Photos:  Kenneth Hirsch Collection
         (note: see also the photos from Myrna's collection)

Wedding Photo - Donald Hirsch and Mildred Stovie
Wedding Day:  Mildred K. Stovie and Donald William Hirsch on Wedding Day, 1936. The couple were married at St. Peters Catholic Church, Omaha, NE, on 12 August 1936. 
mildred k. stovieMildred Stovie - graduation
Mildred Kathryn Stovie:  (photo at left)  Mildred Kathryn Stovie, age 17, at graduation from Newman Grove High School, Nebraska.   (photo at right)  Mildred Kathryn Stovie upon graduation from Wayne State Teachers College, 1935.  

Donald William HIRSCH was born on 2 Oct 1912 in rural St. Edward, Boone County, NE.  Donald was the third of the ten children born to Fred and Ella Hirsch, in between Gerald and Sally (Marcella).  .  

Donald married Mildred Kathryn STOVIE on 12 Aug 1936 in Omaha, Douglas Co, NE at St. Peter's Catholic Church.   Donald  worked as a farm hand and met Mildred Stovie who was working as a school teacher in a one room rural school near Newman Grove, NE.  They met at a barn dance.  

The couple married and moved to Omaha where their first child Myrna was born.  Donald then worked as a carpenter out of the Omaha Carpenters union hall, but jobs were scarce, so he soon moved the family to California where he obtained work with the Department of War during WW II. 

They lived in a trailer and moved multiple times as the jobs required, finally ending up in El Cerrito, CA where Donald was working at Oakland Army Base on a new APO post office building.  He was killed on 19 August 1945 when the APO post office building he was working on collapsed.  Mildred moved the family back to Nebraska and Donald was buried in St Edward, NE.

Don, Donald, Ernie, and young Kenny
(in back):  Don Armes (husband of Sally Hirsch) with Hirsch brothers Donald and Ernie.
 (proudly in front):  Kenny Hirsch.  Photo c. 1943.
Note:  click here for some of Myrna's photo collection

  Myrna - Kenny - 1939Kenny - Mildred - Myrna - 19421945 - Kenny and Myrna
Myrna and Kenny growing up:  (photo at left):  Myrna and Kenny, 1939.  (center)  Kenny, Mildred, Myrna, 1942.  (right): Kenny and Myrna, c. 1945.  [Myrna's collection is here.]
High School gradmed school grad
Graduations in Omaha:  (photo at left) Kenny Hirsch graduating from Sacred Heart HS, 1957.  (photo at right):  Kenneth Hirsch graduating from Univ of Nebraska College of Medicine, 1965

The second child of Donald and Mildred was Kenneth Donald Hirsch, born on 28 December 1938 in Douglas County, NE.   He attended Sacred Heart grade and High Schools in Omaha, graduating from high school in 1957. He then studied pre-med at Creighton University from 1957 to 1961, in the meantime marrying his high school sweetheart, Janelle Knust, on May 28th, 1960.  

Ken attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, graduating in 1965. He interned at Clarkson Memorial Hospital from 1965 to June 1966. He then served in the US Air Force from 1966 to 1968 after which he began his Pathology residency training at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco from 1968 to 1972.  Following his residency training, he worked as a staff Pathologist at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, CA from 1972 to 1985. He then returned to active duty as a Colonel with the US Air Force from 1985 to his retirement in 2003.

Janelle Blanche Knust was born on a farm near Howells, Colfax County NE on 23 December 1940.   She attended St Peter and Paul elementary school and then Howells Public High school in Howells, NE.  Her parents sold their farm near Howells and moved to Omaha at the end of her Sophomore year in High school and she transferred to Sacred Heart High School in 1956 where she met Ken Hirsch. 

Wedding Photo:  Janelle and Kenneth married on 28 May 1960.  
Kenny - USAF ColonelJanelle
(photo at left):  Kenneth retired as Colonel, USAF in  2003.  (photo at right):  Janelle Blanche Knust Hirsch, c. 2012.

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