Rosemary Kirchoff, a resident of Sag Harbor, died peacefully following surgery on March 30. She was 85 years old.
The daughter of Rose and James McNamara, Ms. Kirchoff was born and raised in New Rochelle, NY. After completing nursing school, she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She returned to New Rochelle where she met and married her late husband William Kirchoff. Mr. Kirchoff’s father built a house on the bay in the Roses Grove section of Southampton in the 1950’s, where Rosemary and Bill would spend their summers together with their four children. After moving to Essex Fells, NJ, Ms. Kirchoff worked as a nurse on the burn unit of St. Barnabas hospital in Livingston, NJ and as a private duty nurse assisting a variety of patients. During the end of her medical career, she was as a nurse analyst for the pharmaceutical company Ciba Geigy, collecting data on new drug protocol testing.
Mr. and Mrs. Kirchoff retired to Sag Harbor in 1994, building a home in Northampton Colony where they enjoyed time spent by the water with friends, family and their five grandchildren. She also spent time as a volunteer for the Sag Harbor Ladies Village Improvement Society, and worked helping local mothers with newborns. During the last three years, Ms. Kirchoff was a joyful village ambassador working for the Chamber of Commerce at the windmill in downtown Sag Harbor.
Ms. Kirchoff is survived by her four children, Eileen Kirchoff of New York, NY, Mary Kirchoff and husband Robert Paszek of Glastonbury, CT, Barbara McCarthy of Tarrytown, NY and William Kirchoff and wife Lynda Hinkley also of Sag Harbor, as well as five grandchildren, Caitlin Calder, Alex Radecki, Elizabeth Kirchoff, Callie Calder and Christopher Paszek.
A memorial service will be held at Saint Andrews Roman Catholic Church in Sag Harbor on Saturday April 16, at 10:30 a.m. A celebration of Ms. Kirchoff’s life will be held at the Northampton Colony Yacht Club in Sag Harbor immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ms. Kirchoff’s name to the John Jermain Memorial Library, attention Catherine Creedon.