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Catherine Harder

HARDER, Catherine - February 1, 1920 - March 15, 2016 Catherine Louise Harder (nee Pocock and Neufeld) passed away peacefully at the Langley Memorial Hospital on March 15, 2016 at the age of 96 years surrounded by the love of family and friends. She was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and spent her childhood years on the family farm with her mother, Jane Ann Pocock, father Hubert John Pocock and sister, Ellen Elizabeth Pocock. Catherine moved with her family in her teenage years to another farm near Nipawin, Saskatchewan and subsequently married Richard Neufeld. They had 3 daughters, Heather, Lesley and Renee but unfortunately Richard passed away at a very young age of cancer. Catherine then married Richard's cousin, John Harder, and gave birth to their son, Leon. John and Catherine moved to Yellowknife, NWT with their 4 children where John worked as a carpenter at Giant Mine and Catherine worked as a bank teller for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. They raised their children in this northern community and although they eventually moved back to live and work in Saskatchewan, they retired in Chase, BC. Many family dinners were held in their Chase home as their children and grandchildren travelled from Alberta and BC to visit them. John passed away in 1994, and Catherine moved to Langley where she met and married Nick Harder in 1997. They spent several years together before Nick developed Parkinsons' Disease and passed away. At that point in Catherine's life she decided to move in with her daughter, Renee and husband, Bob,in Langley where she lived for 14 years when she passed away on March 15th. Catherine was an excellent seamstress who sewed many of her daughters' clothes as well as her own. She had a flair for design, and drafted the blueprints for her retirement home with her husband, John, in Chase. They both enjoyed going on their boat to explore different lakes and travelling in their RV to visit their friends and family who lived in different provinces. Catherine's love of the North continued until she passed away. She enjoyed watching northern TV shows and read several books and magazine articles on the North. Catherine always stayed in contact with her Northern friends and her extended family, visiting them when she could. One of the highlights of Catherine's later life (at the age of 80) was her trip to Polaris NWT, close to the Arctic Circle, to visit one of her daughters and son in law who were working there. She loved to fly in bush planes and had the opportunity several times throughout her lifetime. In her eighties Catherine visited family in Fort McMurray on several occasions. Although Catherine had lived a long life and often said she was "ready to go" after her sister, Ellen Pocock, passed away in 2014, she remained interested in and concerned with what was happening in the world around her, donating generously to many different charities. Catherine is survived by her 4 children, 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service for Catherine will be held on Thursday, April 21st, 11:30am at the Fort Langley Cemetary, Fort Langley, BC. Reception will follow at the home of her daughter, Renee and her husband, Bob, located at 21171 93 Avenue, Langley, BC (Phone #778 888 6224) In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.13043104
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