I spent about two weeks with my family. During that time I was able to spend a few days with my Grandpa. He is such a great and strong man. We had a good time keeping each other company.
The funeral was beautiful and so many people came to celebrate her life. The eulogy was perfect and my cousin Riley put together a great slide show. My grandma was always someone who liked to have her family around and I think she would have loved to see everyone together. She was an amazing woman and will be missed by everyone who knew her.
Bonnie Mae Kircher was born Jan. 17, 1929, in Medford, Ore., to Leroy and Elvine Gienger.
She lived her life in Chiloquin, Ore., where she built a beautiful home and family. She graduated from Chiloquin High School and then attended University of Oregon, where she graduated in 1951. Then, in what could be considered the best part of her life, she met her husband Glen Kircher, a military veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. They were married on June 13, 1951, in San Diego, Calif., while he was in the Navy. Glen always thought she had wild blue eyes and a great smile. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year with their family on a trip to Eastern Oregon.
Bonnie and Glen owned Kircher's Hardware in Chiloquin for 38 years while raising their four well-behaved children. While working at the store and continuing after retirement, Bonnie stayed very active in her community with many Chiloquin civic projects and the Chiloquin Rodeo and Trail Ride. She managed the Gienger Memorial College Scholarship, mentoring many of the recipients to keep them on a successful track to graduating.
Bonnie had such a kind heart; she had no trouble making friends wherever she went and kept them close to her always. She was involved in Campfire Girls since 1939. Their group continues to gather monthly to reminisce. She was also a part of the "80's Ladies," with whom she shared lunch and company at least once a month. Bonnie was a regular member at the YMCA, where she enjoyed many afternoons with her friends swimming.
She loved to get together with friends and family just to visit and catch up. She really enjoyed seeing her family together and ending a great night with a game of cards. She loved to win and usually did and was always the scorekeeper.
Bonnie was a very talented seamstress and an amazing cook. Her home was always filled with wonderful smells. Whether it was pies, a roast, or her famous baked beans, she loved to cook for and feed everyone who came through her door.
Bonnie embraced life and wasted not a moment. Her heart was with her husband, her family, and her home, all of which gave her great joy.
Survivors include her husband Glen; her children and their spouses Suzanne and Bob Hannan, Melinda and Harry Childers, Joe and Paula Kircher, and Alyson and Shannon Totten; her grandchildren, who loved her dearly, Kirk, James, Riley, Lucas, Justin, Lindsay, Kate, Bonnie, and Ivy; and her four beautiful great-grandchildren Treiquella, Taylor, Aubreianna, and Gabriel; her siblings and their spouses Norma and Bob Hill and Bud and Pauline Gienger.
On Oct. 11, 2011, Bonnie Kircher left us to join her eldest grandson Tyler and many other beloved family and friends.
I am so blessed to have such an amazing woman help mold me into the person I am today. She will be missed but I know she is in a better place. I love you grandma.