Lovetta J. "Sue" Kirchner
SUE KIRCHNER JERSEYVILLE — Lovetta J. "Sue" Kirchner, 88, died at 10:40 p.m., Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the Jerseyville Manor Nursing Home. She was born in Greene County on Jan. 10, 1928, one of five children born to Robert Lee and Sylvia (Long) Young. Sue graduated from Greenfield High School, and soon began working at the International Shoe Factory in Jerseyville. She later went on to work at Owens-Illinois in Alton for a period of time. She was a lady of class and dignity, and some of her happiest memories of her working years, were spent as a model for Pauline's Apparel in Alton. Speaking of fashion, Sue never shied away from a good shopping trip, and especially enjoyed the many trips she spent with her granddaughters, spoiling them as much as she could, as long as they didn't tell Grandpa. Sue was a dedicated and loving wife and mother, and made sure that her son Billy Ray grew up knowing how much he was loved. Her caring and loving ways continued throughout her life whether she was baking cookies with Tiffany and Marissa, or working alongside both her husband and son on the family farm. Wherever Sue was, she made it a much happier place. She married Harold L. Kirchner on Oct. 14, 1950, at the First Baptist Church in Jerseyville, and together they shared nearly 66 years together, and only 6 weeks apart, after his death on May 19, 2016. Surviving are her son, Billy Ray Kirchner of Jerseyville; two granddaughters, Tiffany Annette Kirchner and Marissa Leigh Kirchner, both of St. Louis, Missouri; a daughter-in-law, Jami Kirchner of Jerseyville; a sister, Vera Tribble of Unionville, Missouri; and a brother and sister-in-law, Ornan "Buzz" and Betty Young of Kane. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Leancle and Hazel Young and Earnest "Jim" and Marge Young; and a brother-in-law, Gary Tribble. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. Friday, July 1, until time of funeral services at 6 p.m., at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, with the Rev. David Prosser officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Noble Cemetery in Otterville. Memorials may be given to the Otterville Southern Baptist Church, where she was a longtime loyal and faithful member.
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