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John William Kirsch

September 4, 1997 - August 13, 2019

John William Kirsch, age 21, a resident of Middletown, DE, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

A native of Middletown, he was the son of Capt. Daniel Frederick Kirsch and Susanne Ruth (Stern) Kirsch of Middletown.  John graduated from Salesianum, class of 2016.  He attended West Chester University.  He recently worked in hardscaping and carpentry.  John was to start working with his father at Wilmington Tug.

Starting in 7th grade, he actively volunteered and loved helping others, especially at the Brian Conley Veterans Resiliency Center in Middletown.  John’s fondest memories were spent with his Poppy, where they shared countless hours of hunting, fishing and crabbing.  He and his family are avid Ravens fans and gathered together to watch every game.  John loved to play baseball until he found a passion for rugby, playing for both Salesianum and West Chester University. He was a member of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church.

In addition to his loving parents, he is survived by two brothers, Daniel “Zach” Kirsch of Middletown, and CPT Adam Kirsch and his wife, Sarah, of Belton, TX; maternal grandparents, William and Donna Good of Yardley, PA; paternal grandparents, Richard and Shirley McLeish of Brentwood, CA; and numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends. John was loved by all.

A visitation for family and friends will be held at 11 am until 1 pm on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 214 Clinton St., Delaware City, DE.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 2 pm at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 209 Washington St., Delaware City, with Father Christian Beretta officiating. Interment will be private.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Brian Conley Veteran’s Resiliency Center, 104 South Broad St., Middletown, DE 19709.

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57 Condolences for John William Kirsch

  • God Bless You John.
    Janvier family

  • Danny, Susanne, Zach and Adam: My heart hurts for you with the loss of John. May God lift you up and give you peace and strength during the difficult days ahead. -John & April Messier

  • Susanne, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers for strength and peace. May the Salesian brotherhood embrace his kind heart and spirit eternally. Always a brother.

  • Even as our hearts are breaking we remember love and joy and a beautiful, kind young man. Love never dies.

  • God bless you sweet boy. I am so very sorry Suzanne and Captain Dan.

  • We love you, John and you will always be remembered. May God bless you and keep you.
    Craig, Kelly, Jake and Molly Bunting

  • There was never a dull moment with John. He was a wonderful guy with a bold sense of humor and smile that lit up the room every time he walked in. John always meant well and it was always a great day at school when he was there. My condolences go out to all of John’s friends, family and to all of my fellow Salesian brothers mourning his loss. God Bless.

  • Rest in Peace, John

  • A classmate. A teammate and a brother. You will be missed severely. Wish I could’ve been there to check in and be there for you more. May your spirit rest easy. My condolences to your family in their time of need. Be blessed brother.

    -Marek Easton

  • My condolence to you and your family.

  • Gone too soon.
    Dan, Susanne and family, sorry for your loss.

  • Dan, Suzanne, and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Dan & Suzanne, we don’t have words to express ourselves for the loss of Johnny . We just want to let you know you are in our hearts & prayers . We will be thinking of you todsy & always love Hack & Linda

  • Dan and Susanne,
    As a father and grandfather, I can only imagine your family’s pain. I pray you find much satisfaction in your son’s accomplishments in life. May God ease your sad burden.

    God bless, Dick

  • We are so sorry for your loss. May John rest in peace.

  • Tom and I are so sorry for the loss of your son. We are sending prayers to your family.

  • May god help you thru this difficult time! Love you! our thoughts and prayers are with you! Walt & Karen

  • I’m so so sorry. My heart is so heavy and breaks for you all.

  • Suzanne and family, my thoughts are with you all. Jim told me about your son. So sorry. Norma that worked for Jim at florist

  • My condolences go out to Johns family and friends, will miss seeing him at all our family gatherings he fit right in! My heart breaks hearing this, I’m so very sorry!

  • Dear Susanne and family our love and prayers are with you

  • As a former Salesian parent I want to express my deepest sympathies on the passing of John. He and your family are in my prayers.

  • My prayers go out to the Kirsch family. I always had a soft spot for John when he was a student at St. Matthew School. I remember how good-hearted he was. He had such a sensitive soul, and felt things more deeply than most. When I knew him in middle school, he saw the world as a beautiful place, filled with good people. And when faced with negative events, he struggled to understand. I remember praying to God back in those days that the world could be as beautiful as John saw it. I know I’m not the only teacher whose heart was touched by John.

    I hope all the beautiful memories of John help to comfort you all in the days and years to come.

  • Susanne and Dan so sorry for your lost our love and prayers are with you

  • Donna and bill we are so sorry for your lost our prayers are with you

  • Thoughts and prayers for someone who motivated so many smiles!

  • Dan, Susanne and family…. We are so sorry for your loss. Praying the happy memories of John will help ease your pain. God bless all of you. Bill and Eva Stoops.

  • A great person. Always did his best to make sure everyone around him was having a good time. Never had a boring class with John. You’ll be missed but not forgotten.

  • John was a good friend with a big heart. Responsible for the greatest memories from my childhood. Delinquents at times (the school play incidents), but always good hearted fun. Taught me what true friendship was and I’ll always hold on to that. We went separate ways unfortunately and now I’ll always regret not trying to rekindle the bond. Growing up I looked at John as the brother I always wanted, he was there for me I was there for him. His family treated me a such always kind-hearted and loving. My heart is heavy for his family, may he find peace. Love you brother.

  • A true brother who was there for you if you needed a smile and laugh or someone in your corner. May you rest peacefully. You will be missed deeply

  • My deepest condolences to the Kirsch Family.

  • Dan and Family. so sorry about John. God Bless you John.

  • Rest easy friend, thank you for the memories and laughter. My sincerest condolences to john’s family and friends.

  • John always brought nothing but good energy to any situation. From grade school through high school I can’t remember a single time spent with you that didn’t involve smiles and laughs. Rest easy John you will be missed.

    – Tyler Benzinger

  • Dan and Susanne, I am at loss for words but not Faith. I will continue say prayers on your behalf. May your pain be turned into something positive into Johns name. If their is anything I can do.

  • Mr. And Mrs. Kirsch and family. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved son John. I will always remember John as a Salesian gentlemen who was a true friend, enthusiastic athlete and fine student. His “gentle strength” was remarkable. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve John’s loss. May he rest peacefully with God!
    My deepest sympathy,
    Suzanne Mansi, Salesianum School Nurse

  • Dear family our grandsons attended Salesianum as did your son. We are deeply sorry for your loss….so young…Vito and Carolyn Dell’Oso

  • Our heart is so full of compassion for your loss. Their are not adequate words to express the sorrow. May god comfort you & you may find love & support of your friends & family

  • Danny, Suzanne, Zac and Adam and Our hearts hurt everyday. But I’m sure nothing like yours. We love you all. You’re such a great family. And we love John. We’ll never know on earth why this happened. God bless you all and have faith in God that he has plans for you on earth just as he has for John in heaven. We truly love you.

  • My heart and prayers go out to you all. May the peace of the Lord be with you. Please try to draw strength from each other. Joan -Seamen’s Ctr. Of Wilmington.

  • John was a sweet, kind, loving and beautiful human being. He will be missed by many whose lives he touched. My prayers and thoughts are with Susanne, Dan, Zach and Adam and family.

  • A brother on and off the field. From middle school to rugby games to graduation. Thank you for all the memories brother. You’ll forever have a special place in my heart. Rest easy.

  • May the Holiness of tomorrow’s mass bring you peace and comfort as we all pray for your son. May god bless you…Carolyn

  • Their was never a moment during our senior year that wasn’t made better with his humor. My thoughts are with his family, I remember those times at lunch still to this day because everyone and everybody loved him. Rest easy my friend

  • My condolences to all! So sorry for your loss!

  • My heart aches for all who knew and loved Johnnie. My family and I had the pleasure of getting to know Johnnie when his best friend, Shawn, joined our family. We had a lot of fun times with him .. kayaking, ice cream trips, joining our Halloween haunted yard party and dressing up as the gorilla. He was always such a wonderful young man to have around. I cannot imagine the pain in your hearts and no words that I can offer express my truly deepest sympathies. Sending you strength and prayers.

  • Man, it felt like it was just yesterday when we were both in Math class clowning around in the back. I’m going to miss you buddy and may you Rest In Peace. Until we meet again.

    -John “Robbie” Sinko

  • I am heartbroken for you all and send my deepest sympathies and prayers in John’s passing. May he rest in peace.
    Debbie Lohinetz Panebianco

  • Susanne, Dan and family our hearts are breaking. Our prayers are with you at this impossible time. May God give you strength and stay with you now and the rest of your lives.

  • Dan and Suzanne,
    Bernadette just texted me. I’m so so sorry for your loss. Sending heart felt positive thoughts and prayers to your family to stay strong and positive for each. I have so many fond memories of great times spent with you and the boys and remember like yesterday when John was born. Miss you guys .. love you guys! Please pass along my warm regards to Adams and Zach. With a heavy heart Warm regards, Dave

  • Dan,
    As a father of a son I can’t fathom your loss…..yet may God ease the pain and sorrow you are experiencing only to be filled with tears of joy from wonderful memories of John.
    My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • Our deepest condolences to your family. May John Rest In Peace.

  • I’m going to miss your smile, your wit and your kind heart. I’m going to miss how you teased me, when I “got it wrong”. I’m going to miss how inquisitive, passionate, intelligent and funny you were. I’m going to miss you calling me Miss Sharon. I’m going to miss your big gigantic hugs, telling me you love me….and me telling you the same. I’m going to be here for those you left behind…..every step of the way. I hope you find the Peanut M&M”S that are surely hidden up there somewhere. I love you John♡♡

  • Susanne and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. No words can help ease your pain. My heart breaks for all of you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and pray that God helps you through this difficult time.

  • The Kirsch Family
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you strength and comfort. With deepest sympathy.
    Love,
    The Logan Family

  • Our prayers, thoughts are with your whole family on the loss of your beautiful son John.
    Rest In Peace

  • Happy birthday baby brother. I miss you everyday.