Betty Gibbs Kirschbaum / March 31, 1924 – Dec. 24, 2009

Published 10:51am Monday, December 28, 2009

Betty Gibbs Kirschbaum, 85, of Williams Street, Niles died at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009 at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka following a brief illness.

She was born March 31, 1924 in Bethlehem, Pa. to Henry J. Pfeiffer and Anna (Farrell) Pfeiffer. She came to Niles from Cincinnati in 1965. She was retired from Simplicity Pattern Co., Niles after 18 years of service.

She was a life member and sergeant-at-arms of the VFW 9820 Auxiliary, South Bend; life member of the American Legion Post 26 Auxiliary, Niles; life member, 25th Infantry Division Auxiliary member; Fraternal Order of Eagles 2094, Niles.

She married Maynard C. Gibbs on Sept. 7, 1963 in Niles. He died April 16, 1999.
She married William E. Kirschbuam on March 25, 2000 in Niles.

She is survived by her husband, William; daughter, Dolores Pfeiffer of Louisville, Ky.; stepsons, Michael Kirschbuam of Niles, Gordon Kirshbaum of Niles; stepdaughter, Kathy Barney of Niles; a sister, Thelma Wilson of Harrison, Ohio; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Maynard Gibbs; son, James H. Faulkner, who died March 11, 2005; granddaughter, Denise Simpson, who died July 16, 2007; and brother, Sonny Pfeiffer.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 at Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles with the Rev. Randy Pearman of Bethel Baptist Church officiating.

Burial will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Mich.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post 9820.

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