William Henry Haaga

October 15, 1942 - April 29, 2019
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William Henry Haaga died peacefully on April 29, 2019 at his home in League City with his wife Lynette and family by his side. He spent many years living with the challenges of Lewy Body Dementia, and met each day with quiet strength and a positive outlook. Bill was 76 years old.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Wendelin Haaga and Irene Tomlinson Haaga, infant sisters Mary Ann and Jean Irene, and grandson Paul Schrum.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years Lynette Amborn Haaga; son Curtis Haaga; son Randy Haaga and wife Maria; son Michael Haaga and wife Carol; daughter Michele Cholewinski Marousek and husband Steve; grandchildren Steven Haaga, Elizabeth Cholewinski, Sarah Cholewinski, David Cholewinski Jr., Joe Haaga, and Joanna Rogers; cousin Don Haaga and wife Monica Merkins of Sausalito CA; nieces Jennifer Krause, Kaylen Whetstone, and Ella Amborn; nephews Brian Krause and Lucas Amborn; his very dear gray cat Teacup; and many caring friends and relatives.

Bill was born and raised in Geneseo, Illinois. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1960, and was part of Band, Athenian Club, Chorus, Boys State, Senior Play, and College Club. Bill played the tenor saxophone, was a member of De Molay, and attended Grace United Methodist Church. His first jobs were working alongside his Dad at Hammond-Henry Hospital, and selling furniture at Klavon’s. He and his Dad took special trips to see their Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers play. Right after high school, Bill and two friends took an adventurous road trip to the west coast and back, leaving them with plenty of great stories to tell.

Bill graduated from DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago in 1961. His career and raising a family both started in Illinois and then brought him to the Houston area. He worked at Maxwell House Coffee for 27 years, starting out as an electrician and working his way up to department manager over Cappio production. Bill took early retirement in 1996 when he was only 53.

Bill loved to travel and when he retired, he and Lynette took trips any chance they could. Some of the places they visited were Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Canada, Thailand, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Turkey, the Caribbean, and South America. They traveled around the US too, with trips to New York, Alaska, New Orleans, Washington DC, Seattle, Georgia, New Mexico, Florida, and Minnesota. Cruises were always his favorite. He wanted to have those travel experiences to enjoy looking back on later in life instead of just the brochures for places he wished he would have gone, and it turned out just the way he wanted.

There wasn’t any handyman job that Bill couldn’t do around the house, and he took a part-time retirement job at Home Depot for many years to share that talent helping other people with their home projects.

Long-time residents of Galveston, Bill and Lynette moved to the mainland just before Hurricane Harvey. Bill was a member of the East End Historical District Association, Galveston Historical Foundation, The Laffite Society, and Moody Methodist Church, and was an enthusiastic volunteer especially in the East End. He loved Mardi Gras, the Lone Star Rally, and getting together with friends and neighbors.

Bill’s passion in life was always cars. Starting with his high school ’57 Chevy, he just loved everything car-related, especially working on engines and taking his cars out on the road. His favorite was his ‘68 Corvette convertible that he restored himself from the ground up, and he would love pointing out its 427 engine and tri-power Holley carburetor setup. Bill met Lynette (and her ’73 Mustang convertible) at a Friday evening car club Cruise Night at the old Prince’s Drive-In on South Main in Houston, and they had so many happy times together through the years going to car shows and car club events with their friends. The two always had a friendly on-going Chevy versus Ford rivalry between them. Bill was a member of Convertibles of Houston car club, 2-term President of Bayou City Cruisers car club, and a member of The International Show Car Association.

Bill was a calm, loving man who cared for his wife, family, and friends deeply. His two beloved Chartreux cats were already waiting for him in Heaven and probably didn’t waste a minute jumping back up in his lap.

There’s no way to give enough thanks for all the special people who were so devoted to helping us take care of Bill – Dr. Matthew Dacso, Dr. Leanne Burnett, Nurse Cheryl Bruno, Sandra Sands-Arnaez, TTI Home Health Care, Libbie’s Place, Right at Home and Anchor Hospice. You made all the difference in the world for him and for us.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, May 18th, 1:00pm, at Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd Street, Galveston, Texas with Rev. Dr. Jerry Neff officiating. Memorials may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association at lbda.org or the Galveston Symphony Orchestra.

 

 

 

 

 

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Memorial Information

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm

Moody Methodist Church

Address:

2803 53rd St,
Galveston, Texas 77551

Reception to follow at the church hall.


Donation Information

Galveston Symphony Orchestra

P. O. Box 16987
Galveston, Texas 77552
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Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA)

Phone: 404-549-4254

912 Killian Hill Road SW
Lilburn, Georgia 30047
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Born: October 15, 1942
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MARY L ALLEN posted on 5/15/19

CURT, RANDY, MIKE, MICHELE, AND STEVE--WE ARE SO SORRY TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR DAD'S DEATH. IT DOES SOUND LIKE HE HAD A VERY FULL AND HAPPY LIFE. WE ARE SO GLAD THAT YOU ALL WERE ABLE TO BE WITH HIM TO COMFORT HIM AT THE END AND TO GIVE HIM YOUR LOVE AND BLESSINGS. LOVE, AUNT MARY, UNCLE WALT, AND DAN WETHINGTON, ROCHESTER, MN.

 

Monica & Don Haaga posted on 5/13/19

We are so sorry for your loss Lynette and so happy you had so many years with Bill. I lived across the street from cousin Billy when we were young. He was a fun loving child who grew into a beautiful gentle man.

 

Judy Kay posted on 5/7/19

Bill was a gentle man with a great smile. He will he missed.

 

Kellye posted on 5/6/19

Bill will be missed...prayers are with Lynette and all the family

 

Diane and Michael Wonio posted on 5/6/19

Lynette, We are deeply saddened by your loss of Bill. He always greeted us with a smile at Laffite meetings. I enjoyed sitting with him the one time there was an empty seat at his table, and just visiting with him for a few minutes when Mike and I sat elsewhere. Your amazing obituary brought smiles and a realization that we only got to know a tiny bit of the wonderful person Bill was. We send your and your family our love and prayers for solace and peace.

 

Paul & Frey posted on 5/4/19

Our hearts are with Bill in Heaven and you Lynnette and family here on earth. We know he is in a much better place now, and will miss his gentle conversations over a glass of wine at block parties, the Oleander Garden, or in the grocery store. We’ll see you soon at his Celebration of Life Service! Hugs, Paul & Frey

 

Michele Marousek posted on 5/3/19

My Dad was a wonderful father and husband. He was selfless and the best memory that I have is that all my memories are wonderful. We never had a single argument that I can think of. We loved going to the beach together. We also loved spending the day at the Doubletree Hotel pool and eating at the pool bar. I miss him terribly.

 

Maria Haaga posted on 5/3/19

You, Lord, keep my lamp burning, my God turns my darkness into light. Psalm 18:28

 

Marilyn Scharlau posted on 5/2/19

Lynette we are so saddened to hear of Bill's passing. We so enjoyed him on our visits to your home and when you and Bill were here in Minnesota. Your strong faith in our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ will sustain you in the days and weeks ahead. Our love to you and your family. Chuck and Marilyn

 

Genevieve Schlekeway posted on 5/2/19

Sorry for your loss Michele and family...

 

Jason Amborn posted on 5/2/19

Lynette-We are so sorry to hear about Bill. We will miss him dearly. He was a great man. I am proud to say that I was his brother in law. We will miss his kindness and friendship. We remember the wonderful times we had with Bill in Minnesota. The family trip we took with him on the houseboat up on the Canadian border will always be remembered. You and Bill are in my family's thoughts and prayers. Take Care. Jason Amborn and Family Maplewood, Minnesota

 

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