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Obituary: Justine M. Kirchner

Justine-KirchnerJustine M. Kirchner

July 1949 – August 2013


Justine Kirchner, of Mariposa, passed away at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. Justine was born in Merced, CA. to Glen and Irene Gordo of Cathey’s Valley. She attended school in Cathey’s Valley and graduated from Mariposa High School and Merced College with an Associate Degree. In 1977 she met, and in the spring of 1978 she married the love of her life, Bob Kirchner.

Justine and Bob shared their home with over 200 foster children over many years. She also worked for 26 years as a bookkeeper/accountant in Merced and later with Yosemite area motels. Justine and Bob thoroughly enjoyed their 35 years of marriage together. She enjoyed time spent with friends, sports and travel, and especially their family and extended family of friends. She was gifted in floral arranging and operated a gift/floral shop for many years in Mariposa and Atwater. Justine was enormously generous and loved to surprise people with gifts.

Justine is survived by her husband Bob of Mariposa, daughter Carrie (James) Russell of Turlock, son Robert II (Chale’) Kirchner of Turlock, and son Henry Martinez of Turlock.  Sisters: Rowene Hood, Darlene (John) Irwin, Jolene Gordo, Karene Lane and Debbie Patterson, 7 grandchildren- Aiden, Amanda, Austin, Brianna, Grayden, Jenna and Robert. Also, Aunt Betty of Mariposa, many cousins, nieces, nephews, her very special Sister- Cheryl (Alan) and many, many friends.

A Mass to honor Justine is scheduled for Saturday, August 24th at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mariposa. A gathering in the Parish Hall will follow the mass.

Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, are encouraged for the “Justine’s Angels” Fund, C/O - P. O. Box 1947, Mariposa, Ca. 95338 or the St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild, C/O St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Mariposa, Ca.


 
Donations given to “Justine’s Angels”, has been established to assist families of Central California, who have lost a child up through age 12 and can not otherwise afford simple funeral services or other basic costs associated with the death of a child. Working with Allen Mortuary of Turlock (www.allenmortuary.com), the Fund allows the child and family, simple but dignified funeral services at the time of their loss.

 

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Mariposa for today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 50. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
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The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors have provided a response to the Grand Jury Investigative Report of the Human Services Department. Are you satisfied with their response?
No, I am not satisfied with their response - 84.2%
Not sure I am satisfied with their response - 2.6%
Yes, I am satisfied with their response - 13.2%

Total votes: 38
The voting for this poll has ended on: 12 Apr 2014 - 00:00

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The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors have approved a permit for a Medical Marijuana Collective. Should Mariposa County also allow a permit for a Medical Marijuana Collective?
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Yes, Mariposa County should allow a permit - 62%

Total votes: 50
The voting for this poll has ended on: 11 Apr 2014 - 00:00

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