Obituary: Sylvia “Simmie” Hirsch, 95

Sylvia (Goldman) “Simmie” Hirsch, 95, a long-time Southborough resident, died on Thursday, January 24, 2013, surrounded by her family.

She was the wife of Morris Hirsch, who passed away in 2002.

Born and raised in Worcester, she was the daugther of the late Israel and Anna (Kladowska) Goldman. In 1939 she graduated from UMass-Amherst with a Bachelor’s degree in the emerging science of microbiology. She and Morris married in 1943; they were together for 60 years. After her youngest child entered middle school in 1964, she worked for Marlboro Hospital as a Bacteriologist for over 20 years. Simmie was an avid reader and was known for her skill at solving word puzzles. Unselfish to a fault, no pleasure was both more simple and more profound for her than looking after her family and friends.

She is survived by her sons, Tony Hirsch of Rochester; and Peter Hirsch of Marlborough. She was pre-deceased by her daughter, Martha Hirsch and her daughter-in-law Roberta (Neumann) Hirsch.

Services are private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in her memory to New Bedford Women’s Center, 405 Court St., New Bedford, MA 02740. Arrangements are under the direction of the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St. Southborough. To leave words of condolence for the family, please visit

(Obituary courtesy of Morris Funeral Home)

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John Fritz
11 years ago

What a wonderful long life you had with your Mom. Cherish the memories.

11 years ago

Sorry for your loss, Peter. Will be thinking of you.

Rick Clunie
11 years ago

Dear Peter,

I am sorry for your loss. I enjoyed learning about your mother’s interesting, and long, life.

Best regards,

Cindy Rotermund
11 years ago

I delivered Meals On Wheels to Sylvia for probably 8 years! She was an inspiring woman and always had a book on her lap when I stopped by but was always eager to take time to have a chat. It was a pleasure getting to know her. She will be missed.

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