Betty Kircher (91) passed away on February 18. She was born August 19, 1929 to Eugene and Barbara Mueller. Although Betty spent part of her youth in Sydney, New York, she primarily grew up in Caldwell, New Jersey. She graduated from Grover Cleveland High School, Berkeley Secretarial School, and attended Upsala College.
She was an accomplished violist and performed with several orchestras in New Jersey. While playing with the Bloomfield Orchestra, she met Frederick Kircher, trombonist. They were married on September 17, 1949. They played together in the Montclair Operetta Club orchestra for 30 years.
When their two daughters, Barbara and Ruth were born, Betty stayed home with the girls. Once they were grown she returned to work as a legal secretary for a Caldwell law firm and as an administrative assistant for the Borough of Caldwell. In 1981, Betty and Fred moved to New Hartford, New York and in 2006, moved to the Twin Lakes Community, Burlington, North Carolina.
Betty was a creative and talented woman who happily shared her skills with her daughters, friends and volunteers groups. She was an avid seamstress, knitter and painter. One of her favorite hobbies was collecting and trying new recipes. Those who knew her appreciated what a wonderful cook she was. She especially enjoyed all her painting, sewing, card, lunch and neighborhood groups at Twin Lakes.
She is survived by her husband Frederick of 71 years and two daughters Barbara Collins (William) of Glenmont, NY, and Ruth Hathaway ( Ed), of Greensboro, NC. She also leaves three grandchildren, Scott Hathaway of Salt Lake City, UT, James Collins (Stephenie) of Virginia Beach, VA, and Leigh Collins McCormick (Joseph) of Delmar, NY, and two great granddaughters, Gabriella Collins and Corina McCormick.
At this time, a private interment service will be held for family.