- June 11, 1920 - June 17, 2015
- Sun City, Arizona
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Opal Lucile Kirschman, 95, of Sun City, AZ., passed away on June 17, 2015 at the home of her niece in Tupelo, MS. Ms. Kirschman was born near Prairie Home, MO. on June 11, 1920. She was the daughter of Charles Porter Kirschman and Lola Adair Kirschman. She graduated from Prairie Home High School in 1937, then attended and graduated from Sedalia Business College.
Ms. Kirschman’s first job was working at the bus station in California, MO. She moved to Washington, D.C. after hearing that the federal government needed women workers, feeling it was her patriotic duty to help during World War II. She enjoyed living in the big city of Washington, taking advantage of the opportunity to see live shows and popular movies, learning to play tennis and golf, and traveling in the eastern part of the country.
She began her federal career at the Federal Works Agency in 1941; she then transferred to the Federal Public Housing Authority. In 1947 she transferred to the Atomic Energy Commission, where she worked as an administrative assistant to the first head of the agency, David Lilienthal. She served in the same capacity for the next director, Sumner Pike. She then transferred to the Congressional Relations Office at the AEC, where she remained until her retirement in 1971. During her federal career, she met many famous people, including Robert Oppenheimer, technical director of the Manhattan Project, and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling, playing golf, reading, and spending time with her family.
Ms. Kirschman was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Milton and A.W. Kirschman, sister, Mildred Kirschman Riley, sisters-in-law, Iris Kirschman and Thelma Kirschman, brother-in-law, Gerald Riley, Sr., and one nephew, Mark Kirschman. She is survived by three nephews, Gerald and Dennis Riley, and Gary Kirschman. She is also survived by four nieces; Mary Oechsler, Teresa Lynn, Kathleen Rosa, and Ginger Bryan.
Funeral services will be held at 10am on August 14th at the Prairie Home Methodist Church, with internment following at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Boonville, MO. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thacher Funeral Home, Boonville, MO.
Memorial donations may be made to the Prairie Home Methodist Church for the care and upkeep of Fellowship Hall, which was established by her cousin, Glen Kirschman.