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324 E. Grandview Ave
Zelienople, PA 16063
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Of Zelienople, PA, peacefully passed away Monday, July 9, 2018. She was 87. Born in Buffalo, NY, to Kenneth and Ora Donaldson, Harriett was raised on a family farm in West Falls, NY, following the death of her mother at a young age. She recently traveled back to the farm in West Falls, NY, for a family reunion where she shared many fond memories and laughs. She graduated from East Aurora High School in East Aurora, NY, where she met her future husband of 52 years, Byron B. Bair. Harriett is a 1954 graduate of Syracuse University. Once married, Harriett and Byron moved to Hardin, MT, where she gave birth to the first of three daughters. The couple returned to Western NY in 1958 where they raised their family. In 1995, Harriett and Byron retired to Jackson Twp., PA. Harriett was an accomplished pianist. She also played the organ. She served as a piano and organ teacher for over 50 years, mentoring a few piano students well into her 80s. Harriett had a passion for miniatures and collectibles throughout her life, amassing an elaborate museum-quality dollhouse collection she created herself with the help of miniature artisans. Family and friends will remember Harriett for her quick wit and ageless sense of humor, as well as her curious intellect. She is survived by daughters, Lisa Bair Peters of Pittsburgh, Gayle Bair Snee (Tom) of Pittsburgh and Jenna Palka (Brian) of Clarence Center, NY; six grandchildren, Tyler Bair Peters (Kerry), Jolie Bair Valentine (Bobby), Jamie Palka, Maggie Palka, Nora Palka, and Neyuama Porter-Bair; three great-grandchildren, Rory Peters, Colin Peters, and Ace Bair; two first cousins, Richard Reading and Nancy Vigykan, with whom she was raised; and her beloved dog and constant companion, Trixie. Friends will be received from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, PA 16063. A funeral service will be held privately for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harmony Emergency Medical Services, 102 Mennonite Ln., Harmony, PA 16037. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at


Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from July 11 to July 12, 2018
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