Funeral Details

David G. 'Davo' Hirsch

April 23, 1935 - May 10, 2023


Date and Time

Monday, May 15, 2023 at 10:00 AM


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077
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Rabbi Nancy Landsman


Zion Gardens Cemetery
6758 West Addison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60634
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The Lodge
2220 Founders Drive
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
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Monday following the service until 9PM
Minyan 7:45PM

Memorial Contributions

The Night Ministry
1735 North Ashland Avenue, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60622
3500 West Peterson Avenue, 3rd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60659


David G. 'Davo' Hirsch, 88.

We are sad to announce the passing of David Hirsch.

Beloved husband for 62 years and 11 months of Marcia nee Bass. Loving father of Leslie (Ken) Rubin, Paul (Alison Balis) Hirsch and Alan (Melissa) Hirsch. Proud grandfather of Lucy, Peter, Claudia, Emma, Beatrix and Theo. Dear brother of the late Joseph (the late Elaine) Hirsch. Fond uncle of Richard, Laura, Mark, Joel and the late Nancy.

Formally known as David or even Dave, nobody really called him that. Rather, he was known by all as Davo. A nickname he picked up in childhood that stuck with him throughout his life.

Growing up in Hyde Park, Davo took an early interest in the arts and turned that passion into lifelong career as a graphic designer owning his own business for almost 50 years.

But there was more to Davo than just work. An eternal optimist, over the course of his 88 years, he crammed in a lot. He was a well-known caricaturist and fixture at art fairs all across Chicago. A founding member and President of the Brotherhood at BJBE synagogue in Glenview. A longtime volunteer of the Wilmot Ski Patrol in Wisconsin. And an avid collector and expert of antique advertising who was never happier than discovering a long-lost treasure during early mornings at dusty flea markets.

Accomplishments aside, he’d probably tell you his greatest achievement in life was his marriage to Marcia. A chance meeting at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in 1957 led to a lifetime of memories, friendships, children, grandchildren, and joy. All of which David, Dave, or Davo, would love everyone reading this to continue to pass on.

Please join with us and celebrate his memory at a service this Monday 10AM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Road), Skokie. Interment Zion Gardens Cemetery, 3600 N. Narragansett Ave., Chicago.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Night Ministry, 1735 N. Ashland Avenue, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60622, or to The ARK, 3500 W. Peterson Ave., 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60659,

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Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals-Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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My heart is hurting! I will always remember you as Pucka and one of the most amazing human beings. You will truly be missed.

There will always be a special place in my heart for you Dave. Keep that bright shining smile always!


Cheryl Rabin

Cheryl Rabin
May 10, 2023
I'm so sorry to hear about Mr Hirsch. He was always very nice to all of us. His caricature of my brother was always appreciated. My condolences to Mrs. Hirsch, Leslie, Paul and Alan along with all of the grandkids. Peace and strength to you all during this difficult time.

Steve Abrams
May 10, 2023
We are so sad to hear about Davo's passing.
Too many memories of our high school years, his caricatures at Art Fairs, his designs for our business' etc. etc.
We will miss him!!! Love to Marcia.

Phyllis/Ira Markus
May 10, 2023
Very sorry to learn of Dave's passing. We enjoyed seeing him at painting classes in Leslie Hirshfield's studio over the years, and hearing his stories. He was always a cheerful presence, such a nice person, and an accomplished artist. He will be missed!
Julie Ruttenberg Rice, & Phyllis Ruttenberg

Julie Rice
May 11, 2023
Carol and I are still in shock ! The feelings are so hard to put into words.
David was my first American friend after my arrival in the US, in 1954.
Best friends ever since and best man at our wedding.
Condolences...Marcia, Leslie, Paul, Alan, spouses and grand kids.
He will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.

Carol and Bill

william sand
May 11, 2023
I am so upset about learning of
Davo's passing. We spent so many wonderful years together at Hyde Park High School and I will always remember all the good times we've had together in the years since. Davo, I will miss seeing you so much but I'll always remember what a terrific person you were...I'll never forget you. My thoughts are with Marcia and the entire family at this most difficult time
Iris Fegenhols Wittenberg

iris wittenberg
May 11, 2023
It is with great sadness that I learned of Dave's passing. We have known each other for almost 50 years. He was always willing to share his knowledge and expertise with everyone. Lots of great memories and will treasures his autographed book of his sale from long ago. We first meet at a picnic for collectors in the 70's and tasked about starting a club for collecting advertising and tins. A great man and friend. Condolences to his family. Rest In Peace Davo!

Clinton Conway
May 12, 2023

Elijah Singley
May 12, 2023
My condolences to Marcia and family. I enjoyed the many conversations with Dave over the years, such a talented and genuinely nice person. Thoughts and prayers.

Steve Cross
May 12, 2023
My deepest condolences to Marcia and family. My association with Dave goes back many years to early skiing days and working together on the Morton Grove Village Appearance Commission Board. Dave was truly an outstanding person who will be sorely missed.

Larry Reiss
May 14, 2023
I am very sorry to hear about Dave, he was very kind and I always enjoyed my time with him.

anthony rothman
May 15, 2023
I worked with Dave when he just started his own business in 1976. He was a hell of a guy. Always positive, always friendly, I never hear him say a bad word about anybody. He was very proud of Marcia, and later with her own career, talked proudly about his kids Paul, Alan, and Leslie.

We haven't seen each other for well over 10 years while I was back in Israel. When we met again his kids were already grown up with their own careers, which he was proudly telling me about, and the grandkids who filled his, and Marcia's life, with a lot of joy.

From my perspective, Dave had a great life, and when it was time to go, he went peacefully, in his sleep... In Jewish tradition, dying in one's sleep is called a kiss of God, reserved only for the Tzadikim, the righteous people.

I know he's resting in peace!

Ami Koenig

May 17, 2023