Hilda Marie Kirsch

June 8, 1924June 12, 2014
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Hilda Marie (Priest) Kirsch age 90 died at Oak Creek Terrace, in Kettering on June 12, 2014. She was born the daughter of Grover Cleveland & Margaret (Chamberlain) Priest on June 8, 1924 in Franklin Ohio. Hilda is preceded in death by her loving husband of 44 years Robert J. Kirsch, her father Grover Cleveland Priest and mother Margaret (Chamberlain), brothers Everett and Harold (and his wife Imogene), sisters Edith Chenweth ( and her husband Miles), Helen Shotwell ( and her husband Robert), Irene Jones ( and her husband Charles), brother – in – law Charles Kirsch, sister – in – law Marjorie Lantzy ( and brother – in – law Carl), sister – in – law Jean Holtz, infant great-grandson Paul Michael Schroyer. She is survived by her four sons whom she reminded everyone of how much she loved them – Robert S. (Peggy) of Dixon, Mo; John W. ( Judy) of Washington Township, OH; Thomas E. (Wendi) of Fairborn, OH; and Michael J. (Bonnie) of Nashport, OH. 12 grandchildren Benjamin (Tammy), Andrew (Danielle), David (Brandi), Lauren (Andrew) Watson – Cowen, James, Kevin, Matthew (Rachel) Katherine (Adam) Schroyer, Amy (Josh) O’Reilly, Angie (Chris) Harris, Michael (Katelyn) and Amanda (Andrew) Harper. 17 great – grandchildren Haley, Jordan, Noah, Madalynn, Jazmine, Isabella, Michael, Logan, Zachary, Marian, Simon, Therese, Jack, Baby Schroyer, Cody, Aiden, and Regan. Sister – in – laws – Leona Priest of Franklin, OH; Joan (Kirsch) Giffing of Ebensburg PA; brother – in – law William Holtz of Hastings, PA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and their families. Hilda was a graduate of Franklin High School Class of 1942, where she played the clarinet in the band. While in high school she was recruited to work at the base. She loved working at the base thus the two stints before / after raising her children. She was employed at WPAFB – July, 1942 September, 1950 and May, 1984 to December, 1989. She also worked in the Mary, Help of Christians cafeteria from 1964 -1983. Later she worked at the Fairborn Department Store from 1995 – 1997, and then at Lazarus/ Macys from 1998 – 2002. Hilda was a faithful member of the Mary, Help of Christians Catholic Church for 65 years. She was a past member of – Marion Circle no. 911 Daughters of Isabella, Altar Rosary Society, Church Festival Committee, among many others. She immensely enjoyed the company of her husband, children, their wives, their children and her many relatives and friends. Mom loved to play bingo and card games like bridge, be involved with charitable and church groups and pursued activities that allowed her to be with her family and friends. Mom was a passionate person who lived life to the fullest. Friends may call on Monday, June 16, 2014 9AM to 11AM at Mary, Help of Christians Catholic Church, 954 N. Maple Ave. Fairborn, Ohio. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 11AM. Interment will follow at Byron Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please provide a monetary gift to Hospice of Dayton. We are indebted to them for their compassionate care of our mother in her final weeks. Online condolences may be left for the family at


  • Visitation Monday, June 16, 2014
  • Mass Service Monday, June 16, 2014

Hilda Marie Kirsch

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June 17, 2014

Bob and Hilda were such wonderful neighbors during our 17 years of living across the street from them. They were so proud of their sons and grandchildren. Memories of them are precious to us.
Sue and Gary Tatum, Lebanon, TN

June 16, 2014

Mrs. Kirsch was always nice...even when we weren't. Tony

Charley Lee

June 16, 2014

What a great lady! My older brother and I grew up across the street from the Kirsch family in one of the greatest neighborhoods known to boys. While Mrs. Kirsch and the other neighborhood mothers kept an eye on the play, they rarely got involved and only then if swearing or bullying was involved. Roughhousing, wrestling, and all that goes with sports and play was fair game. Hilda and Bob set the bar high for their boys and if our parents brought up the Kirsch name it was usually followed by “fine young boys”; the ultimate compliment. After leaving the Marines in 1984 one of the first stops I made was the Kirsch front door and despite not seeing me for 10 years both Mr. & Mrs. recognized me instantly and welcomed me into their house like a son.

Michael Lantzy

June 15, 2014

Aunt Hilda Kirsch was just too nice a spirit to have passed without leaving all of us who have lost her a loving memory. Now she is home with her true love, Uncle Bob, along with her Parents, Grandmom & Grandpap Kirsch, as well as her brothers and sisters.
All of us now have a very nice reason to smile.

June 15, 2014

I will never forget my Aunt Hilda and her passionate love for her husband, Uncle Bob and of course her four boys. They were everything to her. We know without a doubt that Aunt Hilda is enjoying her reunion in heaven with her true love, Uncle Bob and her parents , family and friends. She is at peace and instead of praying for her we can now pray to her. Rest in peace Aunt Hilda- we will always love you and remember your smiling eyes. Niece Sharon

Bill Holtz

June 15, 2014

To the Kirsch Family....another Giant in our lives has gone to the Lord. Aunt Hilda leaves behind a Legacy of outstanding family to continue her genuine kindness, love, and sincere warmth. She has always held a special place in my heart and even during our recent visit to Fairborn, in her last days, she was still able to share that warmth with us. My Dad, sister, and I are humbled by the visit and appreciated the hospitality shown to us by Tom and Wendi. It is comforting that she is now with Uncle Bob & extended family in Heaven. Peace to you all.

Dwayne Bickham

June 14, 2014

In God's care rest in peace

Angie Harris

June 14, 2014

Grandma, I will miss your laughter, you waiving goodbye to us on the porch and saying, "See you later alligator", your hands giving my hand a welcoming grip, and hearing you say, "I love ya". Give Grandpa a hug for us, and tell him my son Cody will say, "I am calling the police", just like he did. I love this family you made. Love you so much!

Debbie K.

June 14, 2014

The greatest legacy you leave behind is the family you and Bob raised; they will continue to pass down respect, laughter, and mostly love to all those around them. I strive to be strong and happy as you always were. I cry tears for the loss that is upon us, but I also cry for the joy I know you have now found. Be in peace and know you will never be forgotten, and you will always be loved.

Amanda Harper

June 14, 2014

Grandma, we will miss you but your love and the sound of your laughter will forever remain music to our hearts. You and Grandpa raised four amazing boys and I am forever grateful for the father you have blessed us with. I love you.