In Rememberance & Memory of Barb Kirscher

Barbara Kay (Beers) Kirscher passed away on May 25, 2016 in Townsend, Montana. Barbara was born in Judith Gap, Montana, on Good Friday, April 15, 1927 and graduated from high school there as class Valedictorian. Barbara married Frederick Joseph Kirscher and together they graduated from Montana State College (now MSU) in 1948. She was a "joiner" from birth, compelled to participate in educational pursuits as well as community service throughout her years and she gave numerous hours to many local organizations including Broadwater Health Center (BHC).

Joe and Barbara lived in Townsend, having 5 children - Marie, Jan, Keith, Kerry and Vivianne. They operated a ranch together until Joe's death in 1973. Barbara eventually went to work with the Montana Department of Public Instruction as a secretary in the Indian Ed division. Other jobs moved Barbara to towns and cities across Montana and included positions with the Selective Service Board, the Broadwater County Clerk of Court, Montana Health System Agency (MHSA) and the Montana Lung Association. These jobs were ideal for Barbara as she was able to combine her gifts for organization, communication and leadership.

Barbara moved back to Townsend after her retirement, volunteering locally with many different organizations. The hospital appreciates and recognizes the many years of service she gave on their behalf through her endeavors/service with the Broadwater Community Health Foundation, the Townsend Health Systems (THS) Board, the District Board and the hospital auxilliary. She was a vocal supporter of the hospital and when the hospital was having hard times she chaired a huge garage sale that raised money to help keep the doors open. Our hearts go out to the family and we thank Barb for all she did for not only the hospital but our community and we are going to miss her very much.

The Broadwater Counnity Health Foundation (BCHF) has created a "Barb Kirscher Memorial Education Fund" that will offer scholarships for locals pursuing medical education and/or training. To start the fund BCHF donated $500.00, the Kirscher family, through donations they received, pledged $255 and the hospital auxiliary donated $94.00 from their fund and member donations. An anonymous donor has agreed to match the first $2500 collected (doubling the fund if that amount can be reached this year). There will also be a garage sale held to  raise money for the fund (please see ad below). If you mould like to make a monetary donation fo the fund please contact BCHF board member Judy Gillespie at 266-3861.