Kathryn Kirchner, 80, Torrington

A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated for KATHRYN KIRCHNER, 80, on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:00am at the St. Rose Catholic Church with Rev. Father Ray Moss officiating. A Wake/Rosary service will be held on Wednesday evening at 7pm at the Colyer Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Rollie Raboin officiating. Kathryn died on Sunday, August 11 at the Goshen Care Center. Visitation hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, August 14th from 2pm 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, Wyoming 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, Nebraska 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 Wyoming until 1970 when they moved to Pueblo, Colorado 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 life time she worked at Wigwam Bakery, Torrington sales 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, CO; Michael William (Sally) Kirchner of Torrington, and Kent Alan (Paula) Kirchner of Pueblo, CO; 9 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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