Shirley J. Hare

Shirley J. Hare, 85, of Oswego, beloved  wife, mother, sister, aunt, and grandmother passed on Nov. 17, 2021, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born and raised in Oswego, Shirley was the daughter of the late Harold and Ruth (Nichols) Kingsbury. 

Shirley attended Fulton and Oswego Alliance church for over 35 years. Shirley married her late husband of 63 years, Harry J. Hare Jr. and raised their five children.

Shirley was creative with an eye for detail.  She enjoyed quilting, crafts, oil painting, knitting, crocheting, and Swedish weaving. She worked for WT Grant, Browne and Davis, and Goldberg’s as an upholsterer, where she made drapes and furniture slipcovers. Lastly, she worked for Karpinski’s of Oswego as a seamstress.

Shirley is survived by her children; daughters Cindy (David) Fresch of Oswego, Ruth (Wade) Kline of Oneida, Kathy (Jeff) Cooper of Oswego and her son, Dan (Mary Jo) Hare of  Oswego; also her daughter-in-law, Elaine Hare of Fulton; her sister, Donna (Dick) Kostoroski of Oswego; fifteen grandchildren Jeremiah (Raquel) Hare, Stephanie (Nick) Wexler,  Karilyn (Joe) Hotchkiss, Jerrod (Rachel) Calkins, Tara Fresch, Alena Fresch,  Daniel Hare Jr.,  Douglas (Sherri) Hare, Bethany (Josh) Burgess, Wade Kline III, Rachael (Matt) Bonville, Mitchell DuBois, Cole DuBois, Katie Cooper,  Kevin (Maggie) Cooper, twenty great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Harry J. Hare Jr; their son, Harry “Skip” Hare III; and her sister, Bernice Worden.

Friends and family are invited to call from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, at Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany Street. Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at Oswego Alliance Church.  Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Shirley’s name to Friends of Oswego County Hospice,  P.O. Box 102 Oswego, NY 13126.  

Arrangements are under the caring guidance of Nelson Funeral Home.