Alice J. Hirtle, 89, an area resident since 1959 who was active in patriotic and church organizations, died of a hemorrhage Thursday at the Sligo Gardens Nursing Home in Takoma Park.
Mrs. Hirtle was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and its sodality. She also belonged to Court Forest Glen of the Catholic Daughters of America in Silver Spring.
She belonged to the Cissel-Saxon unit No. 41 of the American Legion Auxillary. She was a member of the Department of Maryland Parley and the legion auxiliary's World War I Barracks in Silver Spring.
Other memberships included the Silver Spring Women's Club, the Prevention of Blindess Society, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
Mrs. Hirtle was a native of Boston, where she graduated from Bryant and Stratton Collge.
She retired in 1959 after 17 years service with the U.S. Postal Inspector's Office in Hartford, Conn.
She had been a unit president of the American Legion Auxiliary in New Haven, Conn., and belongs to the 8 and 40 Salon.
She was the widow of W. Evard Hirtle, a Connecticut bakery supplies salesman, who died in 1941.
She is survived by a daughter, Louise H. Surine, of Silver Spring; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Prevention of Blindness Society in Washington.