Hazel C. (Harshbarger) Short

Hazel C. (Harshbarger) Short, 87, Glen Mills, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Brinton Manor.

She was born in Altoona and resided in Essington for 22 years and in Glen Mills for 45 years. She was the daughter of the late Maxwell and Kathryn (McCool) Harshbarger. Maxwell, with his brothers, had operated the Harshbarger Dairy.

Hazel was the cherished wife of Richard H. Short for 67 years and the devoted mother of David R. and wife, Penny, and Donald W. and wife, Karen. She was “Momommy” to her grandchildren, Kendra L. Moore and husband, Jeremy, and Brandon W. Short, and she is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Sarah, Kaelynne and Jake.

Hazel graduated from Altoona High School in 1944 and then from the Altoona School of Commerce. She was employed by Scott Paper as a credit manager for 27 years before retiring in 1984. She was a member of St. John’s Tinicum Memorial Lutheran Church, Essington, where she played the organ and piano. She also taught Sunday school and Bible school there and participated in auxiliaries associated with her sons’ activities.

Hazel enjoyed traveling, visiting every state and Canadian province. She lovingly cared for aging parents and for grandchildren. Her positive nature and smile were gifts to all.

Friends will be received from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at St. John’s Tinicum Memorial Lutheran Church, 601 Seneca St., Essington, followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (


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