Marlene Rosalie Hirsch

[ Age 67 ] Colts cheerleader in 1960s

November 01, 2007

Marlene Rosalie Hirsch, a retired secretary who had been a Baltimore Colts cheerleader, died of complications related to her cancer treatment Monday at Bel Air Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 67 and lived in Bel Air.

Born Marlene Rosalie Rebbert in Baltimore and raised on East Lombard Street near Patterson Park, she was a 1958 graduate of Catholic High School, where she was a cheerleader.

For five years during the 1960s, she was a cheerleader for the Baltimore Colts.

"She always maintained her favorite player was Andy Nelson," said her son Lawrence A. Hirsch of Baltimore.

Mrs. Hirsch sold Avon Products for 23 years and was a secretary for Equifax Co., Donor Advertising Co. and Eastern Stainless Steel.

She was a former Eucharistic minister for the Church of the Annunciation in Rosedale and belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus.

A fan of singer Andy Williams, she visited his Moon River Theater in Branson, Mo., and belonged to his fan club.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, 141 Hickory Avenue in Bel Air.

In addition to her son, survivors include her husband of 42 years, John E. Hirsch, a retired Social Security Administration worker; another son, Kenneth G. Hirsch of Baltimore; and a brother, James Rebbert of Towson.

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