1935 – 2019
Ruby Helene Martha Hirch (nee Ciesla) of Bow Island, beloved wife of the late Ed Hirch, has gone to be with her Lord passing away at the Bow Island Health Centre on Friday, August 23, 2019, at the age of 83 years. Ruby was born in Lethbridge, Alberta. Through the local Lutheran church, she met Edmund. After graduating from the Galt School of Nursing in Lethbridge in 1956, they married. She worked at the Lethbridge hospital for several years. In 1963, they followed Ed’s passion for farming, moving to Bow Island where together, they started and successfully grew their grain and cattle operation. Ruby was known for her tenderness and kindness in caring for those around her. This developed into a vast number of close friends that will forever treasure their friendship with Ruby. She was very involved in Zion Lutheran Church including Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Bible Study. Ruby was especially proud of how she and others sewed thousands of quilts over the years which were shipped to those in need around the world. One of the many ways she served God was sharing her pianist talents through church services, Sunday School and hymn sings at senior gatherings. One of Oma’s favourite things was spending time with her grandchildren which sometimes required spending hours on the bus travelling to see them. It wasn’t uncommon for her to spend hours reading books along with a few “giggle fests”. Ruby will be lovingly remembered by her three children: Richard (Barbara), David (Janet), Christine (Darren) and eight grandchildren: Grayson, Aliya, Benjamin, Alexander, Ariana, Anika, Audra and Kristopher. She is also survived by her sister, Inge (George) Hoffman and brother, Paul (Kathleen) Ciesla. She was predeceased by her “Eddie Boy” (Edmund) and their daughter Paula. A Celebration of Ruby’s life will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, 104 – 2 Avenue West, Bow Island, on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Bow Island Cemetery with a luncheon thereafter at the Royal Canadian Legion, 202 – 5 Avenue East, Bow Island. Special thanks to the staff at the Bow Island Pleasant View Lodge, Bow Island Health Centre and especially Dr. Tawfeeq for their special care to our Mom these last two years. Memorial donations in Ruby’s name may be made directly to the Canadian Lutheran World Relief, #600 – 177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 0W5 or to the Bow Island and District Health Foundation, P.O. Bag 3990, Bow Island, Alberta, T0K 0G0.
1935 – 2019
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Ruby Hirch..
Death notice for the town of: Medicine-Hat, Province: Alberta