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Benedict-Kirshman, Lori Jean -

Lori Jean Benedict-Kirshman

Kalamazoo - Lori passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, November 5, 2020, at her home. She was born June 23, 1967, in Kalamazoo, MI, at Bronson Hospital, a daughter of Thomas and Nancy (Reichenbach) Benedict and had been a lifelong area resident. Lori grew up in Otsego and attended Otsego Public Schools. Lori graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor's degree to be able to teach elementary and middle school with an emphasis in Language Arts. She went on to obtain her master's degree in educational leadership from WMU as well. Lori worked at Portage Public Schools for her entire career. She started out at as a teacher at West Middle School, as a teacher at Moorsbridge Elementary, and then became the Principal at Moorsbridge Elementary. She loved her job with a passion….She continued to work 40 hours per week up until 2 weeks before she passed, because it gave her a comfort and strength to be around the families and staff there. To Lori, Family time was precious. She even extended our family to include hockey billets and foreign exchange students that called Kalamazoo home for a while. She loved camping with her family, watching her kids play sports, and other activities. Lori's hobbies included reading, loving on her dogs, shopping, traveling and spending time with friends and family. She enjoyed going to Red Wings games and White Sox games as part of her family time. Lori was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Benedict. On August 3, 1991, Lori married Kyle Kirshman, who survives. Also surviving are their children, Gabrielle, Keagan, and Hallee Kirshman; her mother, Nancy Benedict; sister, Lisa (David) Murdock; parents-in-law, Bill and Corrie Kirshman; sister-in-law, Kim Kirshman; and many, many friends. Private graveside services were held in Genessee Prairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Portage Education Foundation through their website, or via mail to P.O. Box 2043, Portage, MI 49081. Please indicate 'Lori Kirshman Memorial Fund' in the Memo/For field on your check if mailing, or in the Leave Comment section on the website when making your donation. Arrangements entrusted to Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services Messages of condolence may be posted at

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