Our beloved mother, Eileen Loretto Wirtz, passed away peacefully June 1, 2021. She was 94 years old. She was born on April 14, 1927 to Robert and Frances Feeney. She shared many stories over the years of what it was like to grow up during the depression with her two brothers, John R. and Ed, and her sister Ginny. It is a happy thought to think of this family reunion in heaven. Eileen was a lifelong member of St. Francis Xavier Parish attending the grade school, church and making many friends.
Eileen also spent many happy years with the Sisters of Loretto. She attended high school at Loretto Academy in Kansas City and earned her teaching degree at Webster University in St. Louis. After she graduated from Webster, she taught English at Loretto Academy and made many friends among her students.
In 1951, Eileen married Vic Wirtz and they had eight children of whom she was very proud: Pat (Mary Maasen), Steve (Maureen Aylward), Carol Ann (Mike Hilboldt), Bob, David, Jim (Rachel Madrigal), Charlie (Cate Bridenbach), and Ann Marie (Dennis OBrien). Eileen has 21 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She enjoyed her family a great deal and loved to take her kids and grandkids to her favorite places: Loretto Academy, Webster University, Roaring River State Park, Andres, The Nelson Art Gallery, Aixois, and the Missouri Repertory Theater.
To satisfy her interest in communications, Eileen volunteered in many organizations over the years. Among her favorites were Women in Communications and The Hospitalized Veterans Writing Project. Years ago, Mom gave each of her children a plaque that said, "God danced the day you were born". That is how she looked at life and that is how she wanted us to see it.
Visitation will be Tuesday, June 8th from 5:00-7:00pm at Muehlebach Funeral Care, 6800 Troost Ave. Kansas City, MO 64131. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, June 9th at 10:00am at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 1001 E. 52nd St. Kansas City, MO 64110. Muehlebach Funeral Care and St. Francis Xavier Church are following the CDC mask guidelines. This means that if you are fully vaccinated, then face coverings are optional.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2021 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Muehlebach Funeral Care 6800 Troost Avenue Kansas City, Missouri 64131
Mass of Christian Burial
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 10:00 AM
St. Francis Xavier Parish 1001 E 52nd Street Kansas City, Missouri 64110
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Calvary Cemetery 6901 Troost Ave Kansas City, Missouri 64131