Lois Jane (Kamp) Kirmeyer, 95, of Jefferson Township, Perryopolis, PA passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 8, 2020. A daughter of the late Elmer and Lida (Rothey) Kamp, she was born on February 20, 1925. Lois grew up in Elizabeth, Pa on Oak Hill, and spent the summers in Friendsville, MD at her father’s farm known for the Cider Mill. After graduating from Elizabeth High School in 1943, she began her career at US Steel Corporation – Mon Valley Works – Irvin Plant location. It was the hay day of steel production and the height of WWII. Through her work she would meet her husband, Dick B. Kirmeyer, whom she married in Winchester, VA on Valentine’s Day 1947 at age 22. They welcomed their son, Richard R. Kirmeyer, into the world in 1957. While she and Dick lived on a farm in Perryopolis since 1950, her love of culture and the arts frequently brought her into the city of Pittsburgh for dinner and a show. Regardless of occasion, she was always impeccably dressed with her signature pearls. She could match wits with anyone and never shied away from a political debate -- she genuinely enjoyed the discussion of differing opinions. Always on a quest to gain more knowledge Lois continued her education to become a paralegal. She worked diligently and methodically focusing on estate planning and bankruptcy law, gaining the trust and respect of her co-workers, clients and the community alike. She retired at age 88 in 2013, but that did not slow her down. One of her favorite past times was beating her family members in a game of cards. She had a profound love for her family and friends, frequently visiting with her sister Carole (Kamp) Nicolella and taking road trips to Florida and North Carolina to visit their brother Norman Kamp and sister-in-law Donna. She lived a full purposeful life and this world will not be the same without her. To state one of her favorite quotes by Robin St. John, “Nothing the heart gives away is gone…it is kept in the hearts of others.” For a woman who gave so much to so many, she will certainly live on through us all. Lois was preceded in death by her husband Dick Kirmeyer, brother William Kamp, sister-in-law Dorothy Kamp, brother-in-law Carmen Nicolella, and daughter-in-law Karen Kirmeyer. She is survived by her sister Carole Nicolella, brother Norman (Donna) Kamp, son Richard Kirmeyer, grandchildren Chase and Chelsea Kirmeyer, great granddaughter Kendall Jade and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews who loved her dearly.
Friends will be received from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Blair-Lowther Funeral Home, 305 Rear Independence Street, Perryopolis, PA where a funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Michael Lyons, officiating. Interment will be private.
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