First Posted: 7/19/2006


MARY ELLEN HIRN, 94, died at 12:15 a.m. July 18, 2006, at Roselawn Manor Nursing Home, Spencerville.

She was born Feb. 15, 1912, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Herman Oscar and Ellen Marie Walsh Vielkind, who preceded her in death. On May 21, 1933, she married Clarence R. "Lefty" Hirn, who died Dec. 11, 1961, from injuries in an auto/pedestrian accident.

Mrs. Hirn had been a seamstress at Wierwille Furniture Factory, Spencerville, and had worked in home health care. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, Lima, and had been a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Spencerville, and its Alter Rosary Society. She was a 1930 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School, Celina, where she was valedictorian, and a 1932 graduate of St. Marys College of Commerce. She had lived at Roselawn Manor Nursing Home for the last three years and had also lived in Lima, Monticello and Delphos.

Survivors include six sons, C. Robert (Marie) Hirn Jr. of Delphos, Joseph E. (Toyoko) Hirn of Forest Park, Thomas F. (Betty) Hirn of Lima, Gerald J. (Carol) Hirn of Ohio City and James T. (Sandy) Hirn and Ted M. (Donna) Hirn, both of Spencerville; two daughters, Rosemary E. (Gregory) Wells and Maureen A. (Lindsay) Miller, both of Spencerville; a sister, Rita F. Wangler of Fort Recovery; two sisters-in-law, Katherine Ross of Rockford and Alice Burnett of St. Marys; and 37 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, infant Charles E. and Michael N. Hirn; a brother, Joseph Vielkind; and an infant sister, Geraldine Vielkind.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos. Father Charles Obinwa will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, where a prayer service will be held at 8:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the activity fund at Roselawn Manor Nursing Home or to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

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