Lydia Diaz Kirchner, formerly of Plumstead Township, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was 65.
Born June 23, 1955, in Brooklyn, NY, Lydia was the daughter of Hilda Moreno Diaz and Rafael Gutiérrez Diaz. She was the loving wife of Ted Kirchner, to whom she was married for 41 years, and a devoted mother to her biological children Brian and Vanessa Kirchner and her “adopted” son Thomas Kerfoot.
For over 40 years, Lydia brightened her surrounding world with her Interior Design firm Images Design & Interiors. During her time operating Images Design and Interiors, Lydia successfully designed and decorated dozens of model homes, private interiors, and commercial real estate offices and country clubs. In 2000, Lydia was listed in the Great Designers of the World and Who’s Who in Interior Design, and received numerous accolades for her work in the industry.
A graduate of English at Villanova University, Lydia was a talented writer and an avid reader. Her first literary loves were for F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Agatha Christie. Much to the joy of her family and friends, Lydia was a passionate and gifted cook. For those who knew her, Lydia enjoyed the opportunity to serve multi-course dinners to her family and friends, as she shared her particular strengths in both French and Cuban cuisine. Lydia and her husband, Ted, also loved to travel and continually returned to Hawaii, a place that offered them some of their happiest memories.
Above all else, Lydia loved and cared deeply for her family. Though she suffered from her own health issues, Lydia spent her post-professional years supporting and caring for her husband, parents, and children. Since moving to Bucks County, Lydia’s home remained an open door, and she stood by her family and friends during times of great illness, pain, and personal loss. In particular, Lydia’s steadfast devotion to her husband during his period of illness stands as a testament to her love and strength as a wife, mother, and caregiver.
In addition to her mother Hilda Moreno Diaz, Lydia is survived by: daughter Vanessa Kirchner of Doylestown, son Brian Kirchner and wife Kaitlyn Huczko of Brooklyn, son Thomas Kerfoot and husband P.J. DiGiacomo of Bensalem, sister Hilda Luciano and husband Robert of Dumont, NJ, nephews Jeremy Luciano and wife Joan, and Robert Luciano and wife Carla, and her beloved dog Sherlock.
Family and friends are invited to join Lydia’s family from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at Joseph A. Fluehr, III Funeral Home, 241 E. Butler Ave., New Britain, PA 18901. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, April 9, 2021, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 235 E State St, Doylestown, PA 18901. For those who cannot attend the funeral service in-person, a live stream link is available. Interment for Lydia will be privately held at a later date.
Lydia loved flowers and flowers can be ordered through Teleflora florist, Carousel Flowers at www.carouselflowersonline.com. Lydia also received exceptional care at Doylestown Hospital and was so grateful to all her nurses and doctors there. Those wishing to do so, may make a memorial donation in her name in support of Doylestown Health. Checks made payable to “Doylestown Health Foundation” can be sent to 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901. Donations can also be received online at DoylestownHealthFoundation.org/tribute.
Thursday, April 8th, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, New Britain
241 East Butler Avenue
New Britain, PA 18901
Friday, April 9th, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
235 E. State Street
Doylestown, PA 18901