Rockdale,TX Class of 1965
Dennis Ray Hirt
4719 CR 158
Evant, TX 76525
I have been browsing through the Rockdale High School website this morning. Brings back a lot of old memories, especially the reunions.
Bonnie (Armstrong) and I connected at the 1995 reunion and have been together since shortly after that occasion. We both divorced our first spouses and committed to each other after that.
In 1997 I bought a small place near a community called Pearl. Yes, it is on the map, located about 10 miles southeast of Evant, Texas. I moved here full time in 2001 and Bonnie moved up here full time in 2003. A small acreage stocked with Barbadoe sheep, deer, birds, and sometimes grandkids.
I retired from Alcoa in 2000, but worked part time for contractors there until 2002. Then did some telecommuting for them until 2006. Bonnie went to work for the prison system here in 2003, leaving Dillard's in Austin after 15 years.
She plans to retire in the near future and we want to travel more. We have been to the northeast twice, the northwest, Canada, and several times to Colorado. I would like to talk her into spending most of the summers in cooler climates after she retires. Kind of a reverse snowbird thing.
We do see a few old classmates periodically, but would love to hear from anybody. Email and telephone number is still the same.
Dennis Hirt & Bonnie Armstrong (2006)
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(February 1, 1921 - June 11, 2013)
Leona E. Hirt of Gatesville, formerly of Rockdale passed away on Tuesday June 11, 2013 in Gatesville at the age of 92.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday June 17, 2013 at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale with Pastor Ed Truelson of Peace Lutheran Church officiating.
There is no visitation for Mrs. Hirt.
Leona was born on February 1, 1921 to the late Charles and Marie (Kattner) Merkord in Detmold near Thorndale. She and Lonnie W. Hirt were married on September 14, 1941 in Thorndale. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Rockdale for many years. They were very involved with the church youth in what used to be called Luther League. Leona and Lonnie made their home in Rockdale raising three boys, Dennis, Donald and Darrell.
Leona worked as a clerk at Stricker’s Variety Store and Stein Bakery before the boys were born and Clinic Pharmacy after they left home. She volunteered many hours with her Church, the Red Cross in blood drives and Meals on Wheels.
Lonnie preceded her in death on January 17, 1972, and one brother, Edwin Merkord.
She is survived by her three sons; Dennis Hirt and wife Bonnie of Evant, Donald Hirt and wife Cheryl of Huntsville, Darrell Hirt and wife Cathy of Ft. Worth. Two sisters; Tillie Kirsch of Taylor, Loraine Weise of Thorndale. 7 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren; .
The family would especially like to thank the staffs of Coryell Memorial Healthcare Systems, Coryell Home Health and Odyssey Hospice for mother’s care in her final years. Donations in her memory should go to the charity of one’s choice.
Ft Worth Star-Telegram
By Anna M. Tinsley
Former Fort Worth Councilwoman Cathy Hirt and her husband, Darrell Hirt, Class of 1971 were killed in a car accident Friday night in Hungary.
The two had been traveling through Europe for two weeks on a vacation that included time in Prague and Vienna before a final stop in Budapest — where Cathy Hirt’s parents had lived — to see relatives.
They were on their way back to the hotel when the taxi they were in collided with a truck, killing the Hirts and the taxi driver, said Cathy Hirt’s brother, Karl Csaky of Dallas.
“It’s tragic,” Csaky said. “They were supposed to be flying back [Saturday].”
Friends and family were reeling from the unexpected news Saturday as word began to spread around town.
“I think the whole Fort Worth community is grieving and praying for the family,” said Mary Kay Hughes, a longtime friend of Cathy Hirt. “We are devastated for the loss.”
Both were lauded for their work in the community: Hers included a stint on the council and two bids for mayor and his as a well-known and respected Fort Worth kidney doctor.
“They were very generous with the community and did a lot of charitable things,” said Cathy Holt, a family friend who served as Cathy Hirt’s mayoral campaign manager in 2011. “They lived life at full speed, and they liked adventures.
Funeral arrangements are in the planning stages.
“This is a big loss for Fort Worth.”
Mrs. Hirt, 61, represented District 9 on the council from 1996 to 1999 and made unsuccessful bids for mayor, at the urging of family and friends, in 2003 and 2011.
When running for mayor the second time, she told the Star-Telegram that she stepped up because “this is not a time for feel-good politics. … This is a time for roll-up-the-sleeves, look-the-problems-in-the-face, get-real politics. I mean real hard work, real political will, real engagement, real determination.”
Mrs. Hirt, who had a law degree from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. in educational public policy from Vanderbilt University, won her term on the council by beating then political novice Wendy Davis, who later won election to that council seat and went on to serve in the Texas Senate and run for governor.
The couple had three children: Karl, Alex and Tina.
“She was a wonderful woman who gave so much to the community,” said Debby Stein, Mrs. Hirt’s former council aide. “She was a great friend; definitely someone we will miss greatly.”
Through the years, she served on a variety of boards and commissions, ranging from Catholic Charities and Communities in Schools to the Young Women’s Leadership Academy and the Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods.
“Cathy had a big heart for people and a passion for policy that would help those people,” said Jason Smith, a Fort Worth lawyer. “Her leadership in Fort Worth will be greatly missed.”
Darrell Hirt will be equally missed, Smith said.
“Dr. Hirt was a gentle soul who was committed to his patients 24/7,” Smith said. “They are great parents and raised three great kids.”
Csaky said it is important to note that family and community were his sister’s top priorities.
“She was very much involved in various community activities in Fort Worth,” he said. “She had a real desire to think of other people and how she could improve their lives at both the personal level … and the larger capacity of community and society.
“That’s why she was involved in politics,” he said. “There was a true sense of thinking outside herself and what were the needs of the world.”
As for his brother-in-law, Csaky said family and his medical work were top priorities.
“He took great pride — had a sense of responsibility — in taking care of the sick.
“He was extremely dedicated to his profession,” he said. “He was the consummate physician, and he was a tremendous support for Cathy and her dreams.”
The Hirts had three children — Karl Joseph Hirt, Alex Hirt and Tina Hirt.
Csaky said funeral services are being planned.
Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley
Cathy and Darrell Hirt shared a laugh casting votes in 2003, the first year she ran for Fort Worth mayor. To their amusement, Hirt had to borrow her husband's reading glasses to read the ballot. Marcus Junius Laws Star-Telegram
Cathy Hirt, center, visited with Connie Ray, left, and Betty Story while awaiting Mayoral election results at Angelo's in Fort Worth on Saturday May 14, 2011.
The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation Private Evening in 2005 with Jon R. Bauman Private Home: L-R: Cathy Hirt, Lou Bauman, Darrell Hirt, Jon Bauman
A look at the Hirt family in 1998. The Hirt family from left to right, Alex Hirt,8, Darrell Hirt,
Cathy Hirt, Tina Hirt,4, and Karl Hirt,10,
enjoy hanging out at home together.