Violet's Story

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Violet E. Haile, 90, of Coal Township, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

She was born Feb. 12, 1926, in Ranshaw, a daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Tomaszewski) Topolski. On June 18, 1949, in St. Anthony Church, Ranshaw, she married Joseph P. Haile who preceded her in death on June 11, 2009.

Violet was a lifelong resident of the Shamokin/Coal Township area and was a 1944 graduate of Coal Township High School. She loved to play basketball in high school and was a member of the Coal Township High School girls basketball team.

Violet's first job was at a bank in Shamokin which is where she met her husband. She was also employed at the Eagle Silk Mill and Hillside Sportswear.

She was a member of the former St. Edward Church, Shamokin, now Mother Cabrini Church where she was a member of the church choir.

Violet loved to make handmade donuts. From raising the dough to decorating them. Her doughnuts were the favorite of many people at St. Edward Church block parties. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Her life revolved around her family and her faith. She loved to visit with her children and grandchildren. Her hobby was her family.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Joseph and Claudia Haile, of Corning, N.Y., Mary and Tom Gray, of Virginia Beach, Va., Michael and Ruth Haile, of Sunbury, Robert and Karen Haile, of Sunbury, Theresa and Rui Saleiro, of Columbia, Md., and John Haile, of Ellicott City, Md.; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one sister, Joan Pfeifer, of Philadelphia; numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Joanne Allen; son-in-law, Chris Allen; two grandsons, Christopher B. Allen and Michael Haile; four brothers, Anthony, Stanley, Edward and John Topolski; and six sisters, Jennie Topolski, Helen Startzel, Mary Bridy, Ida Cobelis, Violet (Valeria) Topolski in childhood, and Josephine Zielinski.

A viewing will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home, Ltd., 120 S. Market St., Shamokin, and again from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Mother Cabrini Church, Shamokin, with Father Martin Kobos as celebrant.

Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Coal Township.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Violet's memory be made to the Alzheimers Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C.20090-6011 or online at alz.org.
Published on November 10, 2016
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