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Cleopha A. Hirt, 93, Oldenburg, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, at St. Andrews Health Campus.
Born May 18, 1923, in Franklin County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Catherine (Harpring) and Joseph Giesting. She married Edward Hirt Feb. 19, 1944, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Brookville, and he preceded her in death June 29, 1993.
Cleo for years cleaned the jets at the Hillenbrand Airport where the pilots affectionately called her "mom." She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, the Daughters of Isabella, Oldenburg Knights of St. John Ladies Auxiliary and was a charter member of the 500 card club.
Cleo was a kind, generous soul who loved unconditionally and was a friend to all. She enjoyed being with people and certainly never met a stranger, but more importantly, she preferred hearing about you rather than having the conversation focused on her. She also had the gift of being able to relate to both young and old alike. According to her family, Cleo was an excellent cook who wanted to feed you if you stopped for a visit but, ironically, will be missed for her Rice Krispies Treats. She enjoyed watching "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy." Having grown up through the Depression, Cleo never threw anything away, and her kids teased that Mom was the original recycler long before recycling was fashionable.
She is survived by daughters Darlene Hirt, Batesville, Doris (Jeff) McKee, Carmel, and Donna Hirt, Indianapolis; sons Denny (Jackie), Villa Hills, Kentucky, and Richard, Oldenburg; sisters Pauline Gillman, Harrison, Ohio, and Rosemary Stercz, Cincinnati; daughters-in-law Lynn Hirt-Davis, Naples, Florida, and Mary Pfeiffer, Batesville; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by sons David and Dale; brothers Leonard, Frank "Doc," Joseph, John, Virgil "Cap" and Arnold Giesting; sister Edna Sidell; and daughter-in-law Carol Trexler.
Visitation is Friday, Aug. 12, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home with a rosary service at 4 p.m. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Holy Family Church with the Rev. David Kobak, O.F.M., officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family requests memorials to the Oldenburg Academy Capital Campaign or Holy Family Cemetery Fund.
Published on August 9, 2016
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