June 1, 2008
202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 6/3/2008 14:00:00
Willard Oh 6/4/2008 11:00:00
Haley Bergman, age 15, of Willard, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2008, at her home. She was born July 22, 1992, at Norwalk, Ohio, to Jim and Sophie Bergman. She was a freshman at the Willard High School, where she played in the orchestra and also played the clarinet and piano. Haley had a Technician Amateur Radio License and was a member of the Trailblazers 4-H Saddle Club.
Haley, mature well beyond her fifteen years, shared her gift of love and friendship with her family and her friends. She was a special young woman whose bravery and determination to fight cancer was admired by all those who loved and knew her. She never complained of pain or reflected her frustration with her illness. Thus, she was nicknamed “Rocky” by her doctors and nurses at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Haley was one “smart cookie”. She possessed a passion for learning that was astounding, earning numerous awards for her accomplishments. She excelled in all aspects of her life; her studies, her writing, computer technology, horsemanship and so on.
Her greatest passion was horses. She loved her horses and fulfilled her dream of becoming an accomplished horse woman. Her dream began with a family vacation to Nashville a few years ago. She and her family visited a famous horse farm in Kentucky and from that experience her fondness for horses emerged. It wasn’t long thereafter, that she met “Bo” the quarter horse whose friendship helped her accomplish her dream. She loved showing “Bo” at horseshows and the highlight of her summers was the Huron County Fair. Soon thereafter, her horses Bazooka and Cutie Pie came into her life. Her horses provided her such pleasure and happiness. Even, at the point when she was no longer physically able to ride, she loved watching them “horsing around” in the pasture.
As you can tell these paragraphs are being written on behalf of her family, friends and all who loved her and whose lives she touched. We are the fortunate ones for having known Haley and for the privilege of having been a part of her life.
She is survived by her parents, Jim & Sophie (Getz) Bergman; sister, Cheryl Bergman at home; maternal grandparents, Mary Getz and the late John Getz; paternal grandparents, Jim Bergman and the late Ruth (Krynock) Bergman; cousins, Jenny & Jason Boggs of San Marcos, CA, Kelly, Cameron, and Carson Parrish of San Marcos, CA, Amy, Todd, Nik and Lexie Brown of Fremont, OH, Ashley, Skip, and Sienna Turner of Clyde, OH, Mike Pressler of Fremont, OH, Jason Lydy of Columbus,OH, and Ashley Lydy of Willard, OH, Aunt Deb (Rick) Greiner of Fremont, OH, Aunt Ann Coffman of Escondido, CA, Aunt Becky (Neil) Lydy of Willard, OH and Aunt Sandy Getz of Dixon, CA
She is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, John Getz, paternal grandmother, Ruth (Krynock) Bergman, and her great grandmother, Mary Bishop.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard. The funeral service will be Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at 11:00 A.M., at the First United Methodist Church in Willard, with Pastor Lynda K. Masters officiating. Burial will be at the Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Ohio. Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Akron, OH, the Akron Children’s Hospital or to the New Haven United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com
To Sophie and to Becky (Lydy) and both families
My heart goes out to all of you. You will continue to be in my prayers not only for what all of you have been going through, but also for what you will be going through for some time to come. Though Haley is now out of pain and in a better place, I know that all of you are still in pain. Know that my thoughts and prayers will still be with you.
Sophie and Jim,
I did not know your daughter but I can see that she was truly loved by many. You are in my prayers. God is a God of All Comfort and no one can comfort like Him. He is there right this moment and in the days and lie ahead.
Denny and Sherry Johnston
I truely am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter at such a young age. Upon reading her obituary and all the comments, I can tell she is greatly loved and missed by everyone that she encountered. May God help you through what has to be the roughest thing in life to deal with. My deepest sympathy to your family.. Kelly Dickerson. Mansfield, Ohio
We were so sorry to hear about Haley’s passing. We are thinking of all the Getz and Bergman families with deepest sympathy.
Dear Jimmy, Sophie & Cheryl,
I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter and sister.I can not imagine the grief you must be feeling. It is times like these that make you realize what a gift life is and how precious our time is together. Our hearts and prayers go out to you in this time of sadness.
Love Mark, Jennifer (Bergman) Zaremba and Tyler
My heart goes out to Haley’s family and I offer my deepest sympathy during this difficult time. Haley seemed like a very beautiful woman inside and out. I wish she would have been able to stay with us longer, but she is now at peace. I’d like to share a poem with you that someone passed on to me.
THE DASH By Linda Ellis
I read of a man who stood up to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end
He noted that first came her date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time
That she had spent alive on the earth.
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not how much we own,
The cars, the house, the cash –
What matters most is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.
So think about it long and hard . . .
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
That can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
To consider what is true and real,
And try to understand
The way other people feel.
Be less quick to anger
And show appreciation more,
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved them before.
Treat each other with respect
And more often wear a smile,
Remembering this special dash
Might only last a while.
So when your eulogy is being read,
With your life’s actions to rehash,
Would you be proud of the things they say,
About how you spent your dash?
Taking care of Haley was truly a blessed experience. I began to look forward to seeing her when I came into work. She was an inspiration and a wonderful soul. God has truly recieved an angel. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through these difficult times. Tracy Lange, RN
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
My sympathies to your family for the loss of your beautiful daughter. What a neat young lady she was. Cancer is an unforgiving disease which takes those that we love; our granddaughter passed away at the age of 15 in 2003 of Neuroblastoma and it is still very difficult for us to bear the loss. Haley will never go away in your hearts and will always be with you.
Jim and family we are sorry for your loss and want to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and your family. Mike and Boots, Rock Stream,NY.
We are so sorry for your loss. Haley is truly an inspiration of strength. God Bless Haley and your family.
Dear Jim, Sophie, Cheryl and Big Jim.
Our hearts go out to you. We so wish we could be with you. Please know that we are thinking of you and sending you strength to get you through this difficult time. Our family was so blessed to have had Haley in it. She was an inspiration for all of us.
Love, Great Aunt Judy and Ken
My sympathy to the family. I do not know you but the article in the Fremont paper told of what a loving and strong person Haley was and how her memory will be so precious to all who knew her. May God bless all of her family.
Jim and Sophie, Our thoughts are with you at this time and always. May God look upon you and bless you with the most wonderfull memories that you can remember. Take care.
We are sorry to hear of Haley’s passing. She was a great friend who we loved to share our equestrian love with her, fair just wont be the same with out her. She will be greatly missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prays. The Strojin Family.
Dear family of Haley:
You do not know me nor do I know Haley or your family. I read the obituaries daily in the Fremont News Messenger and came across Haley’s. I was deeply saddened to hear of someone so young and losing their life to cancer. You have my condolences and are in my thoughts and prayers. I can’t imagine losing someone so young. She truly sounds like she was an incredible person and an inspiration to those who knew her. I am a school nurse at Woodmore and have a team who has been walking in the Sandusky County Relay for Life for the past 2 years. We have a walk coming up June 20-21 at Connor Park in Fremont and will be walking for those who are survivors as well as those who have passed this life due to cancer. Someday we will find a cure! In the meantime, we walk remembering those special people who have been stricken with this awful disease, and who made such an impact to those they knew during their time on earth. Again, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jim and Sophie, you have my deepest sympathy with your loss. Please accept my apologizes for not being able to be there. Someday i can expain. Haley was truly a very special girl and will always be missed. Time will pass, the pain will be great, the crying will seem like it will never end, but eventually we will all be together. With love and sympathy Scott Horn
Dear Jim, Sophie and Cheryl,
We were so sorry to hear of your loss as we read the newspaper today. Our hearts go out to you and your family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our daughter ,Brittany, also loves to ride and lost her pony in a stall accident at the Lorain County Fair two years ago. So,we know for sure that there was a pretty snow white P.O.A waiting for Haley to mount up and gallop through the clouds of heaven as she came through those gates.Oh, what a beautiful ride that must have been for them. Free from pain and suffering. Our prayers are with you at this time. God Bless your family. The Mills Family Keith, Brenda, Brittany and Brandon
To the family of Haley Bergman,
Our Lorain County 4-H club would like to send our deepest condolences to your family. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you. We pray God’s peace will be with you at this difficult time.
The Bits & Spurs 4-H club
We are very sorry to hear of Haley’s passing. She has been in our thoughts and Prayers since we first learned of her illness. She was a very special young lady and an inspiration to all and will be greatly missed.
The members, advisors and parents of the
Desperadoes 4-H Club
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Haley. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.
Dear Sophie and Jim, I for one can say I know what your going through. Our dear little Laura was a patient at Akron Children’s too, and loved all the nurses and Doctors there. I was with her every day-emergency runs and all. Look to the Lord for strength-He will comfort you. I am so sorry Soph that you both had go thru this. My sincere sympathy to all the family. Marilyn
Sophie, Jim and Cheryl,
I am SO sorry to hear of Haleys passing. We were hoping and praying that things would get better. Know now that she is in a better place with no more pain and suffering. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless!
So young so smart my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of you loss.
Haley was an inspiration to my children, fighting so hard and accomplishing so much. May you be comforted in this difficult time knowing she is a beautiful angel and she will always be in your hearts.
Holly, Monica, Melanie & Andrew Rose
Desperadoes 4-H club
Haley was an inspiration to the jr. fair board members at Huron County Fair and also to Willard High School Students and the students in Willard. To have to face cancer at her age. She was strong and well known through out the area. HALEY WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. My prayers are to the family. It will take time and it will be hard just remember the fun times. Im sorry to hear but like i said before Haley was an inspiration to all of us.
We, at New Haven School, were blessed to have had Haley as part of our school family. She will always be remembered for her sweet, gentle spirit and her love for learning. May God comfort your pain and bring peace to your family.
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We have thought about her and prayed for her through these trying times. God Bless Haley and her Family.
The Huron County 4-H program will not be the same with out Haley. She was one in a millon. She was such a special girl and her smile, equestrian talents and kindness will be greatly missed by all that knew her. Prayers and thoughts to her family at this difficult time. Amanda Moore; Richard & Karen Moore
Dear Jim, Sophie and Aunt Ann;
Our thoughts are with you through this most difficult time. May God give you peace with the beuatiful memories of Haley.
Cheryl, Sophie & Jim,
We are so saddened by your loss of Haley. We feel so fortunate to have known all of you through Cheryl and Haleigh’s friendship since kindergarten. Haley always had a smile on her face and we will always remember that. She showed strength and courage to ALL people in any situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family every day. God Bless. The Gibsons
Dear Sophie and family, what a wonderful tribute to a beautiful daughter. I am sorry for your loss.
Sheila (Smith) Biglin
Pioneer High Skill Steno Class (1973)
Dear Sophie an family, So sorry to hear about Haley,my thoughts are with all you. Dorene
sophie,Jim, and Cheryl.
I know this is a very rough time for you.
The best times in my life were spent with haley and she will truly wil be missed. Whenever i think of haley every great childhood memory that i have ever had as a little kid she will be remembered.thank you always for allowing me to be basically part of you family when i was a little girl.
Haley was a light in my life in a better time and a better place.
Haley was the best friend i have ever and will ever have and i will NEVER! forget it.
And heaven has truly recieved an angel.
I love you guys<3
I can’t tell you that I know how you feel. It Seems so unfair to lose a child. All I can do is tell you I will pray for you knowing that your precious little Haley is in a far mor better place peacefuly rideing with the angles. God bless. From : Irene Poore Desperadoes 4-H Club.
Sophie and family, Sorry to hear of Haley’s passing. But know that while we grieve she is being held in God’s precious hands on her final journey. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you His strength in the dyas to come. Mimi
May beauty Live on in your Memories and bring you Peace. With Deepest Sympathy, God Bless. From: Ruth Nelson. (Grandma) Desperadoes 4-H Club
Jim, Sophie, & Cheryl Haley will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. She will always be remembered for that great smile and wonderful personality. If you need ANYTHING, you know you can call. With all our love, Brad, Jenny & Bryce Dials
Jim Sophie and cheryl,as i type this a vision comes too me of putting halloween makeup on haleys face when she was like 7 or so!i can see those gorgeous brown eyes like it was yesterday!!i am so trully sorry for you!!What a smart beautiful girl and such an inspiration!!may god bless u and give you strength serenity and peace!! luv 2 you!brenda Slone Kurzen
I didn’t know you or Haley..but reading of her on dreamhorse message I couldn’t
help but send you my condolences…To lose a child is something every parent fears…She sounded like an angel and i know she will be forever riding horses in heaven…
May God bless your family….
WE ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. SHE TRIED SO HARD TO BEAT CANCER. AND WE WERE SO HOPING THAT SHE WOULD. YOUR FAMILY IS IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
THE PITTENGER FAMILY
Haley has touched so many of us in our community. Her strength and humble quality in handling her illness was a great inspiration. Haley further brought our community together in common support. Her life and struggle serves as an inspiration to many. It is my hope and prayer that her family and friends can take comfort in her gentle way of dealing. God bless.