Lu Hirsch


September 19, 2016 - 12:00 AM

 Anna Luetta “Lu” Hirsch, 82, Fort Myers, Fla., died Sept. 13, 2016 in Fort Myers.
She was born Jan. 22, 1934, in a log cabin built by her father, at Peers, Alberta, Canada.
It was 40 degrees below zero on Jan. 22. She is the daughter of Neil Kenneth and Anna (Isinger) Conover, both deceased. A brother, Dwight Kenneth Conover, preceded her in death in an auto accident on March 25, 1971, near Rolla, Mo. Her daughter, Dianne Jill Miller Lange, preceded her on June 23, 2006, in Madison, Wisc. One sister, Velma F. Conover Clemons, lives in Bentonville, Ark. Velma’s children, two nieces and two nephews, two grandnieces, seven grandnephews, one great- great-niece and two great-great-nephews.
Harold Emil Hirsch preceded her on June 13, 2009, at their home in Cross Creek Estates, Fort Myers.
They were married almost 27 years. A stepdaughter, Wendy (Mark) Waggoner, Austin, Texas; a stepson Wayne H. Hirsch, Montello, Wisc.; and a brother-in-law, Emil (Alice) Hirsch, Chicago; survive her along with two children from the united marriage to Delbert Lorraine Miller, Lake Geneva, Wisc., deceased November 2014, and Ken Schultz, dear companion, Fort Myers.
One son, Delbert Lynn (Nancy) Miller, Seattle, Wash., and daughter, Kathleen Ann (Dennis) Miller Rich. Daughter Dianne once wrote: Once upon a memory, someone wiped away a tear, held me close and loved me, thank you Mother dear.
Lu had a passionate love for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Ian Theodore (Maryam) Rich and daughters, Alexandra Nicole Rich and Stella Rose Rich, Park Ridge, Ill.; adopted grandsons, Javier and Roberto Rich.
Kyle Robert Miller, Jackelyn Miller and Tara Marie (Louie) Brothers, Seattle; Jessica Ann (Josh) Schultze, daughter, Angelina Ann Dow and son Hunter Herman Dow of Jefferson, Wisc.; Dr. Sara Dianne (Peter) Sholts of Iron Mountain, Mich., and Carl Thomas (Heather) Lange and daughter, River Anne Lange and son Kierian Thomas Lange, Cottage Grove, Wisc. Stepgrandchildren Matthew W. Hirsch, Ackworth, Ga.; Brynn W. Waggoner and Eric M. Waggoner of Austin and Matthew Robert Lucas, Bristol, Conn.
Lu was a graduate of Iola High School, and attended classes at Allen County Community College. Leaving Alberta at a young age, she lived in Port Angeles, Wash., Santa Paula, Calif., Kansas and Madison, Wisc., until moving in 1994 to their home in Fort Myers. Her favorite pastime since retirement was traveling and playing bridge with friends and various groups.
Her life was a blessing, her memory a treasure, we love her beyond words and we will miss her beyond measure.
Her first employment was at St. John’s Hospital, Allen County, as an aide; clerking at S. H. Kress, Iola; office work for Allen County Agricultural Extension Agents; bookkeeping at Miller’s Appliance store, Iola; then office work at Wisconsin Hospital Association, Madison, before serving 18 years at Mead and Hunt, Inc., Consulting Engineers in Madison, when she retired at age 56. Before retirement, her community services included PTA President, playing in the percussion section of the local symphony group and community band and volunteered as Treasurer for the First Christian Church, all in Iola, prior to relocating her family to Madison, where she served at the election polls. In Fort Myers she was a “SHINE” volunteer.
Lu was listed as an organ donor and tolerated her heart illness since 2000 with a defibrillator and pacemaker accepting with much grace the many defibrillator shocks to keep her alive.
This poem was written by the surviving daughters of Lulu Conover, Lu’s Grandmother, who died in 1944.
Mother mine, you were patient and kind-
No better mother will we ever find-
It is so sweet to know there is someone
who will be waiting for us to come.
You were understanding, loving and true,
A Christian soul who will dwell in the heavens blue;
You will be happy with your friends up there –
and the guiding star will shine down on us somewhere.”
Celebration of Life for Lu Hirsch was Sunday in Fort Myers. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Fort Myers, or American Heart Association. Interment will follow at a later date.

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