Justine May Kirchner

July 1949 – August 2013

About the Service

Mass on Saturday, August 24th at 2:30 pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Mariposa » Gathering in the Parish Hall will follow the mass

Justine Kirchner, of Mariposa, passed away at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. Justine was born in Merced, CA to Glen and Irene Gordo of Cathey’s Valley. She attended school in Cathey’s Valley and graduated from Mariposa High School and Merced College with an Associate Degree.

In 1977 she met, and in the spring of 1978 she married the love of her life, Bob Kirchner. Justine and Bob shared their home with over 200 foster children over many years. She also worked for 26 years as a bookkeeper/accountant in Merced and later with Yosemite area motels. Justine and Bob thoroughly enjoyed their 35 years of marriage together. She enjoyed time spent with friends, sports and travel, and especially their family and extended family of friends. She was gifted in floral arranging and operated a gift/floral shop for many years in Mariposa and Atwater. Justine was enormously generous and loved to surprise people with gifts.

Justine is survived by her husband Bob of Mariposa, daughter Carrie (James) Russell of Turlock, son Robert II (Chale’) Kirchner of Turlock, and son Henry Martinez of Turlock. Sisters: Rowene Hood, Darlene (John) Irwin, Jolene Gordo, Karene Lane and Debbie Patterson, 7 grandchildren:  Aiden, Amanda, Austin, Brianna, Grayden, Jenna and Robert. Also, Aunt Betty of Mariposa, many cousins, nieces, nephews, her very special sister Cheryl (Alan) and many, many friends.

A Mass to honor Justine is scheduled for Saturday, August 24th at 2:30 pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mariposa. A gathering in the Parish Hall will follow the mass.

Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, are encouraged for the “Justine’s Angels” Fund, C/O – P. O. Box 1947, Mariposa, Ca. 95338 or the St. Joseph’s Ladies Guild, C/O St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Mariposa, Ca.

Donations given to “Justine’s Angels”, has been established to assist families of Central California, who have lost a child up through age 12 and can not otherwise afford simple funeral services or other basic costs associated with the death of a child. The Fund allows the child and family, simple but dignified funeral services at the time of need.


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