Peggy Haller Obituary

Peggy  Haller
Peggy Haller
Peggy Haller

May 30, 1920 - February 1, 2011
Born in Omha, Nebraska
Resided in Waukee, IA
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Florence �Peggy� O�Neal Haller, 90, passed away Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at her home in Waukee.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 16th and Grand, West Des Moines, followed by a luncheon in the Parish Center, and then burial at Resthaven Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Sacred Heart on Friday, February 4, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m.

Peggy was born May 30, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from Omaha Central High School. She was nicknamed �Peggy� at birth by the hospital nurses who loved the popular Irish song �Peggy O�Neal� and the name stuck for life as her Dad often sang the melody to his new infant daughter.

During World War II she worked at the Martin Bomber Plant in Bellevue, Nebraska. She was married to Omahan Benjamin J. Haller, Jr. in 1944 in San Angelo, Texas, while Ben was serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Peggy and Ben moved to Des Moines in 1945 after the war and to West Des Moines in 1947 where they lived for over 60 years until Ben�s death in 2007.

Peggy was devoted to volunteer work throughout her life, especially for causes benefiting her Catholic faith and the activities of her five children. Her volunteer efforts included Dowling High School, St. Joseph Academy, Mercy Hospital and in particular Sacred Heart Church and School where she and Ben were active in the growing parish over several decades.

Peggy and Ben were also well-known in banking circles in Iowa and other Midwestern states through Ben�s career as owner and editor of the Northwestern Banker, a trade journal serving the banking industry.

Peggy is survived by her five children, Benjamin III of San Francisco, John of Walnut Creek, California, Tom (Jann) of Omaha, Ann (Brian) Gismot of Johnson City, New York, and Mary Sue (Al) Lone of Urbandale; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Erin (David) Morain of Jefferson, Iowa and their son Will, Sara (Brian) Fleming of Omaha and their �expected-any-day� twin sons Brody and Benjamin, Catherine Haller of Omaha, Nathan (Sarah) Gismot of Binghamton, New York, Megan Gismot of Binghamton, New York, Jessica (Erik) Bair of Polk City, Iowa and their daughter Kaitlyn, Kevin Lone (Tim Voy) of Des Moines, and Tim Lone of Urbandale and fianc�e Megan Splittgerber. She is also survived by her sister Jean (Bob) Thurmond of Omaha, many nieces, nephews and in-laws, and special friends Dolores Nutt and Clare Gannon. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Florence O�Neal of Omaha, five sisters and one brother.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dowling Catholic High School or Mercy Hospice.

That's Peggy O'Neal


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Sacred Heart Catholic Church
1627 Grand
West Des Moines, IA US 50265
Friday, February 4, 2011
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Mass of Christian Burial
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
1627 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA US 50265
Saturday, February 5, 2011
10:00 AM
Resthaven Cemetery
801 19th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Saturday, February 5, 2011


Sacred Heart Catholic Church
1627 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50265