Bonnie Hirschy, 82, Wayland, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at the Parkview Home in Wayland.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Olson – Powell Memorial Chapel where the family will receive friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, at the Wayland Mennonite Church with the Revs. Kelly Slagel and Loren Hirschy officiating. A private family burial will be held at the North Hill Cemetery. Memorials have been established to Parkview Home and Wayland Mennonite Church. Online condolences may be directed to www.olsonpowell.com.
She was born June 14, 1931, in Wayland, and was the daughter of Samuel and Myrtle Zehr Elder. She grew up in Wayland. She was a member of the Wayland Mennonite Church.
In 1948, she graduated from Wayland High School. On March 19, 1949, she married J. Duwaine Hirschy. The couple lived in Wayland and then in rural Trenton before moving to Wayland again in 1965.
Her occupations included working at Hileman’s Bakery and Dutch Wenger’s grocery store in Wayland, baking pies and biscuits at the Iris Restaurant in Mt. Pleasant, nurse’s aide at Parkview Home and Rosses Electronic in Washington.
In 1973, she graduated from Southeastern Community College with a degree in licensed practical nursing. She worked as an LPN Charge Nurse for the Pleasant Manor Care Center in Mt. Pleasant, the Washington Hospital Long Term Care Unit and the Long Term Care Unit at the Mt. Pleasant Henry County Health Center. She served as a nurse for 23 years from 1973-1996, being highly respected for her caring, compassionate ways.
She served in Wayland Mennonite Church as junior choir director, was a member of the Friendly Helpers Sunday school class and Bible school Teacher.
She also attended Faith Christian Outreach Church in Mt. Pleasant. She served on the prayer team ministry, the praise and worship team, taught Vacation Bible School, and the nursing home ministry.
She loved flower gardening, reading, baking and cooking, spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children, Dr. Larry (Connie) Hirschy of Chariton, Faye (Darrell) Schultz of Mt. Pleasant, Kaye (Dwayne) Johnson of Wayland and the Rev. Loren (Joy) Hirschy of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren;
She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Duwaine Hirschy; her parents; her brother, James Elder; her sister, Nancy Olson.