THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Albert Harder, 27, passed away Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Hospital in Green Bay, two weeks after it was discovered he had a hypoactive thyroid and congestive heart failure.
Born Sept. 29, 1989 in Ontario, Canada, to Johann and Eva (Penner) Harder, soon after birth they discovered he had limitations. On day six his one eye fell in and later it was discovered he was blind in that eye.
As time went on, more limitations became obvious. He could not hold his head up until he was a year old and did not walk until he was three. He struggled through life and in the past few years his health was failing, often being tired and out of energy.
Although he had limitations, he had a strong, childlike faith and at age 15 was baptized upon his confession of faith on Oct. 27, 2007. He was not ashamed to speak to people about God in a kind and challenging way.
He is survived by his parents, Johann and Eva; siblings, Nettie and Noah Mack of Barto, PA; Tina and Paul Gascho of Aylmer, On., Eva and Jesse Amstutz of Oconto, Judy and Timothy Hartzler of Vest, Ky., Helen and Willy Bergen of La Honda, Mexico, Elizabeth and Jesse Lauver, Barto, PA, Neal and Shannon (Morris) Harder of Attica, N.Y., Willy and Rhoda (Halteman) Harder of Leburn, Ky., Emmy and Stephen Brubaker of Oconto, Bertha and Stephen Lauver of Liverpool, Pa. and Esther and Gary Hoover of Gooding, Id.; 53 nieces and nephews; aunts; uncles; cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Sara; a nephew, Lemuel Justin and a a niece, Virginia Joy (children of Helen and Willy) and another nephew, Rylan Lamar (child of Emmy and Stephen); both sets of grandparents; two uncles and an aunt on his mother's side and an uncle and an aunt on his father's side.
Viewing was held at Gallagher Funeral Home in Oconto on Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and then again from 6 p.m. until time of the Prayer Services at 8 p.m. Visitation continued at Lena Mennonite Church, 5999 County Road J, Oconto on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral services at 10 a.m. Pastor Dean Good officiated with internment in Lena Mennonite Church cemetery.