Christine Kircher

Christine Priscilla Kircher, 52, of Robins, Iowa, passed away peacefully Feb. 1, 2013, in her home surrounded by her loving family and beloved pets following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. A visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home, Cedar Rapids. Funeral services were held at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Chris was born June 26, 1960, in West Bend, the daughter of Albert and Winifred (Conrad) Rettler. Christine graduated from West Bend West High School in 1978. She also graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1982. On Sept. 4, 1982, she married James A. Kircher in West Bend. James and Christine lived in Wisconsin where they started their family before moving to Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1998. From 2000-2012, Chris worked for the Linn Mar School District and was most recently the Student Administrative Manager at Echo Hill Elementary School in Marion, Iowa.

Chris is survived by her family including husband, James; children, Jacob, Benjamin and Anna; her mother, Winnifred Rettler; sister Patricia (Rettler) Spaeth and brother- in-law James Spaeth; brother James Rettler; mother-in-law Betty Kircher; and sister-in-law and brother-inlaw Barbara (Kircher) Flouro and Kenneth Flouro as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and other family members. Chris was preceded in death by her father Albert Rettler and father-in-law Robert Kircher.

Chris will be greatly missed by her family, friends, coworkers and students. Chris had a special place in her heart for the students she worked with during her 12 years in the Linn Mar School District. Everyone will truly miss her loving, giving and outgoing personality.

Chris and her family also want to give a special thank you to her extended family of caregivers at Mercy Hospice, Hall-Perrine Cancer Center and Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. The personal and professional care as well as close friendships established throughout her journey were very important to Chris and her family.

A memorial fund has been established in Chrisís name at Community Savings Bank in Robins, Iowa.