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Born March 31, 1931, in Brookville, she was the daughter of Charles and Mary (Selm) Metzler.
She graduated from Springfield High School in 1949. On April 11, 1953, she married Paul J. Hirt, Oldenburg, who survives in Greensburg.
She was a longtime member of the Daughters of Isabella, Rural Couples, St. Maurice Catholic Church, and currently of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Greensburg.
As the steward of her family, she played an integral part in the success of her husband's business, the Greensburg Veterinary Clinic. She played the sideline role of manning the two-way radio after hours as Dr. Hirt was out on the road on his vet calls. She loved their cattle farm, where she was often found helping Paul move cattle, working in the garden, tending to her flowers or cooking a fabulous meal for family and friends.
Her favorite pastime was following and supporting her children and grandchildren in their many activities. Marlene spent many years warming a seat at the Decatur County 4-H Fair and Indiana State Fair cattle shows. In support of her love for the showmanship portion of the cattle shows, she worked alongside Paul on the Tom Swain Showmanship Committee for many years. She was truly the backbone and matriarch of the Hirt family. She taught us that family comes first, to stand up for what you believe, and if something isn't right to fix it now! Her faith in God and love of family were abundantly clear. We take comfort in knowing that she is now dancing with Jesus.
She will be truly missed by her surviving family, which includes her husband; two sons and daughter-in-law: David Hirt, Greensburg, and Mark and Carol Hirt, Greensburg; four daughters and sons-in-law: Cindy and Larry McCamment, Greensburg, Mary Jo and Jeff Lee, Greensburg, Susan Lecher, Greensburg, and Lisa and Mike Sigmon, Berryville, Arizona; brothers and sisters-in-law Charles and Ruth Metzler, Chicago, Richard and Peg Metzler, Indianapolis, and Barbara Metzler, Conroe, Texas; grandchildren Keegan (Katie) McCamment, Kieran (Becky) McCamment, Heather (Scott) Koors, Devin (Katie) Hirt, Sarah Hirt, Cheyenne Lee, Trevor Lee, Takisha Lee, Kylee Sigmon and Logan Sigmon; great-grandchildren Nolan McCamment, Payton Koors, Victoria Koors, Presston Saylor and Madyson Saylor; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brothers Nelson Metzler and Robert Metzler and son-in-law Jerry "Pete" Lecher.
Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home, Greensburg, with a rosary being prayed at 2:30 p.m. Funeral services will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m. with Father John Meyer officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Greensburg.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Decatur County, 1201 N. Lincoln St., Greensburg, IN 47240; or St. Mary's Building Fund, 1331 E. Hunter Robbins Way, Greensburg, IN 47240.
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