In Memory Of
Nancy Kirchgraber


West Parris Pedigo
Full Name:
Nancy Kirchgraber

Date of Birth:
February 16, 1927

Date of Death:
April 19, 2017

April 27, 2017 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM - West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home

Service Information:
April 27, 2017 - 1:00 PM - West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home

Nancy (Brumfield) Kirchgraber, 90, of Spencer, passed away at her residence, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.  She was born February 16, 1927 in  Augusta Springs, VA to Alton and Maisie (Lockridge) Brumfield.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Earlham College and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.  She worked as a librarian for Belleville Public Library in Belleville, IL for over 30 years.  She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church and a 40-year member of DAR.  Nancy was a Girl Scout leader for decades.  She enjoyed reading, working with flowers, and all of her animals.

Nancy was always the smartest one in the room, with a quick and clever wit. She enjoyed reading mysteries, watching NCIS and CSI and keeping an eye out for daughter in law Rosa on various TV shows. Through the years, she attended countless performances by her children and grandchildren.  Nancy was a Cardinals fan and took pleasure in taking both her children and grandchildren to games, high up in Busch Stadium. In later years, she was converted to a Cubs fan and spent many hours watching games with her grandson Michael. The sound of her great grandchildren laughing as they rolled coffee cans down the ramp in the West Wing made her smile. Nancy enjoyed working with flowers, restoring antiques (but NOT sewing dance costumes!) and all of her pets.

Nancy is survived by her children, Stephan Kirchgraber (Rosa) of New York City, NY, Anne Kirchgraber-McKee (Dennis McKee) of Spencer, and Gerilynn Warner (Michael) of Lafayette, grandchildren, Bethany (Martin), Haley (Roy), Michael, Brent, and Yuki (Kota), and two great grandchildren, Aaron and Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 52 years, Robert B. Kirchgraber, and a sister, Mildred “Mickey” Brumfield.

A special thank you to the people that allowed Nancy to be able stay in her home, Deb, Loretta, Susanna, Melissa, Anna, Gwen, Sara, Haley,Home Instead, and Kindred Hospice.  Your care and kindness are appreciated more than words can say.

A funeral mass will be held 1:00pm, Thursday, April 27, 2017 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Spencer.  Father Mahan will officiate.  Burial will follow at Chambersville Cemetery.  Arrangements are with West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in Spencer.

Visitation will be from 11:00am until the time of the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Owen County Humane Society & Earlham College.

Online condolences may be made at

From: Jack & Molly KirchgraberApr 23 2017 1:37PM
To all Our Kirchgraber cousins we send our heartfelt condolences on the passing of a great woman.
Our Moms passed on 27 years ago but there is still not a day that passes that they are not missed.
Our prayare with your families at this difficult time
Jack & Molly Kirchgraber
From: Neven PalecekApr 23 2017 6:47PM
R.I.P. Nancy
From: Laverna & Larry TruittApr 24 2017 6:09PM
Gerri, so sorry to hear about your mother. She sounds like she was a charming and very talented lady who must have had a great influence on your life. I am certain you inherited her grace and talent, Gerri. Please give Mike our sympathies also. We will be praying for you and your family this week.   Sincerely, Laverna & Larry
From: Betty ProstApr 24 2017 6:59PM
Sorry to read of your Mother's death.  we worked together for many years.
From: Gabe WilsonApr 25 2017 9:18AM
Sorry for our loss. I always enjoyed my time with your family. You hold a special place in my heart.
From: Lou Ann (Goetz)JamesApr 25 2017 2:07PM
To all of the Kirchgraber family,
Our deepest sympathies on the passing of Nancy (Mrs. K., to me). In spending many early years under the leadership of Mrs. K. in the Cataloging Dept. at the Belleville Public Library, I learned the importance of attention to detail and professionalism, while she always treated her staff as family. After 38 years I retired 10 years ago from the Library, but will treasure her humor and personal memories of her for the rest of my life.  Lou Ann (Bill) James