Obituaries for mother of Msgr. Halfacre and father of Father William T. Miller

Marian Halfacre, mother of Msgr. Philip Halfacre, dies 

MUNSTER, Indiana — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, April 25, at St. Thomas More Church here for Marian Louise (Parker) Halfacre, 83, the mother of Msgr. Philip Halfacre, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Streator and Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Leonore.

Mrs. Halfacre

Mrs. Halfacre, a longtime resident of Hammond, died on April 22, 2019, at OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Ottawa, Illinois. She was 83.

Born May 26, 1935 to Philip and Florence (Pittaway) Parker, she was raised in Highland, Indiana, and attended Griffith High School. She married William Kenneth Halfacre on June 15, 1957. He died in 2018.

After graduating from Purdue University, she served as teacher of home economics at Hammond High School and then later as director of food services, where she oversaw the lunch program in Hammond’s 24 schools. After her retirement, Mrs. Halfacre served as a member of the Hammond Education Foundation.

She is survived by two sons, Msgr. Halfacre and Kenneth Halfacre; two granddaughters, Megan and Anna; a brother, Dr. John Parker; a sister, Marjorie (Donald) Miller; and several nieces and nephews.

A private burial was to take place at St. Columba Cemetery in Ottawa. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Thomas More Parish in Munster, St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Streator, or Marquette Academy in Ottawa.

William Joseph Miller, father of Father William T. Miller, dies in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday, April 27, at Our Lady of Victory Church here for William Joseph Miller, 81, the father of Father William T. Miller, pastor of parishes in Galesburg and Abingdon.

Mr. Miller died on April 23, 2019, in Columbus.

Father Miller will preside at the funeral Mass. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Lockbourne.

Visitation is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday evening at the John Quint Treboni Funeral Home in Columbus.

Mr. Miller was born Oct. 20, 1937, in Blackoak, Indiana, to Hobert and Florence (Rickhoff) Miller. While serving in the U. S. Army, he was assigned to West Germany where he met Karola “Rose” Seger. They were married on Nov. 29, 1957, in Schweinfurt, Germany.

She survives as do their eight children, Father Miller, pastor of Corpus Christi, Immaculate Heart of Mary, and St. Patrick parishes in Galesburg as well as Sacred Heart Parish, Abingdon; Marilyn Miller; Thomas (Debbie) Miller; Wayne (Dee) Miller; Theresia (Scott) McLain; Heidi (Matt) Yetter; Joseph (April) Miller; and Monica (Keith) Murnane. Also surviving are 27 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Hobert “Butch” (Elaine) Miller.

Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sisters.

Mass offerings may be directed to Our Lady of Victory Parish or memorials directed to Trinity Catholic School, 1381 Ida Ave., Columbus, Ohio, 43212.

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