May 10, 2016
Helen Marie Gleason Harder, age 84, of West Mansfield, Ohio, formerly of Ocala, Florida, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, surrounded by her loving family. A homemaker, she was a former secretary for the American Motorcycle Association. She stood by her late husband’s side as they restored and established the gristmills and sawmill at the Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande, Ohio. Her husband, Ted, was the chief cornmeal grinder at the Bob Evans Farm Festival for over 35 years. She was the “self-appointed inspector” of the ground cornmeal and authored a cornmeal cookbook as a result of her years’ of involvement. Known as “Grandma Barney,” she will be remembered for her love of entertaining and her masterful skills in cooking, especially pie baking. Known as a sweet and gentle soul, she always saw the best in others. She was born April 21, 1932 in Gallia County, Ohio to the late Dale and Verna Cardwell Gleason. She was also preceded in death by her husband of almost 65 years, Theodore “Ted” R. Harder; and an infant son, Karl Dale Harder. She is survived by her daughter, Gina (Bob) Rought of West Mansfield; her grandson, Brandon Reiser of Greensboro, North Carolina; her sister, Joan Gibson of Albany, Ohio; sisters-and brothers-in-law, Phyllis Mulholand, Cletus (Nan) Harder, Terry (Teresa) Harder and Virginia Harder. Memorial services will be held 12 noon, Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the home of her daughter. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Honor Flight, Columbus, Ohio. Underwood Funeral Home in Marysville, Ohio is assisting the family.
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