Cathleen Harwood

Cathleen Mary Hier Harwood (Hier)

Friday, March 2nd, 1934 - Saturday, September 12th, 2020
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Cathleen “Cathy” Mary Harwood (Hier) was born in Bennington on March 2, 1934. She was the daughter of the late Edwol and Mary Hier. Cathy received her education in Bennington and was a 1952 graduate of
Bennington High School. She served as the Shaftsbury Town Clerk and Bennington Vermont District and Family Court Clerk.

Cathleen and Ernie were married at the Bennington Methodist Church on July 3, 1954. They recently observed their 66th wedding anniversary.

Cathy was a devoted member of the Shaftsbury Methodist Church. Here she made many lifelong friends and let her beautiful voice ring through the choir. She was a talented artist who enjoyed oil painting and in her adult life became involved in interpretive dance groups. Cathy shared a love of cooking and was an amazing baker
who was well known for her perfect pies.

Cathy was also lovingly and actively involved in Special Olympics.

Survivors include five children, Gail (Jason) Balch of Manchester, Brian E. Harwood of Hoosick Falls, NY, Lori (Tim) Blair of Wells, Dennis H. (Honor Thompson) Harwood of Bennington and Frank E. Harwood of Manchester; 9 grandchildren, Erica Gray, Leah Zoufaly, Nicholas Balch, Brian Eric Harwood, David Ernest Harwood, Jocelyn Elaine Harwood, Nathan James Harwood, Timothy B. Blair and Dennis Harwood along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. They were predeceased by a daughter, Susan Jane Harwood and a grandson, Lorne Blair. Ernie was pre-deceased by two sisters and two brothers, Alice Pratt, Priscilla D’Alessandro, Junior and Silas Harwood and Cathleen was pre-deceased by three sisters, Dorothy Hier, Jane Moffit and Ruth Lasher.

The funeral will be held from the Shaftsbury Methodist Church on Saturday September 19, at 11:00 a.m.

Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

The burial will follow at the family lot at the Shaftsbury Village Cemetery

All Covid 19 procedures will be followed including the wearing of masks and social distancing.

Should friends desire memorial contributions in memory of Ernest and Cathleen Harwood may be made to either the Vermont Special Olympics or the through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Shaftsbury Methodist Church
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  • Funeral

    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 11:00am
    Shaftsbury Methodist Church
    Address Not Available
    Chaplain Kenneth Coonradt
  • Interment

    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 |
    Saturday, September 19th, 2020
    Shaftsbury Village Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Shaftsbury, Vermont
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laura muir

Posted at 08:33pm
Frankie and Family,
Coach Rich and Laura send love and prayers today to all of you. Our hearts feel your sadness and we pray our Lord Jesus will be with you everyday comforting and strengthening you. They're together in Jesus's arms in heaven and want you to keep being the most joyful, happy, hugger, sweetest man and athlete that you are. We have been blessed to know you and your mom.
Love and Hugs,
Rich and Laura Muir Jr.
Love, Laura and Rich Muir Jr.

Mary Andersen

Posted at 08:49am
To the whole Harwood family, I express my sorrow at the death of Cathy and Ernest. I am especially thinking of you Frank, as you so loved the two of them. I taught Creative Dance to Cathy and others for many years and she brought so much to our group, the ShapeShifters. She express such joy in dancing and her beautiful voice often lifted the entire group. These two qualities , as well as her generosity of spirit and delightful humor were much missed when Parkinson’s disease made movement more difficult for her. I was privileged to know all of you. May you find comfort in this time. Mary Andersen

Courtney cowan

Posted at 08:27pm
Dear Frank and family. I'm sorry to hear about your parents. So I'm sending my condolescenes to the family. From courtney Cowan a local bennington athlete.

Carla, Lois, Dee and Marissa

Posted at 04:53pm
Dear Hardwood family, our condolences are with you. Our family is thinking of you.
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Melissa Prouty

Posted at 10:28pm
Cathy was so sweet and funny, and Ernie was so protective of her. May they be together for eternity in peace.

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