Richard James Nirschl, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend passed away peacefully surrounded by those who love him on March 25, 2014, at the age of 84. He was born in Wisconsin to Joseph & Louise (Greattinger) Nirschl on November 12, 1929. He grew up in South Milwaukee, WI where he spent much of his early life working with his Dad and brothers building homes. He graduated from St. Norbert's College with a BS in Physics, then served in the Navy during the Korean War, where he received special nuclear training. He later earned a Master's of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Northwestern University in conjunction with Oakridge School of Reactor Technology. He spent most of his professional years working as a nuclear physicist for General Atomic in San Diego and Fort St. Vrain nuclear power plant in Colorado. He met the love of his life, Maureen Weber, on a blind date and they were married on October 24, 1953. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Together they raised 8 children while living in Wisconsin, San Diego, and Longmont. He was an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Longmont. Faith, Family, and Friendships guided his life through years of leadership in Marriage Encounter and Marriage Retorno. He was also passionate about working for Social Justice through a variety of ministries. He especially enjoyed traveling, sports, camping trips, and family games believing that "the family that plays and prays together stays together". In his later years he would often be found in the midst of his many grandchildren, leading them in fun and mischief. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Joe Nirschl, and two sisters Mary Louise Nirschl and Florence Szubielski. He is survived by his one brother, Fr. Nicholas Nirschl. He is also survived by his wife, Maureen Nirschl, and children, Joe (Joanne) Nirschl, Chris (Sherry) Nirschl, Tom (Gwen) Nirschl, Monica (Neil) Schmoker, Matt (Rosemary) Nirschl, Alissa (Steve) Kegler, Celeste (Gilbert) Salinas, and Nick (Remy) Nirschl. Grandchildren are Jennifer, Branden, Michael, Breckin (Joe Nirschl), Christin, Dustin (Chris Nirschl), Leah, Heidi, Madeline (Tom Nirschl), Nick, Steven, Katie, Brian (Monica Schmoker), Elisabeth (Matt Nirschl), Matthew, Hannah (Alissa Kegler), Maureen, Monica, Emily, Zachary (Celeste Salinas), Nicole, and Richie (Nick Nirschl), 9 special great-grandchildren, and honorary family members, Phil & Lynne Bienvenu as well as many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Norbertine Community of New Mexico (5825 Coors Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121) or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Food Bank or Stephen Ministry program. There will be a gathering of family and friends on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 6 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. The Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church followed by a reception in Benedict Hall. Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
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Published in TimesCall.com on Mar. 30, 2014