Shirley Ruth Hirsch Brockway died last night, June 20th, 2018 with family members and her beloved caretaker Allison by her side. She was a splendid, radiant 100 years old. And we loved her so much.
She was born on March 24, 1918, in New York, to Bertha and Louis Hirsch. She was an only child who adored her father, and fondly remembers times that he would take her to shows in Manhattan and out to eat when she was a teen. She was close to her mom, and cared for her until her passing at the age of 92. Shirley has three daughters, Roni, Harriet and Laurie Sue. She has 12 grandchildren and 19 grandchildren who call her Dee-Dee, and a brand new great granddaughter who is named after her. Shirley spent most of her life in service to others, whether in taking care of friends in need, or in her career as a social worker. She was the beloved director of a JASA senior center for almost 30 years and did not retire until she was 91. Shirley is known for her wisdom, compassion, humor and generosity. She has lived life as strong women, always there for the people she loved. She was determined to reach her goal of 100 years and beyond. Those who know and love her will tell you this: Her theme song is “My Way,” sung by her favorite crooner, Frank Sinatra, of course.