Ruth Kirchhoff

Ruth M. Kirchhoff, 94, of Winfield, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 25, 2020, at home with her family.

Graveside services will be held at Fairview Cemetery north of Smith Center. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lutheran Church of Smith Center or to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice of Winfield. Contributions can be left in care of Shelley Family Funeral Home, 803 Loomis St., Winfield, KS 67156.

Ruth was born Oct. 1, 1925, to parents Edward and Dora (Dannenberg) Jacobs on their farmstead home north of Gaylord. She was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church of Gaylord. She graduated from Gaylord High School in 1942, then attended a teacher's college and came home to teach at Gaylord Grade School.

Ruth was united in marriage to Rolland Kirchhoff of Athol in 1947. She enjoyed being a homemaker and caring for her family, as well as being a very talented cook, seamstress and quilter. She also enjoyed landscaping and always had a large country garden. Ruth and Rolland were longtime members of American Lutheran Church in Smith Center. After Ruth moved to Winfield, Trinity Lutheran became her church home. One of her greatest joys was her fellowship with her sisters-in-law. For both Ruth and Rolland, farming and community service grew into a lifelong bond that they shared in activities with the Gideon Society. Ruth was a member of the Arts Council in Smith Center and also a leader in the 4-H club in Cedar for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and siblings, Richard, Walter, Duane and Victor Jacobs.

Survivors include her children, Nancy Lann, of Winfield, Beth Kirchhoff and husband, Loren Lukens, of Seattle, and Steven P. Kirchhoff and wife, Linnea, of Houston; grandchildren, Matthew Lann-Wolcott, Kevin Lann-Teubner, Claire Lukens, Paul Kirchhoff, Nicole Kirchhoff and Keely Kirchhoff; brother, Irwin Jacobs; and sisters-in-law, Betty Jacobs and Lucy Jacobs.

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