WILLARD - 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.