William R. “Willie” Haller

william-hallerWilliam R. “Willie” Haller, 80, of 225 Browns Road, Kersey, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016, at UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh, after a lengthy illness.

He was born October 26, 1936, in St. Marys, son of the late Joseph and Veronica Margasen Haller. He was a lifelong resident and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1954.  Willie was a self-employed contractor and kitchen and bath designer and was the owner of Kitchen Country in St. Marys.  He was a member of the St. Boniface Church.

On September 12, 1954, in the Queen of the World Church, he married Janice L. Covac, who survives. He is also survived by a daughter, Jodi Haller (Shane Woods) of Mattawan, MI; two sons, Craig Haller (Sarah) of Evans City, PA and Troy Haller (Linda) of Kersey; four grandchildren, Logan, William, Max, and Sabastian; two step grandsons, Lee and Steven; two sisters, Veronica “Ronnie” Haller of Las Vegas, NV and Kaye Haller of Henderson, NV; and by a brother, Rudy Haller (Janice) of St. Marys.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Zita Haller and Rose Dippold; and by three brothers, Joseph Haller, Ferdinand Haller, and by a brother at birth.

Willie loved the game of baseball.  He was active in supporting and coaching youth baseball in Fox Township and throughout Elk County for nearly 40 years.  He coached Little League, Senior Little League, and Legion teams from the 1980’s until recently.

In the 1980’s, Willie built a baseball field from scratch on his property in Fox Township so that local boys and girls would have more opportunities to learn and play the game he so loved.  Willie was one of the founders of the Senior Little League program in Fox Township.  Providing children with the opportunity to learn and play baseball without having to travel long distances or having to spend a lot of money was very important to him.

Those who watched Willie teaching the game of baseball to kids in Elk County saw a man doing what he loved.  Through his dedication, the kids learned about life and not just about baseball.  Several of the children Willie coached, including his own children, went on to play baseball at higher levels beyond Elk County.  His daughter, Jodi, became one of the first women to ever play college baseball in the United States and thereafter became the first woman to ever play college baseball in Japan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Boniface Church on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 12:00 PM, with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB officiating. Burial will be in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Boniface Church, 355 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846; the Community Nurses, Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA  15857; or to the American Cancer Society, Elk County, 26 South Second Street, Clearfield, PA  16830.

Dale and Janet Forster November 28, 2016 at 9:24 am

Thoughts and prayers to the family. Great guy, will be missed.

Gwen Lee November 28, 2016 at 11:37 am

My condolences to the Haller family, sorry for your loss. May you find encouraging and comforting God’s promises of soon a world without tears, pain, and sorrow.
Rev. 21:4

Jill Pritt November 28, 2016 at 9:06 pm

Troy and Linda, So sorry for the loss of your dad! I pray that you are comforted knowing his suffering is over and he is with God! Prayers to your mom and sister! I am so so sorry!

Ron, Denise, Ashley & Tim Simbeck November 28, 2016 at 10:47 pm

To the Haller Family, we extend our sincere condolences to all. Willie was certainly a great man, who went out on a limb for anyone. Sending hugs to all, he will be greatly missed.

Denise Lyons Pesce December 1, 2016 at 2:47 pm

Sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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