James A. Kirsch

James A. Kirsch, 91, Brick Road, Ebensburg, died Monday at home.

He was born in Loretto RD, son of the late Edwin J. and Philomena J. (Farabaugh) Kirsch.

Surviving are six children: Doris A. Torakeo (David) of Camp Hill, Joan M. Dietz (Mark) of Bethel, Mary Uhler (John) of Etowah, Tenn., Janet M. Palya (Fred Paulsen) of South Pasadena, Fla., and Teresa A. Mullen (Francis) and James T. (Linda Adams), both of Ebensburg RD; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four sisters: Mary Jane Baker of Loretto RD, Teresa Ott and Rita Born, both of Pittsburgh, and Edna Schirf of Duncansville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Madeline “Toots” (Kuntzman), on Sept. 18, 1995; a sister, Esther Park; and two brothers: Paul and John.

Jim was a lifelong farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, where he served as a sergeant in the 20th Tank Battalion and was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation, Army of Occupation Medal with Germany clasp and American Theater Ribbon. He was wounded in Germany and received two Purple Hearts.

Jim was a life member of the Loretto American Legion Post 748 and Pennsylvania State Grange and a member of the Cambria County Farm Bureau, Pennsylvania Farm Association and Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Loretto.

Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Gibbons Funeral Home, Ashville, where a vigil service will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Loretto, Monsignor Timothy Swope as celebrant. Committal will be in the church cemetery. Military rites will be provided by the Loretto American Legion and other local military organizations.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to St. Michael’s school in Jim’s memory.