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Obituary - Catherine J. Harding

Catherine J. Harding

Date of Passing: May 2nd, 2011

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In support of her strong faith; in lieu of flowers, Catherine has requested donations to the United Methodist Church of Waterville.

Catherine J. Harding, 98, of Waterville, passed away Monday May 2, 2011, in the presence of her family, at the Harding Nursing Home. She was born October 26, 1912, in Lyons, NY, the daughter of the late Alberto and Sarah Bond Hosford and was a graduate of Irondequoit High School in Rochester. On October 24, 1937, in Lyons, she married Robert M. Harding. A pioneer in long term care, Mrs Harding relocated to Waterville in 1951 with her husband Robert. Together with her mother, they founded the Harding Nursing Home. Mrs. Harding continued her education and received her Licensed Practical Nursing degree from the Utica School of Nursing. She worked as an administrator and LPN at the Harding Nursing Home, now in it''s fourth generation of family ownership, until her retirement in her 80's. Mrs. Harding was a member of the United Methodist Church of Waterville, Bell Tower Chapter #188 O.E.S., the Republican Women's Club of Utica, Daughters of the Nile, Waterville Historical Society and the Red Hat Society of Oriskany Falls. Catherine enjoyed life to the fullest, caring for and supporting her community, work(her hobby), playing bridge, golfing, spending summers at her camp in Richfield Springs and wintering in Arizona. She is survived by her daughter, Elaine Ralls and her significant other, Ed Anderson of Gilbert, AZ; her son and daughter-in-law, Robert S. and Louise (Sandy) Harding of Waterville; and five grandchildren, Patricia Ford (Mike), James Harding (Lisa), Judy Harding-Staelens (Bill), David Ralls (Deborah) and Catherine Ralls. She is also survived by ten great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and several nieces and nephews, including Patricia Hosford, now of Conway, SC. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert M. Harding: an infant sister, Leah Hosford; and a brother and sister-in-law, Al and Marion Hosford. The funeral will be Friday at 10 am at the United Methodist Church of Waterville, with Rev. Dr. Moon Ho Kim officiating. Interment will be in Crown Hill Memorial Park, Kirkland. Calling hours are Thursday from 4-8 pm at the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville. Members of the Eastern Star will meet at the funeral home Thursday evening at 6:30 for services. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the entire staff of the Harding Nursing Home for all their wonderful care and compassion.


Elaine, Sandy, I and all our family are deeply touched by the many rememberances you have all left here. It gives us resolve to carry that smile and giving personality on. Thank you
Bob Harding

Sincerest condolences to Catherine's family. She will be remembered for all her good works, and especially for her wonderful smile. She will be missed.
Jinnie Nicotera

To all the Hardings, I am so sorry for your loss of the wonderful women you called Mother and Grandemother. A very wonder women she was, not only to you but to so many others,be at peace as she is. Martha Farber
Martha Farber

Dear Family: I'm sorry to read about your loss of Cathereine. I know I can't say enough to erase the sorrow you are feeling at this time but I'd like to share a few scriptures that comfort and encourage me in my times of losing loved loved ones. John 5:28-29 promises a resurrection, Ps 37:29 tells us we can live forever on earth and Rev 21:4-5 promises there will be no more pain or death. These are all things we can look forward to in the near future when the time is right. I hope you gain the same comfort that I do from God's promises. I know He doesn't take our loved ones from us but He will reunite us again. I look forward to living forever on earth with my loved ones and never experiencing pain or death again. Sincerely, Dee Bishop
Dee Bishop

So sad to hear of Aunt Jeanette's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of her at family gatherings and at the lake. She was so kind and giving and always had her wonderful smile on her face. My prayers are with all of you.
Michele Brown Miles

A beautiful lady inside & out. She has touched so many lives & will forever be missed. I will blow you a kiss Catherien.
Bobbi Jaeger

Bob, Elaine and family. Your mother was a grand lady and a good friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. She is in a better place now and reunited with your father.
Jane Hotton

My condolences to the Harding Family. My very first consulting position was with Harding and Catherine was my mentor. she established a wonderful legacy and touched many, many hearts. Pat Pitcher
Patricia Vick Pitcher

Bob, Elaine and family, So sorry to learn of your mother's passing. She was a grand lady,great asset to the community and provided great care to many residents for a long time. We are sure God has a special place for her in His Heavenly Home. Bob & Daurice
Bob@Daurice Rostiser

Condolences go out to the Harding Family, our thoughts and prayer are with you. My mother Frances said it was a honor to have known and worked for Mrs Harding, she will be missed, she was a giving spirit. Sincerely, Frances, Donna Keene
Keene Family

A family matriarch has passed away; she leaves her light to lead your way. Sincere condolences to the family of Catherine Harding Mary and Dempsey
mary strong

Our sincere sympathy. It was a pleasure knowing her. Truely a Great Lady and a great sence of humor too. We will always be greatful for her giving WAVAC a home.

My thoughts and prayers go to our entire family. Whenever I think of Aunt Janette I instantly see her smile and hear her laugh. She was the most caring and positive person I know. Aunt Janette you will be sadly missed. Make sure you say hello to Nana for me.
Lisa (Tellier) Nower

Bob and Sandy, I am saddened by the death of your Mom and very honored to have known her even though it was brief and a long time ago. She was definately a "lady" who was greatly respected in the long term care business of New York. My prayers and thoughts are with you all as you celebrate the wonderful life that she lived and the example she set for the industry.
Mel Hitt

I am deeply saddened by the death of Aunt Janette, my memories of her growing up were that of a woman with a positive and giving spirit and always a smile on her face. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief and celebration of her life.
Tom O'Grady

Our condolences to all of the Harding family and the Nursing Home. Thoughts and Prayers to all of you from the Winfield and Marriott families.

She was an amazing women and will be missed by all who knew her. My sincere condolences to all the Harding Family.
Penny Stewart

My thoughts and prayers are with the Harding family. Catherine was a wise and spirited woman who inspired many to follow her commitment to caring for the elderly with common sense and kindness. She will be missed. Ellen
Ellen Bagley

Very sorry for your loss. She was a great person that everyone enjoyed knowing.
Karen Lewis

My most sincere condolences to all of the Harding family and the community of Waterville. Caterine was very much a modal for any woman in business and more importantly in life. I am very happr to have known her. Betsy
Betsy Hartnett