Friday, July 11, 2014 Tammuz 13, 5774
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Hildegard,HIRSCH M.D. (nee Moses) on Tuesday, March 5th at 100 years of age. Born in Berlin Germany, Hildegard married Erich Hirsch and left in 1933 as Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany.  She headed to Pisa Italy where she had to learn a new language and attended medical school (very rare for a woman in the 1930s); she graduated in 1938 and moved to upstate Geneva New York where she passed the New York State medical exams in 1939 (in another new language).  She successfully practiced general family medicine for many years (retired in 1980 at 68 years of age).  She became the first female president of the medical staff at the local hospital as well as a founding member of the first synagogue in Geneva New York.  Hildegard moved to Waverly Heights Retirement Community in Gladwyne PA, with her husband Erich in 1998, where she spent the remainder of her days with visits from family and making many new friends.  Hildegard is survived by her two children - Peter Hirsch and Lillian Stern Herczfeld, five grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.  She will be missed.  A memorial service will be held at Waverly Heights on Sunday, April 14th at 3 pm.  Contributions to Temple Beth-El, 755 South Main Street, Geneva, NY 14456.

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