Edythe Kirchmaier, January 22, 1908 ~ October 24, 2015


Edythe Kirchmaier, beloved Direct Relief volunteer and inspiration, passed away peacefully yesterday surrounded by her loving family. Edythe’s generosity of spirit, humble service to others, and joyful embrace of life’s wonders have been an inspiring example to the entire Direct Relief family privileged to know her and to people around the world. The rare and precious twinkle in Edythe’s eye sparked for nearly 108 years. It is with a heavy heart and profound gratitude for Edythe having shared so much of her extraordinary life with Direct Relief in joyful service to others that we extend our sympathies to Edythe’s family and her many friends and colleagues.

“I think if we can just love one another, there will be less pain, less fighting, more harmony.  I think we can win over all of our adversities with love.” Edythe Kirchmaier



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