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Susan Schwartz Harder October 1, 1962 - January 11, 2021

Susan Schwartz Harder

Susan Schwartz Harder, beloved wife of John Harder for 25 years and unbelievably loving mother of Nicole and Daniel, passed away suddenly and far too soon on January 11, 2021 at the young age of 58.

Sue, or Susie, is the cherished daughter of Rose and Blair Schwartz and the loving sister of Bob (Renee) Schwartz, Beth (John) Zimmermann, and Annie (Ed) Wachtfeitl.  Matriarch Rose was lost to the family in 2014.

John’s siblings, Betsy, Cathy, and Bill represent Sue’s loving in-law fan club.

Adoring nephews and nieces are Blair and Brian Schwartz, Malia and Conner Zimmermann, Stacie Gryga and Brandon Wachtfeitl on the Schwartz side, and, on the Harder side, Joe, Rita, Ricky, Becky, Hannah, and Miriam Kamil, and Emily and John Dobbins.

Sue was born on October 1, 1962 in Reading, Pennsylvania and grew up in Norristown, Pennsylvania, graduating from Bishop Kenrick High School.  Sue then attended Slippery Rock University and earned her MBA from the University of Baltimore.

Sue worked her career in the healthcare industry and was in her 26th year in Commercial Sales with Humana.  Her Humana Team describe Sue as caring and kind, a warm soul with a joyful voice and radiant smile, always helpful with genuine concern for others, and to each, their biggest cheerleader.  Other business partners loved Sue for her compassion, positive energy, and selfless support. 

Sue took up running and established a whole new family of friends in her quest to experience new personal challenges and accomplishments.  She completed three full marathons and countless half marathons.

All who knew Sue loved her for her innate kindness, putting others first, and for constantly doing good deeds for no reason other than to be a friend.

There is no question that Sue left her world in a much better place and will be deeply, greatly, and forever missed.

More than anything, Sue loved her children, Nicole and Daniel.

A visitation is planned for Saturday, January 30th at 12:00 pm at Arlington Memorial Gardens, an onsite Memorial Service at 1 pm, and gravesite prayer following.

COVID guidelines restrict indoor attendance to 50 in a room, but all are welcomed to attend.  Be assured that safety protocol will be adhered to with masks required and appropriately distanced seating.  To accommodate all that wish to attend, additional seating will be provided in the alternate chapel and in the rooms outside of the main chapel.  The service will be shown via livestream to those not seated in the main chapel and, for those unable to attend, a livestream link will be available on the Arlington Memorial Gardens website.

There will be a Celebration of Life at the Original Montgomery Inn beginning at 5 pm following the graveside services.  Please dress casually and comfortably.

Donations may be made to 1N5, a local non-profit organization aiming to “Stop the Stigma, Start the Conversation” around mental illness: https://1n5.org/sue-harder-memorial/

Please note that COVID safety is to be respected, but all are welcome to share their love.  For planning purposes, please communicate attendance intentions to John Harder (jharder@cinci.rr.com).  Thank you.


A visitation is planned for Saturday, January 30th at 12:00 pm at Arlington Memorial Gardens, an onsite Memorial Service at 1 pm, and gravesite prayer following. 
There will be a Celebration of Life at the Original Montgomery Inn beginning at 5:00 pm following the graveside services.  Please dress casually and comfortably.



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    Jeff Walton says

    Sue was a person who demonstrated that she cared more about the relationship she had with others as people, than the reason they were connected. That is the way she made us feel at the Zoo, and to me as a friend. We will miss her greatly…a spirit like Sue’s is one that does not get replaced. And as much as she loved interacting with us, she loved to gush about her family even more. How proud she was of her children, and her loving marriage with John. We are all better off for having her in our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

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    Suzanne Shinkaruk says

    My prayers and love are with Susie’s family and friends. I am Annie’s sister in law and I have seen through the years the love this family has for each other. The online service was beautiful and reminded me she is home with the Lord. God bless her family and we all praise Jesus for his Love for all of us who believe.

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    Robert James Willmann says

    So sorry to hear of your dear susies passing. We wish we could of spend more time with her getting to know her better before she was called home. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Bob and Edna Willmann

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    Kelly Wolski says

    To the Harder family: We came to know Sue through running and she always had a smile and positive outlook to share! We are keeping your family in thoughts and prayers. She will be missed. Bless you all.

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    Ellen Herrmann says

    Sue was an unstoppable force of positive energy in our running group. She will be missed.

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    Rory O'Neil says

    We were blessed and honored with our visits here and there, with your Family and Ours, and the love of your life, Sue. We, too, shall miss Sue, and honor her with our memories. Our condolences to John, Nicole, and Daniel, and Family, and Friends All. Rest in Peace, with Love, Aunt Mary Ann and Cousin Rory O’Neil

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    Barbara Imhof says

    Dear Blair and family
    Was sorry to hear this sad news about Suzie.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    I love you all Aunt Barbara.

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    Nancy Smith says

    My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
    Suzie was a loving soul with a gentle kindness.
    I was lucky to be related and Blessed to have a friendship with such an amazing person.
    Her beautiful smile and kindness to others will be with us forever.She is apart of the love that keeps us together.
    May we find comfort in the love and memories we share.

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    Darrell & Lynne Calloway and family says

    When we moved into Sturbridge 23 years ago the Sue and John were the first neighbors we met. Sue was the epitome of kindness and concern. Even my children are the benefactors of her encouragement and as adults they’ve often chuckled at memories of a “hands-on-hips” Sue Harder interrogation about their lives; she just cared that way. Her friendship was a safe place. We’re so glad God sent you to us, Sue. Our love and prayers for comfort to John, Nicole, Danny and Sue’s entire family.

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    Carolyn Anderson says

    Coach Harder, Daniel and Nicole – The Anderson family is so very saddened by the loss of your precious Sue. We haven’t seen you guys in so many years, but right away beautiful memories came flooding to my heart. Sue was beautiful, kind, joyous and had a heart bigger than life. We are so very, very sorry. You and her entire family are in our prayers. Love, Carolyn Anderson and all the Mike Andersons!

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    David Geiger says

    Such a loving, compassionate family. I am so sorry for your tragic loss. May God heal your heart.

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    Michael says

    To John and your entire family. Our heartfelt condolences. We haven’t seen you and Sue for quite some time but always kept you both in our minds and hearts. May she Rest In Peace. Michael and Ellyn Kruke

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      John Harder says

      Michael – would you please send me an email at jharder@cinci.rr.com? I would like to connect with you.

      Thank you,


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    Bryan and Linda Brown says

    We extend heartfelt sympathies to Sue’s family, friends and co-workers. She was an enthusiastic inspiration to everyone in our running group. We are blessed to have so many fond memories of our kind and caring friend.

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    Patty & Jeff Boucher says

    John, Nicole & Danny; John, Beth, Malia & Conner; Annie, Ed, Stacey & Brandon; Bob & Family and Blaire………..We are so very sorry for your loss. Susie was such a kind, sweet, person. Always so full of energy and such a beautiful smile on her face. Our hearts go out to all of you as you struggle through this sudden loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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    Jamie & Julie Drew says

    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there. I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.
    – Mary Elizabeth Frye

    Look for Sue in the beauty of the world.
    Her presence lives eternally on.

    Our prayers are flooding Heaven for you and your family

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      John Harder says

      That was a beautiful entry, Jamie, my friend. Taking some time to review and reflect. Allow me to test this reply with you. If you do receive, would you kindly send me an email back (jharder@cinci.rr.com) or a text (513-404-4044)?

      Thank you, Brother!


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    Debbie (Beisel) Hutchinson says

    I still remember Susie as the little girl I used to babysit along with her sisters Annie and Beth and big brother Bobby when I was a teenager. It was a joy for me to spend my Friday or Saturday nights with the Schwartz’s. Years later, I was blessed to see Rose and Blair at my sister’s restaurant and catch up with the family news. And now, thanks to Facebook, I am still able to keep in touch. I am so sad to hear about Susie and can’t imagine what the family is going through. Please extend my condolences to everyone especially Blair.

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    Shelley, Josey and David Hines says

    Our prayer to the Harder’s and everyone that Sue inspired. She was beautiful inside and out. She was a wonderful motivator and made many want to just be better. When I had my daughter Sue showed me how much the little things mean and to make as many traditions as you could fit in. Those traditions are still strong almost 9 years later for our family, for that I am very thankful. She was strong, generous, kind, patient, amazing and feisty! She will be missed.

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    Cheryl B says

    I have worked with Susan for the last 7 years at Humana. I am still in shock as I am sure the family is as well. Sending Love, Hugs and Prayers to the family and friends. I will miss you Susan (Sue)

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    Brad Kirk says

    Hello Daniel,
    Thinking about you and yours on this sad occasion. You all are such good people

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    Nick and Michelle Imhof says

    We are deeply sorry your family is experiencing the pain of a loss like this. Our hearts goes out to each of you.
    You all are in our prayers.

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    Patti and Jeff Carroll says

    God bless Sue, John and the entire Harder family. Lovely and wonderful, she made us feel very special. A bright light that will be remembered with love. Bless you all.

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    Carolyn Casinelli says


    You were a terrific friend in high school and gone far too soon. Heaven has gained another angel.

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    Liza and Dave Perkins/Bailey and Cassidy Hall says

    Sue was our neighbor and friend for seventeen years. Her kindness and her smile are missed. Her life is a lesson of how much one person can touch the lives of so many in profound, yet simple ways. We miss you, Sue.

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    Julie Tople says

    John and I express our deepest condolences to the Harder family. Our prayers go out to all of you -she was loved by many and she will be missed.

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    Kathy Roe says

    I will dearly miss my running friend Sue. She was a kind, caring, and fun-loving person. It was apparent that Sue received joy by spreading joy. My sincerest condolences to her family on their loss.

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    Marty Hovey says

    Sue will be missed by many. Her smile was contagious and her generosity was unmatched.

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      Sharif says

      Sue was our running friend for years. She will be missed by all of us.

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        Eric and Mary Schwartz says

        Our condolences to the Harder and Schwartz families. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue’s family, our cousins, and Uncle Blair.

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