Chloe Belle Aguiling Harder, age 97, of Tuckerton, NJ, passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, NJ.
Chloe Belle was born in Jaro, Iloilo, Philippines, in 1923. She attended the prestigious Iloilo Preparatory School where she excelled in the arts and humanities. She was a gifted musician and a creative multi-media artist. Chloe Belle graduated from Centro Escolar University in Manila, Philippines, with a B.S. in Education, with a double major in Music and Home Economics. After graduating from university, she was a well-received, up-and-coming concert pianist in Manila until it was time to start a family. Chloe Belle came to the United States in 1967 with her husband and five children. She lived in Elizabeth, NJ, Barnegat, NJ, and Edison, NJ, before moving to Tuckerton, NJ. She was a music teacher in the Elizabeth public school system, a preschool teacher in the Head Start Program in West Creek, NJ, and a highly regarded piano teacher to her private students. She was a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church in Little Egg Harbor Twp, NJ where she played the piano on special occasions and was previously a member of Manahawkin Methodist Church in Manahawkin, NJ where she was the organist.
Chloe Belle was the first of four children. Her father was Dr. Homobono Aguiling, a theologian, educator, and co-founder of the Central Philippine University in Iloilo City, Philippines. He was also the founder and proprietor of the Republican College in Quezon City, Philippines. Her mother was Dr. Rosario Sison Aguiling, an optometrist and later was also a professor in Spanish Language and Literature.
Chloe Belle was the beloved wife of Benjamin M. Harder, a decorated WWII hero who served as a U.S. Army Intelligence officer directly under Gen. Douglas McArthur. He was a Vice President of the Manufacturing Division of Marsman Pharmaceutical Company. Together they raised and were proud of their five children. After his passing, she became a doting and proud grandmother to seven, and great-grandmother to thirteen. She was a beloved relative and friend to so many.
She is survived by her children: Chloebelle Blachford (husband C. Daniel) of Phoenixville, PA; Rosen Harder of Tuckerton, NJ; Eleonor Harder (husband David Bresslour) of Randolph, NJ; Benjamin Harder Jr. of Levittown, PA; and Arthur Noel Harder (wife Jacqueline) of Mayetta, NJ. Also surviving her are seven grandchildren: Jennifer Blachford, Charles Blachford (wife Brittani); Courtney Cassella (husband Richard); Elan Bresslour-Rashap (husband John); Nicolette Harder-Senior (husband David); Arthur Harder (wife Evan Gordley-Harder); and Pamela Harder-Nelson (husband Eric). Her thirteen great-grandchildren are Zachary, Jeffrey, and Timothy Blachford; Hazel and Charles Cassella; Shira and Benjamin Rashap; Ila, Phoebe, and Ian Senior; Sunny and Scout Harder; and Lily Nelson.
The Viewing will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2021, from 9:00am until the Funeral Service at 10:00am at Calvary Baptist Church, 850 Railroad Drive, Little Egg Harbor Twp, NJ 08087. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, North Green Street (Rt. 539), Tuckerton, NJ.
The family kindly requests attendees to please wear a mask to the Viewing, Funeral Service, and outdoors during the Burial.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Salvation Army, or to your charity of choice.