Marian M. Bircher, 87


Marian M. Bircher, 87, of Hillsboro, died Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylor Springs.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Hough and Sons Funeral Home in Hillsboro is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Bircher was born June 19, 1931, in Collinsville, to Joseph and Agnes (Etchills) McCain. She married Glenn Bircher on Jan. 28, 1950, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Highland, and he preceded her in death.

She and her husband founded WINU-AM radio station in Highland in the 1960s, which they operated until their retirement in 1991.

A Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, she delivered Meals on Wheels and was a member of St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by a son, Jon J. (Linda) Bircher of Greenville; daughter, Nancy (Terry) Manning of Hillsboro; grandchildren, Jennifer (Chad) Bentley and Katie (Ben) Halliwill, all of Cedar Rapids, IA, Joshua Manning of Hanna City and Rachel (Mike) Vera of Apollo Beach, FL; great-grandchildren, Bryson, Weston and Madison Bentley, Lydia and Sylvia Halliwill, Koen, Nolan, Vera and Jazmyn Anderson; one great-grandson, Hudson Anderson; and one sister, Carol (Paul) Meier of Chesterfield, MO.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Joann Schauerte and Jean McCain.

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