Mardell A. Kirchhoff

Mardell A. Kirchhoff, 84, of Tripoli, died Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.

Funeral Services will be held at Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Marilyn J Sargent officiating. Interment will follow at the Faith United Church of Christ Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, September 10th, at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and one hour preceding the service at the church on Tuesday. Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation. 

Mardell Ann, daughter of Henry and Minnie (Pries) Meswarb, was born August 20, 1934, on the family farm in rural Bremer County, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Tripoli (now known as Faith United Church of Christ). Mardell received her education in the Tripoli Schools and graduated from Tripoli High School in 1952. She worked at Crittenden Produce and Frese’s Variety Produce for several years. On September 20, 1953, she was united in marriage with Dennis Kirchhoff at St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed Church. To this union, four children were born, Judy, Mike, Kraig, and Kristi. The family made their home on the family farm, rural Tripoli. In 2012, Mardell and Dennis moved to Mallard Point in Cedar Falls. Following Dennis’ death on May 12, 2015, Mardell remained living at Mallard Point prior to moving to Rosewood Estate in Waterloo recently. She was a lifelong member of Faith United Church of Christ where she was active in the Women’s Fellowship and served on the funeral lunch committee. Mardell enjoyed ceramics, quilting, baking, bowling (was a member of a local bowling team), sitting with friends at the gazebo, cards, painting and puzzles. Mardell and Dennis participated in the Tripoli Variety Show for many years, to which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Mardell is survived by her four children, Judy (Ruben) Muniz of Waterloo, Mike (Sue) Kirchhoff of Sumner, Kraig (Lisa) Kirchhoff of Independence, and Kristi (Rick) Foelske of Tripoli; ten grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; sister, Lois Rosenthal of Duluth, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Darlys Meswarb; and brother-in-law, Vernon Kirchhoff of Cedar Falls.

In addition to her parents, and husband, Dennis, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marlys Leisinger; brother, Virgil Meswarb; two brothers-in-law, Doug Rosenthal and Harold Leisinger; and sister-in-law, Verona Kirchhoff.


Ronny and Wanda Heidemann on September 11, 2018 at 8:54 AM said:

Our Prayers are with your family at this time. Mardell was a beautiful Child of God, so kind and always a smile. I would like to share this David Harkin's qoute "You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all she's left. Your heart can be empty because you can't see her, or you can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her only that she is gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back. Or you can do what she'd want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”
Bill and Judy Imes on September 10, 2018 at 5:53 PM said:

Mardell was a special lady. Always helpful. Loved her family. Coped with Dennis. Love to all who mourn her passing.5JxLP6
Kim and Kathie Diemer on September 8, 2018 at 11:44 AM said:

So sorry for your loss ....
Marilyn Demaray on September 8, 2018 at 5:08 AM said:

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. May GOD bless those who mourn.
Stacey Snyder on September 7, 2018 at 7:37 PM said:

What a beautiful soul! Embrace all the sweet memories and treasure them forever. Blessings to each of you as you continue life’s journey without her
Rita Fink Reusche on September 7, 2018 at 2:35 PM said:

My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.
Janet and Cliff Joens on September 7, 2018 at 1:18 PM said:

Mardell was a person who had a wonderful philosophy of life; a loving and devoted wife and mother. We will miss her smile and her ability to go where life led her. She lived her life gracefully and graciously. She will be sorely missed by her family, friends and neighbors. Godspeed Mardell! Janet and Cliff Joens
Geri Kelsey Salisbury on September 7, 2018 at 11:59 AM said:

My sincere sympathy for all of Mardell's family. Your mom was a beautiful person and such a hard worker. My step mom Luella Kelsey worked with her at many church events. She will be greatly missed.
Sue Schwarze on September 7, 2018 at 10:54 AM said:

My sympathy to Mardell’s Family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. AN6MVW
Glenyce Bolte on September 7, 2018 at 10:39 AM said:

Judy, Mike, Kraig and Kristi, I am so sorry to hear this. I will certainly miss our phone conversations. I am so glad I got to visit with her in church a couple months ago. We ate brunch together and had a good visit with lots of catching up to do! Don't think I will be able to come to the funeral but know that I am certainly thinking of you all. A classmate of '52. Glenyce
Betty Snyder on September 7, 2018 at 9:52 AM said:

Markell was our neighbor when I grew up. My Dad was on the neighbor threshing crew. Henry her dad had the thrresher machine. Anyway, I thought Markell was so later years when told
her she just laughed. My sympathy. Betty Snyder
Mark Gronemeyer on September 7, 2018 at 8:29 AM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kim Chapin DiGangi and Angelo DiGangi on September 7, 2018 at 8:26 AM said:

Prayers and love to the family and condolences on your loss. Mardell is missed.
Garnetta Snyder on September 7, 2018 at 8:09 AM said:

My thoughts and prayers
Roger & Beth Goudschaal on September 7, 2018 at 7:22 AM said:

To all of Mardell’s Family....we are so sorry for your loss. Mardell was one of the sweetest souls to ever walk this earth and we will miss her smile and her joyful spirit. It is our belief that she and Dennis are enjoying a wonderful reunion??
Dean and Brenda Shinstine on September 7, 2018 at 6:45 AM said:

Sorry to hear this, we loved your mom and dad so.much. They seemed to light up a room every place they went. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Brad & Kim Bunce on September 6, 2018 at 8:02 PM said:

We have so many great memories of your mother and father from 4H, church, and gatherings. Mardell was loved by many. Our deepest sympathies to your family.

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