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Jeanne Hirschberg

d. March 12, 2013

Jeanne Hirschberg
September 13, 1920 – March 12, 2013
Jeanne Hirschberg passed away peacefully on March 12, 2013 at age 92. She was born to Walter and Jennie (Horner) Parkison in Glenwood Springs, CO, and attended the University of Colorado School of Nursing, where she met the love of her life, Dr. Cotter Hirschberg. They were married in 1942, had two children, and moved from Denver to Topeka KS in 1952 where Dr. Hirschberg was associated with the Menninger Clinic. She lived in the same home in the Potwin area of Topeka for 52 years. In 2003, she moved to Overland Park, KS to be closer to her daughter.

Jeanne worked as a Public Health Nurse for Shawnee County, specializing in pre-natal and well-baby care. She stayed busy as a Cub and Girl Scout leader, served on the Board of the Topeka Public Library, and pursued a life-long love of the arts and literature. She was extremely accomplished at textile arts as well. An example of her needlepoint resides in the Governor's Mansion in Topeka, and a Potwin Neighborhood Anniversary Quilt Project that she organized is owned by the Kansas Museum and has been displayed there and at the Topeka-Shawnee County Library. She enjoyed Native American Arts, culture, and collected artifacts – many of which have been donated to various museums. She also loved Japanese arts and gardens, Bonsai cultivation, collected rocks and stones,and was always busy redesigning her gardens to include these various elements.

Both Jeanne and Cotter were gifted with a wonderful sense of humor and greatly enjoyed life. They were always very generous and welcoming, opening their hearts and home to many, and formed lasting relationships outside the immediate family She will be missed and remembered fondly by all whose lives she touched.

Jeanne was predeceased by her husband Cotter and dear sister, Leatrice. She is survived by her children, Diane (Lea) Farley Waanders of Overland Park, KS; and Dr. Brendon Hirschberg of Bend, OR; two grandchildren, Ryan Hirschberg of Bend, OR; and Erin Felder of Bend, OR; and three great-grandchildren, Kurt Felder, Virginia Felder, and Owen Hirschberg. A celebration of Jeanne's life will be held at Unity Church of Overland Park, 10300 Antioch, Overland Park, KS on Friday, March 22nd, at 10:00 am, and in Topeka on Saturday March 23rd at 10:30 am at Dove Chapel, 4020 SW 6th Ave, Topeka, KS,66606. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to the Library Foundation, 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS; 66605.

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