Frances J. Kirchhoff

Frances J. “Fran” Kirchhoff, 89, of Shell Rock and formerly of Tripoli, died at the Shell Rock Healthcare Center on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli on Friday, February 3, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Marilyn Sargent officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 2nd at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour preceding services at the church on Friday.  Inurnment will be at the church cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made in her name to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Frances J., daughter of John and Eva (Sertick) Ures was born March 30, 1927, in Sacramento, California. She was baptized in the Catholic Faith in Sacramento and received her education in the Redding School Systems, graduating from Shasta Union High School in May of 1946. Following graduation Fran worked at Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company in Redding, California. On January 11, 1953, she was united in marriage with Daniel Kirchhoff in Redding, California. The couple lived in Redding for one year before moving to their farm of rural Tripoli in 1954. On May 31, 1954, Fran was confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed Church (now known as Faith United Church of Christ) in Tripoli. The couple worked alongside each other on the farm where Fran was very active for over forty years before retiring in 1993. Following Daniel’s death, Fran remained on the farm until moving to the Shell Rock Healthcare Center in 2014. She enjoyed socializing with the employees and residents during her time there. Fran was a long time member of Faith United Church of Christ where she was very active in the Women’s Fellowship and helped on the lunch committee. She was also a volunteer for the library and Tripoli Nursing & Rehab. Fran enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, going for walks, gardening, playing cards especially Schafkopf, but most especially Fran enjoyed spending time with her family and going to her grandchildren’s activities.

Fran is survived by her two children, David (Ruth) Kirchhoff of Tripoli and Pam (Mark) Condon of Windsor Heights; six grandchildren, Adam (Ashley) Kirchhoff of Austin, Minnesota, Krystal (Clayton) Liebau of Waverly, Lauren Condon of West Des Moines, Emily Condon of Ames, Bailey Kirchhoff of Tripoli and Julia Condon of Windsor Heights; five great-grandchildren, Nova Liebau, Kinley Kirchhoff, Gemma Kirchhoff, Benson Liebau, and Oliver Kirchhoff; and one brother Jack (Joan) Ures of Redding, California.

In addition to her parents and husband, Daniel, she was preceded in death by eight siblings, Mike, Louie, Nick, Steve, Joe, Rose, Mary and Tootie.


Linda Thomas on February 2, 2017 at 10:03 AM said:

Aunt Fran had such grace, grit and a warm heart! My thoughts and prayers go out to you, Pam and Dave, for the loss of your Mom.
Denise Stowman on February 1, 2017 at 6:03 PM said:

I enjoyed spending time with Fran at the Shell Rock nursing home while my father was there last summer into fall. We did art projects together and you may have seen the sun catchers on her window. My condolences to her family.
John & Darla Ures on February 1, 2017 at 7:43 AM said:

Dave, Ruth and Pam,
Our deepest condolences to you upon the passing of your Mom. May your many memories of Fran help to sustain you at this most difficult time.
Marlene Ostby on February 1, 2017 at 5:16 AM said:

Sorry to hear of your loss-our prayers are with you and your family during this time. She was a special lady!
Kristina Ladage on January 31, 2017 at 10:56 AM said:

My thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this time. Fran was an awesome lady and she will be missed by many.
Mardell Kirchhoff on January 31, 2017 at 7:01 AM said:

I am sad to see your Mother go. We had such good times together, birthday coffees and breakfasts, sitting in the gazebo on warm summer nights until the sun went down and talking on the phone every day. She will be missed. MK
Brad & Kim Bunce family on January 31, 2017 at 6:53 AM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
Jo Lenox on January 30, 2017 at 6:44 PM said:

Francka was my friend, I was blessed to become very close to her for a short time so I praise the Lord for His ultimate, all-knowing wisdom for placing her near. I will miss her but I rejoice with many tears that she has found her joy! Definately a true sweetheart. Please give my dear mother a hug. Love always Fran!
Rhonda Kuecker on January 30, 2017 at 6:31 PM said:

Dave and Ruth and Pam, so sorry to hear of Fran's passing. I will always remember her wit and humor when I saw her at Shell Rock. Such a sweet lady
Katelyn Lipovac on January 30, 2017 at 6:22 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! What a special lady! ??
Randy & Neysa Rinkenberger on January 30, 2017 at 2:08 PM said:

Dave and Ruth and family. Our deepest sympathy to you and all of your family. Fran was a neat lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lianne & Monica
Carma Bouska on January 30, 2017 at 7:18 AM said:

Deepest Sympathy to the Kirchhoff family. Fran was a special lady and will be missed by many. May she RIP and May God Bless You
Stacey Snyder on January 30, 2017 at 4:44 AM said:

What a special lady! Such a supportive person and she will be long remembered in our community. Thinking of all of you in the Kirchhoff family and trusting you may rely on a copious amount of amazing memories to see you through this time of transition.
Donna Donovan on January 29, 2017 at 7:56 PM said:

Our Deepest Sympathy! It was an honor taking care of this beautiful Lady. We will greatly miss her! Rest in Peace, Fran. Give my Momma a hug for me when you see her.
Denise Haupt on January 29, 2017 at 7:17 PM said:

Prayers to you all! Fran was a very special lady, I had many nice visits with her when she shopped at Schemmel's Family Foods!
Rollie & Deb Ott on January 29, 2017 at 7:15 PM said:

She will be missed by many. Thinking of the entire Kirchhoff family. God bless and may she Rest In Peace.

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