CUMBERLAND — Jean Elizabeth Kirsch, 94, of Cumberland, died on Monday, May 13, 2013, at home.
Born Oct. 22, 1918, in Pittsburgh, Pa., Mrs. Kirsch was the daughter of the late James P. Collins and Frances H. (Henderson) Collins. In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Richard William Kirsch; her brother, James E. Collins; her sister-in-law, June Collins and her nephew, John J. Collins.
Jean came to Cumberland in 1944, when her husband was transferred here as a Chemical Engineer for Celanese. Jean joined First Baptist Church over 65 years ago and the Woman's Civic Club shortly after. She served on the Board for the Woman's Civic Club as House Chairwoman and on the Board for the Allegany County Historical Society as Parliamentarian. After serving on a Red Cross Disaster Team in 1964, which assisted in a search for a downed military aircraft, Jean continued to maintain a correspondence with the widow of the B-52 co-pilot. She worked and socialized with other members of the Shrine Drum & Bugle Corps, as well as the Sheiks and Sheilas.
In her younger days, Jean enjoyed sailing with her husband on Deep Creek Lake. They had a great time dancing together, especially the polka. Jean and Richard lived in Mexico and Brazil while Richard was with Celanese. On Richard's retirement, they enjoyed travel across America. They journeyed through Austria, Bavaria, the Rhineland, England, and on to Scotland, where she visited the childhood home of her maternal grandfather in Stowe. Jean decorated her home with mementos of her travels and even created a few original oil paintings. She also made ceramics with the Civic Club ceramic group. More recently, Jean could be found appreciating the music of Johnny Moore and Tom Skidmore. Above all, Jean treasured her granddaughter and great-grandchildren while she reflected God's love for her.
Survivors include her son, Richard W. Kirsch; daughter, Karyl (Kirsch) Hansen; granddaughter, Hilary G. Hansen; great-granddaughter, Claire E. Joyce and great-grandson, J. M. Samuel Joyce. Jean's nephew, Ronald D. Collins, also survives.
Friends will be received at the Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur St., Cumberland, (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com) on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 10 to 11 a.m.
A memorial service will be conducted in the funeral home on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Tim Turner officiating.
Interment will be in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pa., at a later date.
The family requests that memorial donations may be given to either the First Baptist Church, 212 Bedford St., Cumberland, MD 21502 or the Ali Ghan Shrine Transportation Fund or the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, c/o Ali Ghan Temple, Post Office Box 1416, Cumberland, MD 21501-1416.