Rhoda S. Hirsch of Buffalo, a homemaker and retired Braille teacher, died Sunday in Niagara Lutheran Home after a long illness. She was 80.
She was born Rhoda Singer in Pittsburgh, the youngest of 12 children born to immigrant Jewish parents.
Mrs. Hirsch raised her five children before learning Braille through her synagogue. While she found her professional calling late in life, she devoted herself to it here and in New York City.
She worked at the Buffalo Association for the Blind, teaching Braille to adults. To help students with multiple sensory disorders, she learned sign language and, near the end of her career, learned computer applications.
She worked for 10 years at Lighthouse International, a Manhattan-based nonprofit group that provides services to people with vision problems.
Mrs. Hirsch lived in Buffalo between 1972 and 1980 and then again since 1993.
Her husband, Harold, died in 2000.
She is survived by three daughters, Judith of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Temi Kucinski of Buffalo and Faye of Brooklyn; two sons, Allan of San Francisco and Benjamin of Buffalo; two brothers, Melvin Singer of Pittsburgh and Harry Singer of Boston, Mass.; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel. The family will hold a private inurnment in Forest Lawn.