Shirley Harder

October 27, 1939 ~ March 6, 2022 (age 82)


Shirley M. (Ziros) Harder, 82, passed away suddenly in Naples, Florida, on March 6, 2022. Born in Kingston, New York, on October 27, 1939, she was the only daughter of the late John Ziros and Margaret Grendel Ziros. She was also predeceased by her brother William J. Ziros Sr. and her husband William E. Harder, whom she married in 1997. Shirley graduated from the Kingston High School in 1957. For 23 years, she was employed as a senior receptionist at IBM in Kingston, New York. In her younger years, she enjoyed snowmobiling in the winter and cruising the Hudson River in her vintage mahogany Chris-Craft boat during the summer. She sought out tropical destinations on her many travels including Hawaii, Central America, and the Caribbean. She honored her Czechoslovakian heritage through cooking, baking, and collecting crystal. She had a passion for fashion, jewelry, and home decorating. Shopping was a favorite pastime of hers. She loved to entertain family and friends with lavish feasts and also loved dinning out. She had a green thumb and was an avid floral gardener. She volunteered for numerous organizations including the Woodstock Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary. Shirley and her husband William lived in Woodstock, New York, and would spend winters in Naples, Florida, with their beloved poodles, where she enjoyed the warm sunshine and planning golf dinners. She is survived by her nieces and nephews whom she loved spending time with. They fondly referred to her as “Chee Chee” which was her longstanding family nickname. Funeral arrangements will be private with internment in the Montrepose Cemetery in Kingston, New York.

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