Harriet Bretherton

HOUGHTON – Harriet Bretherton, a resident of The Bluffs in Houghton for the past six-and-a-half years, passed away Jan. 31, 2013, at Omega House.

Harriet was born Aug. 25, 1915, in Detroit. She earned degrees from Wayne State University and Smith College. She had a long career as a clinical social worker.

In 1942, while living in New York, she married Herman Leder. Harriet and Herman moved to Southeastern Michigan in 1947, where they raised two children.

Harriet’s passions were her family, her profession and an unshakable belief in Unitarian Universalist principles.

She lost her sight in 1951, following retina surgery, but thanks to the Library for the Blind was able to continue reading all her life. She took great pleasure in knitting. At the time of her death, she was reading a book about the civil war and knitting a pink afghan.

Harriet is survived by children, Bill Leder and Catherine Leder and their families, as well as several nieces, nephews and close friends.

The family suggests that those wishing to do so, make donations to the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Harriet’s memory.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

The Erickson Crowley Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with arrangements.