Thelma B. Kirch - 8/30/2017

Thelma B. Kirch-8/30/2017

PORT LEYDEN Ė Thelma B. Kirch, 82, a longtime resident of Lincoln Street, Port Leyden, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at Albany Medical Center, after a brief illness. Thelma was predeceased by her husband Richard J. Kirch, parents Martin and Luella Sullivan Beck, sister Mary and brother Martin. She is survived by her sons, Charles (Pam) Kirch, Cazenovia; Martin (Charlene Johnson) Kirch, Port Leyden, Patrick (Christine) Kirch, Leeds; daughters Michele and Laura Kirch, Albany; grandchildren Amanda (Andrew) Ozanich, Nate (Christine) Kirch, Emily and Erik Kirch; and great-grandchildren Tatiana, Danyele and Kiara Kirch and Sophia and John Ozanich. Thelma was born in Lyonsdale and attended the Lyonsdale Rural School. She graduated from Port Leyden High School with the class of 1953. She attended Austinís School of Beauty in Albany, NY, receiving a degree in cosmetology. After graduation, she was employed in a beauty salon in Utica, NY. She married her husband, Richard, on August 16, 1958, and devoted herself to raising their five children. Although she stopped working in a salon, she still ďkept her hand inĒ by providing services to her friends and family. First and foremost, she greatly loved her family and spending time with them and friends. She enjoyed camping, particularly at Golden Beach State Park, Raquette Lake, and travelling. Upon her husbandís retirement in 1988, she spent many years being a snowbird. Initially, she drove their truck/travel trailer cross-country to Prescott, AZ. In later years, she spent winters at Dogwood Park in Bushnell, FL. She was an avid collector, and seldom passed a garage sale that didnít call her name. She greatly enjoyed playing cards, although thought the object of Hearts was to give her husband the Queen, regardless of who was low. A prayer was held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9 a.m. at the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., 143 Schuyler Street, Boonville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Martinís Church, Port Leyden. Interment followed at St. Stephenís Cemetery, Croghan. Visitation was Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. The family would like memorial contributions to be made to the American Heart Association. For an online message of sympathy, or to share a memory of Thelma, please go to