Maria Rita Hirsch
March 11, 1950 – February 6, 2019
Maria Rita Hirsch, 68, passed away February 6th, 2019. Rita was born March 11th, 1950 in Messina, Sicily in Italy. She is survived by her daughter, Anna Maria (Sean) Weber; sons: John (Julie) Hirsch III and Charles (Ashleigh) Hirsch; sister, Katia LoGreco; brothers: Giuseppe LoGreco, Robert (Kim) LoGreco, and Peter (Sienna) LoGreco; her beloved grandchildren: Drew and Gabby Garcia, Scarlett Hirsch, Hayes Weber, and two more expected this summer. Many nieces and nephews have called her Aunt Rita or Zia Rita. She was predeceased by her husband, John F. Hirsch, Jr. and her parents: Gaetano LoGreco and Paola Noto.
Talk about plot twists, Rita’s life was full of them. Born in Italy to a Physician and homemaker, she was brought to the U.S. unexpectedly at the age of 7. She attended boarding school and quickly had to learn English! After college, Rita returned to Sicily to get reacquainted with her Mother. After a couple of years of flirting with Italian men, she met her future husband, a Navy pilot, John Hirsch. After a quick courtship and a wild wedding, John and Rita landed in Chicago and began their life together. With very few dull moments in between, they welcomed three children and built a happy life together in Orange Park, Florida. Rita was an amazing Mother who raised her kids on love, cuddles, and lots of pasta. She spent her free time playing tennis with the other crazy tennis ladies, dressing up in themed costumes with her rowdy book club of 20 years, and volunteering enthusiastically for St. Vincent de Paul through her parish, St. Catherine’s. She also spent a significant amount of time trying to unsuccessfully wrangle her husband (and as we all know, secretly enjoyed it). Rita fought valiantly through two bouts of cancer with her signature strength and grace.
A visitation will be held 6-8 PM Tuesday February 12, 2019 at HARDAGE-GIDDENS RIVERMEAD FUNERAL HOME 127 Blanding Blvd Orange Park, FL 32073. A funeral service will be 10:30 AM Wednesday February 13, 2019 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church 1649 Kingsley Ave Orange Park, FL 32073; a committal service will follow at Jacksonville National Cemetery 4083 Lannie Rd Jacksonville, FL 32218. We invite you to leave words of comfort and fun anecdotes at www.hardage-giddensrivermead.com. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Vincent de Paul via St. Catherine’s Catholic Church are appreciated.
- She is survived by her daughter, Anna Maria (Sean) Weber; sons: John (Julie) Hirsch III and Charles (Ashleigh) Hirsch; sister, Katia LoGreco; brothers: Giuseppe LoGreco, Robert (Kim) LoGreco, and Peter (Sienna) LoGreco; her beloved grandchildren: Drew and Gabby Garcia, Scarlett Hirsch, Hayes Weber, and two more expected this summer. Many nieces and nephews have called her Aunt Rita or Zia Rita. She was predeceased by her husband, John F. Hirsch, Jr. and her parents: Gaetano LoGreco and Paola Noto.
St. Vincent de Paul via St. Catherine’s Catholic Church
1649 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073
- Visitation Tuesday, February 12, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Maria Rita Hirsch
February 16, 2019
Dear Anna, John and Max, as you know, your Mom was a dear, close friend for so long. We share your deep sadness and will miss her very much. We are grateful to have had her and your Dad in our lives, and for having been able to share so many good times.
Love to you all, John and Sarah
February 12, 2019
I met Rita when she was holding Max in her arms, he was 10 months old. Anna and John were running around the front of their house in Paces Ferry. Mike and I just moved in down the street with our wee ones and it was our daughter's birthday. I asked them to join us as we celebrated, we became fast friends. The Military kept us apart geographically, but never in our hearts. A beautiful lady, an amazing mom, she was blessed with many friends. Thank you God for her special friendship. Keeping her family in our prayers always, a family she was so very proud of and loved dearly. Sincerely, Barbara and Mike Murray
February 11, 2019
In 2011 this wonderful lady entered our lives , leaving a footprint forever on our hearts.
When your daughter marries- you gain a new son and the bonus of a new family.
John & Rita welcomed us into their lives & in 2015 when we moved to Florida, Rita was more than just a part of our extended new family, she became a true friend.
These past few years with our many Mayo trips we had a chance to chat and of course talk about our children. And , she was so proud of her children, sharing many a story. That's what moms do best- brag about our children of course!
This picture is one of my favorites, taken at the Florida Theater in December 2017 at a concert of the Ten Tenors. Rita loved that concert and even asked if we could stick around to get their autographs. It was a fun night, the smiles on Howard & Rita's face says it all. We will cherish the time we had with Rita forever and we will never forget her. Her smile will live on in her grandchildren & in our hearts. We love you. Jac & Howard
Scott & Debra Posgai
February 11, 2019
We were honored to have the wedding of Charles (Max) and Ashleigh at our home. Although we did not get to know you well, your radiance and grace filled the room. We are praying for your family at this difficult time but know wonderful memories of a life well lived will go on ...
February 10, 2019
I am saddened to learn of your mother's death. Your Dad, John (H-Bar) and I were in AOC school at the same time and we were together in our first Navy squadron (VR-24) in Naples, Italy. I was there the night your Dad met your Mom for the first time. A funny incident happened that night involving an Italian/English translation. I can remember your Mom blushing and then laughing with her girlfriends. Years later, she told me what my poor Italian translated to. Very funny night, but, got your Dad and Mom talking. They were both wonderful people who will be greatly missed.
February 10, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember the brief time I was with your family in Beijing, and what a special and heartfelt time it was. Love, Jeff