Obituary: Carol Kirchmer

SEDGWICK—Carol Ann Froese Kirchmer died peacefully on Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Wichita, at the age of 76.

Carol is survived by her husband, Donald Kirchmer of Sedgwick; children, Kimberly Kirchmer (Jack Dinsdale) of Bakersfield, Calif., and Jason Kirchmer (Kim) of Wichita; grandchildren, Kayleigh, Kenna, Jackson, Aiden and Bailey; siblings, Art Froese of SLO, Calif., Nancy Enns of Shafter, Calif., and Donna Froese of Wichita; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Helen Froese and sister, Grace Gehle.

Carol was born on Sept. 7, 1941, in Shafter, Calif. She graduated from Bethel College in North Newton with a bachelor of arts in English. She married Don, whom she met while attending Bethel, in 1964. After moving to Dodge City, Carol began teaching middle school English in Ensign, Kan., later continuing to teach in Dodge City. The couple welcomed Kimberly and Jason into their loving home. Carol’s children remember her as a loving and patient mother and grandmother who encouraged them to embrace life and pursue their goals.

Carol was an accomplished pianist/organist who shared her gift with many in performance, instruction and celebration. She was a generous individual who loved her family and her God above all and who was passionate about educating children. She was an active and dedicated member of the Salem United Methodist Church where she played the organ each Sunday for many years. Carol was the president of AAUW KS, and the Treasurer of ABW.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at Salem United Methodist Church in Newton. A reception luncheon will follow the graveside service. Pastor Ron Kite will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Carol’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Kirchmer Grandchildren Educational Fund, and contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.

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Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.