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Leppert Mortuaries - Nora

740 East 86th St, Indianapolis, IN

OBITUARY

Lynda Maree Kirch

May 27, 1957February 16, 2020

Lynda Maree Barton Kirch passed on February 16th 2020. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister. Lynda was born in Dallas, Texas on May 27th, 1957 to Maurinetta Heinz Gerstner and Chris Robert Barton. She lived in New Orleans, Louisiana for many years and considered it home. Lynda’s journey continued to Indianapolis, Indiana where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Marion University. After completing her degree, she served for many years as a nurse in Pediatric Intensive Care and Labor and Delivery. Helping babies and mothers in a hospital setting, seeded a deep belief in mother-driven birthing experiences resulting in her becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) for the home birthing community. She graduated top of the first graduating class at the University of Indianapolis with her Master of Science in Nursing to earn her the title of Certified Nurse Midwife.

She found her passion and helped hundreds of families in Indiana have home births. Lynda was more than a midwife to many of those families as her tenderness and love for each family was a gift, she gave daily. She believed in empowering women to be their best and challenge themselves at the same time. She believed in education and making informed decisions. She believed in making a difference in whatever she was involved in. Lynda served on the board of the Indiana Midwives Association to help make the choice to give birth at home more available. No matter where she was, she always lived her life by her own standards. She loved music and dancing, creating art, and appreciated beauty in everything.

Lynda was married to Jeffrey A. Kirch for 30 years and together, they raised four beautiful children: daughter Shannyn Rubel and sons Brian E. Murphy, Jensen A. Kirch, and Quintin A. Kirch. She is survived by her husband and children as well as brothers Merrill Mura and Gary Mura and sisters Lynne Cooney, Lynne Schneider, and Gaylyn Kelly. Deceased siblings include Maurinetta Mura Paoletti and Chris E. Barton.

A visitation and Celebration of Life will be held for Lynda Barton Kirch on Saturday, the 22nd of February at Leppert Mortuary in Indianapolis. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm with a Celebration of Life starting at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the Lynda Barton Kirch Memorial Fund. This fund will help the families who seek midwifery services, but financially can't afford them. Donation information is available through Leppert Mortuary and will be collected during the visitation.

You are invited to visit the website www.leppertmortuary.com to share a personal memory of Lynda.

Services

  • Memorial Calling Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 22, 2020

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Char Lavergne

March 5, 2020

Oh dear God, no! I just learned that my dear, precious friend, Lynda, has left this world. I am in complete shock. We visited between New Orleans and Sulphur a lot. She was even my Maid of Honor in 1981! I was wondering why I hadn't heard from her recently, and now I know. Dear Lord this cannot be real.

My precious Lynda, I have so many priceless memories of us, and I will treasure them always. My heart is so broken.

I love you more than ever. Fly high my precious angel.

Tim Hon

March 3, 2020

To Jeff and family,

The Hon family is deeply saddened by the passing of Lynda. We want to express our sincere sympathy to the Kirch family. Please know that we love you and care about you.

Tim, Diane, and Jake

Zoe Sexhus

February 23, 2020

I am so very sorry to hear about Lynda’s passing. Please know my heartfelt condolences go out to you, and all your family...

Becca Cartledge

February 22, 2020

I had the pleasure of being one of the instructors for Lynda’s doula training in Indy 20 some years ago. Honestly, she could have taught the course. I’ve moved and am sorry to say I can’t find any class photos to share. As I became a midwife years after her, she was an encouragement to me. Her quiet compassion will always be my fondest memory.

Al Dufauchard

February 22, 2020

A SHINING STAR
FROM VICTOR VICTORIA TO
THE TEMPATATIONS
DESCRIBING LYNDA WOULD TAKE
THOUSANDS OF ADJECTIVES
AND ADVERBS
OR ONE COULD SIMPLY SAY
" A BEAUTIFUL PERSON "

Al Dufauchard

February 21, 2020

A SHINING STAR
LOOKING OVER US ALL
FROM VICTOR VICTORIA TO THE TEMPTATIONS
DESCRIBING LYNDA WOULD PROBABLY TAKE
THOUSANDS OF ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS
OR I CAN JUST SAY SIMPLY
( A+0 B+8 P+5 )
"A BEAUTIFUL PERSON"

A & F

Frances Fickle

February 21, 2020

Dear Shannon. Gentle hugs to you and your family. So very very sorry for your incredible heartache. Your Mother was indeed a very precious person. With deepest heartfelt sympathy...Fran Fickle

Terry Blankenship

February 21, 2020

Till we meet again my dear friend. Your heart will be missed

Mandy Stevens

February 20, 2020

Lynda did our follow-up home visit when we had our oldest daughter at the Birth Center almost 17 years ago, while she was finishing up her program. She was gentle, kind, and so knowledgeable. By the time we were having our youngest daughter, the Birth Center was closed. I reached out to Lynda, and immediately felt like with Lynda by our sides we could handle a home birth. She was so smart, prepared, intuitive. She was also gentle, kind, & remarkably empowering.
At that birth, toward the end, I had leaned back chatting, laughing, and resting through a couple of contractions when she said, “Your contractions are getting farther apart now. I think we need to get these people out of here and have this baby. Are you ready?” I trusted her and felt the seriousness of her tone so I said, “Yes.” A healthy Tallulah was safely born about fifteen minutes later! She knew. She had me. It made all the difference. I’ll FOREVER be grateful to you, Lynda. Thank you for making it possible to give birth on our terms in our home.
And, thank you to her beautiful and generous family for sharing her with all of us over the years.
Rest In Peace.

Ana Vallow

February 20, 2020

Lynda was our midwife, she was a mentor and a friend. She took the time to nurture strength and courage in me to believe for something greater. That led to first homebirth of our third son. She held space for healing and courage to surface at that time. She welcomed me into her home and life without reserve. She inspired me in my passions to serve other women by supporting them and educating them through their birth experiences no matter the outcome. She called to the deeper dreams in my life and I am so grateful for the time to know her, share birth space with her and grow from the wisdom she shared. Lynda and Kirch family you will always have a special place in our hearts.

FROM THE FAMILY