Murphy Funeral Homes


Blanche M. Kirchner

May 5, 1922April 14, 2021

Born May 5th, 1922 in Toccoa, Georgia, passed away on April 14th, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia. Blanche was predeceased by her husband Vincent I. Kirchner, her sister, Margaret S. Thompson, her brothers, James W. Downs, and Joseph A. Downs. She is survived by her sisters Ella Virginia (Dinah) Brisbane, Betty Downs Kirchner, and Carol Ann Wiles, Brother-in-laws, James J. Kirchner, and Howard Wiles. Her 5 children, Joseph V, Thomas M. Sr., Bernard R., Gregory L., and Janes C. Kirchner, 12 grandchildren, Tom Jr., Leigh, Kristen, Billy, Charles, Allison, Joey, Natalie, Bristol, Benjamin, Sarajeanne, and Katie, 10 great-grandchildren, Tommy III, Dillon, Christopher, Luke, Keleigh, Bridget, Charles, Sean, Sylvester and Emily Briggs.

A visitation will be held at Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 W. Broad St. Falls Church, VA 22046 on Sunday, May 16th from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. A Celebration of Life Mass will be on the following day, Monday May 17th at 3PM at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, 5300 10th St N, Arlington, VA 22205.

To see the news story for Blanche M. Kirchner please see the article on the Inside Nova website by following the link below.

Acclaimed Arlington art instructor Blanche Kirchner passes at 98.


17 May

Celebration of Life Mass

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

St. Ann Catholic Church

5300 10th St. N.
Arlington, VA 22205


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David Forman

May 6, 2021

Some people are blessed with talents. Blanche was certainly an accomplished artist with an ability to inspire others. However, I believe her greatest gift was her ability to make you feel loved and appreciated. She has touched our lives in so many ways and will never be forgotten.


May 4, 2021

Blanche was a beautiful, smiling fixture in our neighborhood; our back yards adjoined. I remember her of course for her art, she was a talented artist, and a generous and loving person. I took several classes with her in my early 20's. But the thing I remember her most for was her strong and compassionate friendship with my mother, Sarah Radcliffe. Mom loved her. May she rest in peace. And may they laugh together again.

Anne Folan

May 2, 2021

Blanche was my godmother. I admired the way she lived her faith by, among other things, treating people with kindness and patience, and pursuing her vocation as an artist with such dedication. She was a witty and charming person as well, and will be greatly missed. RIP.

Allison Massey

April 25, 2021

My Aunt Blanche was not only a very talented artist. She was a loving and kind lady. She will be greatly missed.
Sincere condolences to her family .
May you find comfort in fond memories of your Mom.

Jeanne Arnold

April 23, 2021

Aunt Blanche was a beautiful woman and so kind to me and my family. She will be missed by so many and I pray her family will find solace in the memories they have.

Eileen Bogdanoff

April 23, 2021

On behalf of the (now dissolved) Advisory Committee from the now closed Lee Senior Center, we send condolances to Blanch's family. Blanche was an integral member of our Lee family.

Becki Dodd

April 19, 2021

Blanche was a "GEM." A true one of Life's Treasures!

Blanche was my Mentor, Teacher and a Wonderful, Loving Friend. She gave me and countless others a love and passion for art. She made art FUN and was always gracious, positive and kind with her evaluations.

We loved compiling the "Blancheisms." Her Monday art class wrote down her numerous witty comments she would make in class and compiled a list for her as a gift. She was delighted and laughed out loud.

She had a tremendous art talent, wit, grace and charm about her. I'm now sharing that love of art with my family and friends.

Blanche was extremely proud of her family and we were lucky enough to meet some of them over the years. I was glad to meet and get to know Jane. She is a Wonderful and Loving Daughter.

We all enjoyed the family stories and adventures Blanche would share with us in class. Her family was really special to her!

Blanche will be sorely missed by family and friends. There will be a huge void in my life and the lives of many others.

Rest in Peace my Dear, Loving Friend. Becki Dodd

Julian Duncan

April 19, 2021

She was such a dear cousin and beautiful person. I will never forget her kindness.

Cecile Folan

April 18, 2021

Blanche was always extremely kind to me and my family, and we loved her. May God rest her soul and send comfort to those she leaves behind. Cecile (Duncan) Folan

Carey Hess

April 18, 2021

Love, peace, joy and hope. Carey (Duncan) Hess Blanche will always be dear to my heart; she was a very special lady.