Dianne Kirsch, age 77, a lifelong resident of Quincy until last year, died on Thursday, December 6, in Atlanta, Georgia.
She was born on August 9, 1941, the daughter of Max and Zelda Chanen. She graduated from Quincy High School in 1959, and maintained the friendship and respect of her classmates throughout her life, serving on the committee to plan every class reunion.
Dianne met the love of her life, Myron Kirsch, on a blind date at Union Station in St. Louis, and the couple celebrated the 60th anniversary of that event last month. They were married at Temple B’nai Sholom in Quincy in 100 degree weather on August 28, 1960.
Dianne was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to so many. She took great pleasure in raising her three sons, and was active as PTA president at Madison School, PSTO president at Quincy High, den mother, and as a member of various nonprofit boards. Dianne was a lifelong member of Temple B’nai Sholom, where she served as board secretary and bulletin editor for many decades, sisterhood president, and many other roles. Dianne loved spending time with her grandchildren, hosting them at Camp Kirsch during the summers. Dianne was a warm, caring, and extremely capable person who so many people depended on, and she will be missed by all who were fortunate to have known her.
Survivors include her husband Myron of Atlanta and formerly of Quincy; sons Jeffrey Kirsch of Conway, Arkansas, Michael Kirsch and his wife Ilana of South Bend, Indiana, and Gregory Kirsch and his wife Lanie of Atlanta, Georgia; seven grandchildren— Aaron, Amanda, Arielle, Asher, Eden, Eli, and Max; brother Fred Chanen of Quincy; brother-in-law Wolff Kirsch and his wife Marie-Claire of Redlands, California; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her parents-in-law David and Ethel Kirsch of St. Louis, who treated her like their own daughter; her sister-in-law Carole Chanen of Quincy; and her brother-in-law Morton Kirsch of St. Louis.
Dianne loved Quincy, and although health issues necessitated her move away last year, her heart was always here.
Services: 2:00 pm on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with the Rabbi Alvin Sugarman officiating.
Burial: Valley of Peace Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois
Visitation: 1:00 to 2:00 pm on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
Donations: Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org)
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.