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Mary "Ann" Kircher

December 11, 1925 April 1, 2013
Mary "Ann" Kircher
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Peoria – Mary “Ann” Ostrander Kircher, 87, of Peoria, died on Monday, April 1, 2013, in Kansas City, MO. Ann was born on December 11, 1925, in Galesburg, to Harry R. and Margaret A. (King) Ostrander. Ann married the love of her life, William “Bill” C. Kircher of Peoria, on July 21, 1951 in Galesburg. Five sons and one daughter were born of the marriage. In addition to her parents, Ann was preceded in death by her husband; sister, Ann Marie Ostrander; and brother, John (Pat) Ostrander. Ann was a proud mother and grandmother. She is survived by her sons, Tim (Karen) Kircher of Bartonville, Bill (Debra) Kircher of Kansas City, MO, Kelly Kircher of Oak Park, IL, Tom (Kathy) Kircher of Lenexa, KS, and Mickey (Eileen) Kircher of Irmo, SC; her daughter, Molly (Alan) Wise of Bloomington, IN; her grandchildren, Jenny (Drew) Margolin, Meghan, Kelly and Patrick Kircher, Callie, Madison and Sarah Wise, and Ava Kircher; two step-grandchildren, Chad Campbell and Seth Hagan; and one great-grandchild, Madison Margolin. She is also survived by her sister, Margaret (Ostrander) Larkin of Waukee, IA; sister-in-law, Kathryn (Burke) Ostrander of Galesburg; and several loving nieces and nephews. Ann graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Galesburg. Upon marrying her husband, they settled in Peoria, where Ann lived until September 2009 when she moved to Oak Park, IL. In September of 2010, she moved to Lenexa, KS to live with her son, Tom, and daughter-in-law, Kathy. Ann worked as office manager for Mutual Benefit Life in Peoria for many years before retiring. Known by many in the Peoria community as “Mrs. K,” her home was a magnet for her children’s friends. She always made sure there was plenty of food and fun to keep the “kids” entertained and out of trouble. Parents knew their children were safe in Ann’s care. Ann rarely missed any of her children’s sporting events. She was a fixture at football games, making her presence known with a loud cow-bell that signaled to her boys and their teammates that she was among the crowd. A diminutive woman, Ann made up for her lack of height, with a huge heart and a keen sense of humor. Ann was a member of Peoria’s Holy Family Catholic Church; and after moving to Kansas, regularly attended Masses at Christ the King Catholic Church in Kansas City, MO, and at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Lenexa, KS. Ann was proud of her Irish heritage and thoroughly enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day Parades and celebrations with family and friends. Ann was an ardent sports fan and loved to tell about Cubs, Bears, and Fighting Irish games she had attended. The family wishes to thank the community and Ann’s many friends for embracing their highly spirited and loving Irish Annie. The family finds comfort knowing their mother’s Irish eyes are smiling upon her friends and loved ones. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, April 5, 2013, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 3720 N. Sterling Ave., Peoria. Franciscan Friars will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary with recitation of the Rosary at 4:45 p.m. An additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the Mass at the church. Interment will follow the Mass at Resurrection Cemetery. The family invites friends and family to attend a luncheon following interment. Memorials may be made in Ann’s memory to Holy Family Catholic Church, Peoria or to the National Alzheimer’s Association. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.

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