. In her fifties she water-skied in the North Sea off the coast of Denmark. In her sixties she and Norm re-roofed their home in Palo Alto. In her seventies Pat and Norm travelled extensively throughout Europe and across the United States and enjoyed many cruises. Also, in her 70’s she studied computers and taught fellow seniors how to use them. In her eighties, after Norm’s passing, she travelled with her grandchildren, enjoyed ocean cruises with friends, and started Sarah Porter Cosmetics. In her eighties and nineties, Pat enjoyed the Flack family reunions. She treated each one as an adventure, participating in river floats, horseback riding, and Class III river raft trips, and sharing love, laughter, and wine with her children, nieces and nephews, and their children. Her last big trip was to New York City for a grand niece’s wedding, where at the age of 94, she visited Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, took in a Broadway play, and walked to and over the Brooklyn Bridge.

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