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Carman A. Hirschfeld, 95, of New Bremen, died at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at the Heritage Manor Nursing Center in Minster.
He was born on Feb. 17, 1916, on a farm near New Bremen, the son of Benjamin and Malinda (Kellermeyer) Hirschfeld, and they preceded him in death.
On Oct. 4, 1940, he married Norma Davenport, and she preceded him in death on May 30, 1998.
He is survived by his daughters, Terry (Ted) Wagner and Jeanine (James ) Kitzmiller, both of New Bremen; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Hirschfeld of Newcomerstown; his grandchildren, Shannon (David) Pence, Bethany (Tim) Schrader, both of New Bremen, Brianna (Andy) Phlipot of Minster, Amber (Adam) Gump of Kimbolton and Elizabeth (Mathew) Popovic of Pittsburgh, Pa.; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Lanny Hirschfeld; one great-grandson, Ryan Hirschfeld; one great-great-stepgrandson, Landon Phlipot; his sister, Eva Hirschfeld; his brothers, Paul, Nevin and Luther (Jack) Hirschfeld.
Mr. Hirschfeld was a lifetime member of the Zion/Faith Alliance Church family. He was a graduate of New Bremen High School and received a diploma from the North Western School of Taxidermy. He worked at the former New Bremen Broom Factory and the former New Bremen Hardware & Supply, where he unloaded train car loads of merchandise and then delivered the merchandise to other stores within a 50-mile radius of New Bremen. He also clerked in the store on Saturday nights, serving the customers and enjoying making sales of the “Frigidaire’s.”
Mr. Hirschfeld worked at Crown Controls Corp. of New Bremen and then for 26 years at the former STAMCO of New Bremen, where most of his time was spent as a foreman. He also received recognition for completion of a course on Carbide Tool Design and Application from General Electric. His last job before retirement was with the New Bremen Machine and Tool Co. After his retirement, he served as an EMT on the New Bremen Emergency Squad.
His family will always remember him as a quiet, gentle, godly man who lead and loved by example.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at the Faith Alliance Church, with the Rev. Thomas Sager officiating. Burial will be in the German Protestant Cemetery in New Bremen.
Calling hours will be held from 2 p.m. until the time of services at the church on Monday.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the church memorial fund.
Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home of New Bremen is handling the arrangements.