Jean M. Kircher

Jean M. Kircher (nee Payette), age 89, passed away peacefully on February 28, 2018. Born in Marinette the middle of five children, Jean nourished her family with love, generosity and wonderful cooking!

It was Jeanís shy and charming smile that attracted her late husband, Dick. They married in 1953, made their home in Brown Deer and had three sons: John (Linda), Steve (JoAnn) and the late Donald, as well as five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Jean is further survived by her brother Jerry of Green Bay, as well as many other nieces, nephews and friends.

She rejoins her two sisters and one brother.

During her working life, Jean was a longtime employee of the Woolworth Company and later, she enjoyed part-time work well into her 70s at Kmart in Oconomowoc.

Oh, how Jean loved each of the holidays! On those happy occasions, you would find Jean at community parades or preparing her well-known delicious recipes for all to enjoy! An avid gardener, Jean also enjoyed feeding the birds and tending her flowers; her favorite was roses.

In her later years, Jean was a resident of the Matthews Home of Pewaukee. The family wishes to acknowledge the tender loving care she received by the wonderful staff of the Memory Care Unit. Jean was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and mother-inlaw. Her family was the pride and joy of her life. The family has many terrific memories of her love and caring. Shine on, Jean!

Visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial were held Tuesday, March 6, at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 Silver Lake Road, Oconomowoc.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Oconomowoc Food Pantry, W359-N5848 Brown St., Suite B, Oconomowoc, WI 53066 (262-567-7054).

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm- Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 262-567-4459 or visit online at