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Kathryn Kirchner

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 14th, 2013


May 2, 1933-Aug. 15, 2013

TORRINGTON – A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated for Kathryn Kirchner, 80, on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the St. Rose Catholic Church with Rev. Father Ray Moss officiating.

A wake/rosary service will be held on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Colyer Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Rollie Raboin officiating. Kathryn died on Sunday, Aug. 11 at the Goshen Care Center. Visitation hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 2 p.m. thru the rosary.

The casket will be closed at the funeral Mass. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home, and friends are invited to send condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com.

Kathryn was born on May 2, 1933 in Torrington, the daughter of Joe and Leona (Rooney) McManaman. She grew up on a ranch north of Torrington, where she attended the Burge Country School. She went on to attend high school at St. Agnes Academy in Alliance, Neb., where she graduated in 1951.

Kathryn married Robert Lee “Buck” Kirchner on June 3, 1952, and the couple made their home in Yoder and Torrington until 1970 when they moved to Pueblo, Colo., where Buck was employed with C F & I mines.

They lived in Colorado until Buck’s death in 1987 and, in 1988, Kathryn returned to Torrington. During her lifetime, she worked at Wigwam Bakery, Torrington sale barns, Colorado sale barns and at Goddard Stores (Ben Franklin).

Kathryn loved time with family and friends, and her home was always open to all who “dropped by.” She enjoyed playing cards, singing and yard work.

In the spring of 2003, during a trip to Arizona, Kathryn suffered a stroke, which changed her life dramatically. It took most of her speech and mobility – but never her spirit. She worked hard and, with a lot of help from everyone, especially daughter-in-law Sally, Kathryn found a new way of life – still inspiring those around her.

In 2011, she began yet another life change when she moved into the Goshen Care Center, where her health continued to decline but she continued to amaze everyone by her “bouncing back” character. But, finally, her race was “run and won,” and she rests in the arms of the Jesus she loved so much.

She is survived by her daughter, Anna Marie Eaton of Torrington; three sons and daughters-in-law, James Lee (Jan) Kirchner of Pueblo, Michael William (Sally) Kirchner of Torrington, and Kent Alan (Paula) Kirchner of Pueblo; nine grandchildren; several great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; a brother, Leo McManaman and a sister, Martina McManaman. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a son-in-law, David Eaton.

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