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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you.