Mary Jane Kirchner

Mary Jane Kirchner

Mayfield Heights - Mary Jane Kirchner was born Mary Jane Mullen November 15, 1929 in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania to Iva Lafferty and John Mullen, with her brother John R. Mullen Jr., also deceased. She died on December 4, 2020 at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. For the last several years, she has been a resident of the Atrium at Anna Maria in Aurora, Ohio.

Jane is survived by her children, Vaughan Amaré and Lisa Freebairn; their partners, Mykal Amaré and Tom Ligman; and Vaughan's daughters, Emily and Elizabeth Aimette Freebairn. She leaves behind a beloved extended family and group of friends too large to name.

Jane filled her life with loving family and friends. She was a devout Catholic, and most recently a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Aurora. She attended Penn State University and graduated in 1951. Jane married Robert Freebairn Jr. in 1954 and they had two children, eventually divorcing in 1986. In 2004, Jane married James Kirchner, and was with him until he passed in 2013.

Jane's fondest memories of her professional life include her job with Time-Life magazine as an advertising space salesperson. After her children were born, Jane became a realtor with Cary & Associates, The Realty Shoppe, and Allison Company Realty. Jane found another outlet for her welcoming nature as an administrative assistant at Notre Dame Girls' Academy. She remained an active member of Chi Omega Sorority for most of her life. She enjoyed many social activities, including Garden Club, a Potluck group, and bridge groups.

Jane lived and loved unselfishly and completely. She delighted in sending cards and letters to friends and family, always making sure they knew how closely she held them in her thoughts and in her heart. A patron of the arts, Jane loved attending the theater, especially to see her daughter perform in Chagrin Falls and her granddaughters perform in school plays in Seattle. She loved classic films (especially MGM musicals and Turner classic movies) and the music of the 40s and 50s. Her favorite film (and book) was Gone with the Wind.

An online memorial service will be held on January 17, 2021 at 4 p.m. Interment will happen at her family plot in Pittsburgh, when circumstances allow for in person gatherings once again. See for details as they're released.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider donating to WKHR 91.5 FM (, where her daughter Lisa will continue playing Jane's favorite songs for her. Arrangements by Murphy Funeral Home, Chagrin Falls. Please sign Tribute Wall at:

Posted online on December 23, 2020