Susanna Jane Kirchner

October 18, 1930 - October 7, 2020
Susanna Jane Kirchner

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On Oct. 7, 2020, Susanna Jane Kirchner, 89, of Wheeling, WV went to be with her Lord.

Susanna was born in Wheeling on Oct. 18, 1930, to the late John and Angela (Filip) Henning.

She married Joseph Kirchner and settled in Summit, NJ. Upon Joe’s death, she longed to return to her roots in Wheeling, so she moved home with her 6 children. She was a faithful member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.

Susanna attended St. Al’s School and St. Joseph’s Academy. She loved music, especially singing her favorite, Take me Home, Country Roads.   Some of her fondest memories were playing the piano, organ, and singing at Columbia Club, WWVA Radio Amateur Hour, and at various churches. The oldest of 9 children, she was a natural Mother. Having grown up during the Great Depression, she knew the importance of hard work. During the 40’s and 50’s, she worked with Joe Weithe at Center Wheeling Market, and G.C. Murphy. Later, she enjoyed helping at her brother’s store, Don’s Corner Market in Wheeling.

In addition to her parents, her husband Joseph preceded her in death; siblings Roger and Yvonne, and great-grandson Tyler.

She is survived by her children; John (Mary) Kirchner, Moundsville; Bruce Kirchner, Wheeling; Bryan (Lupe) Fayetteville, OH; Michelle (Jay) Montesano, Moundsville; Tim (Lisa) Kirchner, Dillonvale, OH and Dr. Loren (Mabel) Kirchner, Wooster, OH; siblings, Eleanor Poland, Donald (Roberta) Henning, Kathleen Whitehouse, Roxanne (Frank) Geleski, Joyce Henning, Richard (Joyce) Henning, 11 grandchildren, Lorrie (Matthew) Downs, Steve Kirchner, Julie (Noah) Rivera, Angela (Jeff) Morwatuage, John Montesano, Ian (Kaitlin) Kirchner, Ethan Kirchner, Erin (Drew) Goodspeed, Evan Kirchner, Jill Herncane, Cindy (Mark) Pollman; 11 great-grandchildren, Anna Downs, Josh Downs, Maddie Kirchner, Joe Kirchner, Louise Morwatuage, Lucille Morwatuage, Scarlett Kirchner, Josh (Lindsey) Herncane, Mikaela Herncane, Tyler Pollman, Logan Pollman; and 1 great-great-grandchild, Nell Herncane; a brother and sister-in-law; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorial Contributions may be made to,  Valley Hospice 10686 S.R.150 Rayland, OH  43943.

A Funeral Mass will be held Sat., Oct. 17, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Wheeling.
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Saturday, October 17, 2020
11:00 AM

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Wheeling, West Virginia 2600e

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  • October 15, 2020
    Jessica Sartain lit a candle:
    Lit since October 15, 2020 at 10:03:42 PM

  • October 16, 2020
    Anna Buffenmyer says:
    I was one of Susanna's Home health Aides who thoughly enjoyed her company each day as she reminisced about how she remembered the war ,her home town of Wheeling her parents and her children growing up all boys and one girl.We sang the song Almost Heaven West Virginia as it was her favorite song. God bless

  • October 16, 2020
    Diana Jewell says:
    "Nana" and I first met in 2010. We would chat about the old neighborhood and families that we both knew. She was a very classy lady and very kind to me. I will remember especially the breakfasts Bruce and I shared with her at the house after Sunday service at St Al's Church. Thoughts and prayers for all who loved her.