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“Alyson and i send you all our heartfelt condolences, along with our thoughts and prayers during this time in the loss of your Wife and Mother. No...Read More »
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“We will miss your smile and your love of coming to the lake. May our Lord hold you all in his hands and comfort you. Aunt Janice and Uncle Richard. ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: Janice Spering - Montrose, PA

“Dear Dr. Hardee and children,I extend to each of you my deepest condolences, so sorry for your loss, Rebecca sound like a wonderful and kind person,...Read More »
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“10 years was not nearly long enough. Thank you for your friendship, your love, your music, your joy in life, your acceptance, your laughter, the...Read More »
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Rebecca (Spering) Hardee, 43, of West Simsbury, beloved wife of the Rev. Dr. Brian C. Hardee, died peacefully with her husband by her side on January 31, 2017. Born in Montrose, PA, Rebecca was the beloved daughter of Henry and Mary (Sipe) Spering. She was raised and attended schools in Elk Lake and Dimock, PA, and later graduated from West Chester State University with her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Pathology. She later trained to be a music teacher at Westfield State University. Rebecca was a loving, devoted wife and mother, who cherished every day she had with her family. She was very proud of Schoolhouse Day Care and Preschool, the business she created in Boyertown, PA. She possessed a great passion for music and shared this love with everyone she knew. She had served as the Jr. Choir Director at the West Avon Congregational Church and taught music at the Pine Grove Nursery School in Avon. As a member of the Farmington Valley Chorus chapter of the Sweet Adelines, she reveled in the joy of musical harmony, and built many great friendships with her fellow women in the community. She was a 20 year member of Sweet Adelines International including Valley Forge Chorus and Berkshire Hills Chorus. Rebecca loved hiking in the woods with her dogs, taking photos of the outdoors, swimming in the lake, taking naps, and being cozy. She was a very special blessing to everyone who knew her and she will be truly loved and forever missed. Rebecca made many friends and touched many lives through her love of music. She shared her musical talent with joy, whether it was teaching children their first music lessons, performing with her quartet at a birthday party or at a retirement home, singing and playing guitar around a bonfire with friends and family, or competing with her a cappella chorus before an audience of thousands at a Sweet Adelines International competition. She inspired others to have the confidence to learn, grow and find the joy of being musicians themselves. She brought her music to work as a camp counselor, High School musical performer, member of three Sweet Adeline Choruses, two quartets, a folk trio, and as a music educator, having graduated from Westfield State College. Rebecca became a member of Sweet Adelines International in February 1996, a hobby she continued the rest of her life. She sang with the Valley Forge Chorus, located in PA, and was their Bass Section leader for most of her time with them. While in PA, she also sang in "The Real Deal" quartet and a folk group, "Back Porch Trio". After moving to CT in 2006, she joined the Farmington Valley Chorus, where she also served as Bass Section leader, and sang in "What's On Tap" quartet. More recently she also joined the Berkshire Hills Chorus, located in Pittsfield, MA, helping their members with personal voice instruction and joining them in their Regional competitions in 2015 and 2016. A feature of FVC's Holiday Show this year was the Hardee Family Singers, which showcased Rebecca and her daughters singing while accompanying themselves on piano and string bass. One of the things she is known for that followed her through the years from her camp counselor days, to all three of her Sweet Adelines choruses, is her comedic skit, "There's a man at the Door". Pure silliness, and laughing until she cried. The joy of Rebecca. In addition to her parents, Rebecca is survived by her loving husband; Rev. Dr. Brian C. Hardee of West Simsbury, Senior Pastor of the West Avon Congregational Church; her four beautiful daughters, Emma S. Hardee, Eleanor K. Hardee, Lucille E. Hardee, and Gwendolyn M. Hardee; her brother, Dr. Mark A. Spering and his wife Kimberly of Macungie, PA; nephews Matthew and Connor Spering; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Nick and Patti Donnelly and nieces Nicole, Jordan and Brynn Donnelly. She is also survived by many uncles, aunts and cousins. A memorial service for Rebecca will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11 AM at the First Church of Christ, 689 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury. Friends of the family are invited to attend calling hours on Friday, February 10 from 5-8 PM at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Rd., Avon. A private burial ceremony will be held at the family's convenience. Donations in Rebecca's memory may be made to the Hardee Education Fund to benefit continuing education for Rebecca's daughters c/o Simsbury Bank, 27 Dale Road, Avon, CT 06001, or to the West Avon Congregational Church, 280 Country Club Rd., Avon 06001.