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Wallace E. "Wally" Hirschfeld

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“Wally had to have been one of the friendliest people around, I would see him from time to time different places. He always made the time to say hello...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Linda Reier Erb

“Hey, Eric. I saw that your dad had passed away. Please know that I am praying for you and hope the experiences with family and friends will be very...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Dale Wine - Fairfield Township, OH

“Dear Erik, Janna and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you in your sorrow and allow you to celebrate with joy the life...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Katherine Loyer Will - MI

“Dear Erik & Janna We are very sorry for the loss of your father. I remember him well as my favorite Sunday School teacher In my teen years. God Bless...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Ted & Terry Wagner - New Bremen, OH

“To Eric, Janna and all of your family,We send our condolences to you at the passing of your dad/grandpa. We are dancing friends of Eric and Janna...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“We were saddened to hear of Wally's passing. Our condolences to his family. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Fred & Pam Hirschfeld - Naples, FL

“Wally was the firstborn grandchild of Edward and Elizabeth Hirschfeld , the firstborn of Victor and Mandy Hirschfeld, and my oldest cousin. His...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Marjorie Ankerman Feuser - Naples, FL

“Death is inevitable. Dad had a good, long life. Few people of his generation had the experiences and opportunities he had. Few have the chance to...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Judy Hirschfeld - OH - daughter


Of New Bremen died on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 11:15 A.M. at Elmwood Assisted Living of New Bremen. He was born on April 11, 1923 near Chickasaw in Mercer County, Ohio to the late Victor E. and Amanda (Topp) Hirschfeld. On April 27, 1946 he married Edna L. Wiehe who died on April 17, 1985. Survivors include his children Judy Hirschfeld of Upper Arlington, Ohio, Bryan (Donna Jones) Hirschfeld of St. Marys, and Erik (Janna) Hirschfeld of St. Marys, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a sister Shirley (Don) Luedeke of New Bremen. Along with his wife, Wally was preceded in death by a son Craig Hirschfeld, and his sisters Eldora Orwig and Gloria Katterheinrich.

Wally was a member of First Church – New Knoxville, and had attended St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen. He was a 1940 graduate of Memorial High School of St. Marys. Wally was a life-long farmer and was also active with the Ohio Farm Bureau. He was first elected to the Farm Bureau in 1963 where he served six years on the board as a representative of district ten. He then went on to be elected President of the Farm Bureau. Through the Farm Bureau he was also nominated as a representative to Brazil in search of gasohol. He served six years on the Nationwide Insurance Board, and was appointed by Governor Rhodes on a Trade Mission to Europe. He served with Farmers World Affairs and spent 46 days covering 2,000 miles in India. He enjoyed woodworking, planting trees, traveling, polka dancing, and at age 90 wrote a book about his life entitled "From the Mud Road to the Moon."

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home of New Bremen with the Rev. Becky Erb Strang officiating. Interment will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery of New Bremen. Calling Hours will be held on Sunday, November 29, 2015 from 2:00 until 5:00 P.M. at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen, and one hour prior to the services on Monday. Condolences to the Hirschfeld family may be left online at