Cathy was born in Cambridge, Minn. on March 15, 1974, the sixth child of Charles and Donna (Tharp) Hirsch. She was Baptized at Christ the King Catholic Church, Cambridge, and Confirmed at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Braham. Cathy grew up in rural Stanchfield and attended Braham Area Schools, from which she graduated in 1992. She traveled to Oregon after high school and fell deeply in love with the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Though her “dash;” that tiny, yet significant line that represents the years between birth and death, was short, it was filled with a love of life and a sense of humor that brought forth smiles, laughter and a few groans from all those who knew and loved her.
Cathy loved fishing, and many creative and artistic pursuits such as painting, writing poetry and stories, and scrapbooking, but her greatest loves were her dog “Ashka” and spending time with her family, especially her numerous nieces and nephews. Cathy’s great love for all of our family’s children was an inspiration and a testimony to love of family.
She is survived her parents, Charles and Donna Hirsch; nine sisters and brothers, Billie Jean and husband Russell Asmussen of Rush City, Jeri K of Braham, Jeni and husband William Wood of Orlando, FL, Eddy and wife Shannon of Stanchfield, Aaron of Grasston, Diane of Cambridge, Dean and wife Autumn of Grasston, Karen and fiancé Dennis Goller of Orlando, FL, Keith and wife Rhea of Mora, 27 beloved nieces and nephews, and many more relatives and friends.
Cathy was preceded in death by her grandparents Emerson and Dolores Hirsch and Albert and Florence Tharp, her brother-in-law William Kent, niece Alisha Hirsch and nephews James, John, and Joseph Hirsch.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Braham with Reverend Nicholas Zimmer and Deacon Thomas Pinataro officiating on Saturday, May 21. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were her brothers Eddy, Aaron, Dean and Keith Hirsch and brother-in-law Russell Asmussen and Troy Sundeen. Special music was provided by Joni Nelson and twin nieces Josie and Jessie Kent. Billie Jean Asmussen served as lecturer. Arrangements were handled by Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel.