Jean Helen Wirth (nee Kilmer), age 87, a resident of St. Mary’s Villa and previously Lutherwood Apartments, passed away on May 22nd from complications of COVID19. Jean was born August 15, 1932 to the late Robert and Evelyn (Polley) Kilmer. She and her family resided in Springbrook and she was a member of Springbrook Congregational Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Wirth, who died June 17, 1974 and her sister Nancy Biefeldt, who died August 22, 2017.
Jean was a graduate of Moscow High School. She worked as a transportation employee at NEPA Easter Seals and also as an accountant for her husband Don’s home business. Jean later retired from St. Mary’s Villa after serving 35 years as Dietary Aid. After her retirement she volunteered for Visiting Nurse Association Hospice and Home Health of Lackawanna County.
She is survived by her children, Sally Roberts and husband Tom; Don Wirth and companion Kathy Gross; Jerry Wirth and wife Shelley; Amy Janiszewski and husband JR; and Clint Wirth, five grandchildren, Scott, Joshua, Jeremiah, Jacob and Aaliyah and nine great-grandchildren, Adrian, Jordan, Alamea (Alexis), Taylor, Madison, Joseph, Kylie, Simon and Zebulon as well as several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her very dear friend of many years, Don Davis
Jean loved spending time with her family and you could always find her reading a good book. She enjoyed traveling and was able to experience many amazing places while visiting Jerry and Shelley and their family.
As testimony to her compassion and her “above and beyond” duties as a mother, I submit this small anecdote.
a few years back I was addicted to caffeine I’d drank tea by the gallon my anxiety level was through the roof one particular summer I was convinced that if I went to sleep I wouldn’t wake up my mother who was about 80 at the time knew this and drove from her apartment at night into the city and climbed my whole mess of steps just to sit with me all night to calm me down she did this on more than one occasion she also flew to Florida to be with my brother when his wife was soooooo sick that kind of compassion is priceless and should not be allowed to die out.
Submitted by Clint Wirth (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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