Hilda "Sally" E. Dirrim

April 13, 1921June 23, 2020

Hilda “Sally” E. Dirrim, 99, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Greystone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born April 13, 1921 in Sudbury Ontario, Canada, she was a daughter of the late Peter M. and Edith R.B. (Haystead) Paquette. A graduate of Redford High School, Detroit, Mich., she was later employed with the Social Security Office, Tristate College, U.S. District Attorney’s Office, and the V.A. Medical Center, from which she retired in 1981. She enjoyed birds and dogs, playing cards, dancing with her husband, and bowling. She is survived by her daughters, Valerie Stroh of Auburn, Ind., Ellen (Mike) Brown of Auburn, Ind., and Teri Knapp of Auburn, Ind.; five grandchildren, Laura Rossi, Chelsea (Brent) Merkle, Abbe (Jeff) Harpp, Keri Virgo, Dane (Amanda) Knapp; great-grandchildren, Tia, Tawnie, Connor, Samantha, Harrison, Cash, Finley, Drayton, Ava, Maurica, and Dane II; and great great-grandchild, Blair; step-grandchildren, Josh Brown, Lisa (Matt) Kubiak, Amber (Kevin) Vaughn, and Justin (Matthew Cooper) Uphold; and step great-grandchildren, Harper, Bentley, Hutcherson, Graham, Vivian, Kaleb, Ayden, Mayson, Bryson, and Delahney. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Dirrim. There are no services scheduled at this time. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Canada. Memorials may be made to Cause for Cash, 5k Run/Walk on August 22, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., 6835E. Southport Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46237. For online condolences, please visit


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Hilda "Sally" E. Dirrim

have a memory or condolence to add?

Janet Andersen (Cooper)

June 29, 2020

So sad to hear of Aunt Sals passing
It has been a tough year
I remember fondly the American Cousins coming to visit and Aunt Sal and Uncle Bill letting us stay in the camper with the cousins
We were all excited and wide eyed. What a thrill to spent time with her .
Fran and her had the typical sister love / hate relationship
How tragic and at the same time wonderful that they passed 4 days apart
I know Sal , Bill ,Fran and Jim are catching up over a few beers. Wigs and all !
Take care of each other cousins.

Randy Cooper

June 29, 2020

Sincere condolences to Val, Ellen and Terri (plus extended family) on the passing of your mother, my Aunt Sal. I never knew she was born in Sudbury! I recall her many visits to our place in Deep River and to Grandma's house in Parry Sound. Funny what you remember.....she always brought a big bag of candy for us kids to share, and we used to destroy it. She was always very kind to us and a great Aunt. We always got excited when the Dirrim's were visiting. - great parties and fun. When we got older, we even drank a few beers (Strohs Bohemian) with Aunt Sal. I recall staying at your house in Auburn during a visit, and I had to go into the back yard to hang up my beach towel. That damned black rabbit came right after me, chasing me and trying to bite at my ankles. Sal was in the kitchen window watching all this, and howling with laughter as I took my beach towel and snapped at the rabbit to stop the stupid thing from attacking my ankles. I hung up my towel and came into the kitchen to her complete laughter. I told her, "Thanks for the warning about your mental rabbit". We then looked out the kitchen window, and the damned rabbit was chewing on my towel....pulling pieces out of it with its teeth. Damnedest thing I can remember about Sal and that visit! Anyway, may she rest in great peace, but not that rabbit! Love you all - Cousin Randy