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Mary Lou Hirschfeld

Mary Lou Hirschfeld Of Greenbrae, California and previously of Lathrup Village, Michigan and born in Detroit on March 19, 1938, passed away on November 12, 2012. She is survived by her beloved children, Roxanne and James, their spouses Thomas and Lawrence, grandchildren Thomas and Michael and stepsons Robert and Lawrence. Mary Lou was a proud graduate of the University of Michigan where she was a proud member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. After having her two children, she embarked upon a twenty year adventure which culminated in her PhD in Psychology. She was a devoted clinical psychologist and worked for 25 years at Serenity Knolls. She was best known perhaps for her tenacious competitive spirit as an equestrian early in her life and subsequently as a marathoner and open water swimmer. While few knew that she was ever a State or National champion equestrian, most will remember her for the marathons, the Dipsea Mount Tamalpais runs, and especially the Alcatraz Swims. She is a proud member of the San Francisco Dolphin Club and will be missed by her Sunday morning "swimming buddies". In fact, I do not think the Bay will be quite the same without her. Her passions went well beyond sport to include the arts, travel, musicals, good food and hot fudge sundaes. She was first and foremost a loving mother and grandmother. She adored her children, their spouses, and her precious grandsons. She comes from a long chain of strong women who loved their families, "The Wilson Girls". Their enduring focus was on their children and grandchildren which in days gone by required creative clandestine activities. The devious side was always evident and something everyone learned to cherish in all the Wilson Girls. It was a way to protect the family and most of all enjoy life and help those they loved most. Her independent spirit, tenacious competitiveness, and individuality touched many. She has seen many to continued sobriety, watched both her children receive doctoral degrees, and her grandsons grow into handsome, caring, and wonderful young men. Her family is much beyond the nuclear one and her life has touched many in very different ways. Donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org) in honour of Mary Lou and her beloved niece, Karen Roller are most welcome.

Published in Marin Independent Journal from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18, 2012
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