Harriet Hirshberg
January 22, 2021

HARRIET HIRSHBERG: Harriet passed away on Friday January 22, 2021 at home in Phoenix, AZ of natural causes. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA on November 11, 1927. She graduated the University of Pittsburgh in 1949 with an art degree giving her a lifelong interest and appreciation of art and design. She met her husband, Bob at a sorority dance when her best friend asked her to accompany her then boyfriend because she was unable to attend. Oops. They were married in 1950 and were together nearly 50 years until Bob’s passing in 2000. Together they raised three children, Mark (Pam), Rich (Ian) and Gary. Harriet and Bob had a wonderful group of friends in Phoenix and in Pittsburgh and those friends were there for her when Bob passed and she loved these friends a great deal and was grateful for their support. She is survived by her three children, three grandchildren and six nieces and nephews as well as many good friends in Phoenix and Pittsburgh. She loved her children fiercely and never tired of telling them she loved them and was sending a hug. Her friends and family were her world. Harriet will be laid to rest next to her husband at Beth Shalom Cemetery in Pittsburgh, PA. Those who wish to remember Harriet in a special way may make gifts in her memory to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014 (Hov.org/donate/). Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. www.schugar.com


Send Condolence

Dear Family: So sorry for the loss of your mother. May she Rest In Peace. I met Harriet at the gym 20 years ago. I walked by her one day and she said “Hi”. For years we walked our 3 miles together. In that time we had many lively conversations; mostly political. We were of like minds in that regard. We also had our differences, but we just kept walking. I loved her history and the stories she told of you boys and how much she loved you, It was sad when she could no longer walk because of her knee. But her inability not to walk wasn’t the end of our friendship. We talked occasionally and would go to lunch or dinner. My husband, Steve, is from the East Coast, and we’d have her over for crab cakes. She was a joy. I loved her and will miss her, and have very fond memories of her. Most Sincerely, Judy and Steve Gibbons

By Judy Gibbons - February 01, 2021