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Eileen Kirby

Eileen Marie Kirby (Kurt)

Monday, August 28th, 1939 - Friday, July 10th, 2020
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Obituary

Eileen M. Kirby, 80, of Independence, IA died on Saturday July 10, 2020 at her home in Independence, IA

Eileen was born on August 28, 1939 in Temple Hill, IA, the daughter of Urban and Francis (Lasche) Kurt. In 1944 the family moved to Winthrop, IA, before purchasing and moving to a farm in rural Independence, IA in 1945. She was a 1958 graduate of St. John’s Catholic High School and went on to receive a degree from the Paris Academy of Beauty in Cedar Rapids, IA, in 1960. She married Phillip J. Smith III in 1964, they later divorced in 1972. On January 26, 1979 she married Raymond H. Kirby at the Pinicion Hotel in Independence. Shortly after starting her career as a hairdresser Eileen started her own salon named Eileen Beauty Shop, operated for nearly 58 years and retired in 2018.

She is survived by her husband of forty one years, Raymond Kirby, Independence, IA, a daughter, Michelle (John) Osterhaus, two step daughters, Tracy Kirby, Ipswich, England, and Tanya Kirby, Independence, IA, four grandchildren, six great grandchildren, a sister, Roseann (Ted) Thoma, Jesup, IA, a brother, Danny (Peggy) Kurt, Bridgeport, NE, a sister-in-law, Mary Kurt, Independence, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

Eileen is preceded in death by her parents, Urban and Francis Kurt, a brother, Richard Kurt, a grandson, Jesse Ray Kirby, and a brother in law, Brian Kirby.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on July 16, 2020 at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence, IA with Rev. David Beckman Presiding. Burial will be held at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Independence at a later date. Visitation will be held from 5 PM until 7:30 PM on Wednesday June 15, 2020 at the Reiff Family Center - Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence. A Parish Vigil Service will be held at 7:30 PM on Wednesday.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:30pm
    When
    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:30pm
    Location
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    Address
    216 3rd Ave SE
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
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    Notes
    A Parish Vigil Service will be held at 7:30 PM on Wednesday.
  • Service

    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    St. John's Catholic Church
    Address
    209 5th Ave NE
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
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    Officiant
    Rev. David Beckman
  • Interment

    Location
    St. John's Catholic Cemetery
    Address
    INDEPENDENCE, IA 50644
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    Notes
    Inurnment will be held at a later date.

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Rob Demuth

Posted at 09:52pm
To the Kirby Family, Please accept our Deepest Sympathy on the passing of Eileen. She truly was a lovely lady.
Mary Ann Demuth and the Demuth Family.
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Lynn Willey Isham

Posted at 02:47pm
Eileen did my mom’s hair for years. Mom (Jo Willey) loved looking nice and always enjoyed her hair appointment and visit with the ladies there. Eileen was so good to her! We were so sorry to read of her passing.
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Ellen Gaffney

Posted at 01:30am
Eileen was a very nice lady. We had
good conversations about our favorite
gambling machines.
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Dixie Hansen

Posted at 09:18pm
I knew Eileen & her family from years working at Kathy's Restaurant, she was wonderful lady. Prayers for all who loved her, she will be missed.
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Gerald Behan

Posted at 08:58pm
Sorry to hear about Eileen our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Jerry and Dawn Behan
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