Robert H. Haibach Obituary – Erie Times-News

Robert (Bob) H. Haibach, 89, of Erie, passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2022 surrounded by his beloved wife, Mary Alice, and family. He was born in Erie, March 31, 1933, the son of the late Elmer W. and the late Genevieve (Grode) Haibach.

Bob was a loving and beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, son and brother. He was dedicated and hardworking during his working life, but his real life’s work was caring for his family and generously volunteering his time and talents in service to many community organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America (BSA ), United Way of Erie County, Blessed Sacrament Church, Hammermill Employees Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, and Kiwanis Club of Erie, among others.

Bob has had a long and storied history with the Boy Scouts, serving in many leadership roles and impacting the lives of many Scouts. For over 30 years with the BSA, Bob was a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster and leader in many other capacities. He has served as a role model for thousands of boys and young men and their families by building their confidence, learning life skills and achieving their Scouting goals. He has been recognized for his service by the BSA, including the Silver Beaver Award, one of the highest awards for service and leadership given to adult volunteers, the St. George Scouting Award from the Catholic Committee on Scouting, and he was a member of the Order of the Arrow. The proud father of six, Bob’s four sons and two grandsons became Eagle Scouts, Scouting’s highest rank. A storyteller all his life, he loved to regale his children, grandchildren and scouts with countless stories, including his famous Moss Man tales around the campfire for maximum thrills.

After attending St Andrew’s and Cathedral Prep, Bob graduated from Gannon University with a degree in accounting. Subsequently, he worked at the IRS before being drafted into the United States Army serving in peacetime, then returned to the IRS after his service. Subsequently, he worked at Haibach Bros. Meats, Hammermill Paper Company in corporate auditing and taxation for 21 years, and as Director of Finance and Administration at United Way of Erie County for 8 years before retiring. Bob also had his own tax preparation business for over 40 years, which created fond family memories of the midnight errands at the post office on April 15!

Bob was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church for over 60 years and served the parish in many ways, including parish council, school board, as a member of Usher’s Society, as Eucharistic minister and in various other committees. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council of the Church of the Sacred Heart, and an associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Bob did the Cursillo retreat, as did his wife Mary Alice.

He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Erie for more than 20 years, having served as president, board member, and chairman of numerous service committees. Bob and Mary Alice also enjoyed the camaraderie with many friends while dancing with the Almost Isle Square Dancing Club. Bob was an accomplished and prolific photographer, always had his camera handy and passed on his photography skills to many of his children and grandchildren. During his retirement, he enjoyed traveling with Mary Alice, including Rome, where they had the chance to see Pope Francis, on biannual trips with their children and families to the beaches of North Carolina, and other trips around the county to visit family.

Bob has dedicated his life to his family, friends and serving others through volunteering and mentoring in the community.

Bob’s family would like to thank his many caregivers, especially Terry, Linda, Kimberly and the staff at St. Vincent’s Neurological Unit, among others.

Bob was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Donald V. Haibach. Survivors include his beloved wife of 66 years, Mary Alice (Stumpf) Haibach; six children: Mark R. Haibach (Patty Boyd) of Pittsburgh, Mary C. Haibach of Erie, Kathleen R. Woll (Jim) of Pittsburgh, Kevin W. Haibach (Michaela O’Toole) of Studio City, California, Daniel D Haibach (Eileen) of Dayton, OH, and Thomas M. Haibach (Cheryl) of Mars, PA; ten grandchildren: Michael (Shane), Noah (Ahu), Bryan, Lauren, Niles, Carolyn, Leonie, Gannon, Genevieve and Lydia; and a great-grandson Atlas. He is also survived by his sister Mary Rita Warneka of McLean, VA, and brother David Haibach (Ann) of Campbellsville, KY; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends are invited to call at Brugger Funeral Home, 1595 West 38th St. on Thursday, September 1 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and are invited to attend funeral mass on Friday, September 2 at 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1626 West 26th St. ., Erie. Interment will follow at Heaven’s Gate Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Blessed Sacrament Church, Sisters of St. Joseph of NW PA, and Boy Scouts of America French Creek Council.

Posted August 29, 2022

Posted in Erie Times-News

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Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory 1595 West 38th Street Erie, PA 16508

September 01, 2022 at 15:00 – 19:00


Church of the Blessed Sacrament 1626 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16508

September 02, 2022 at 9:30 AM


Heaven’s Gate Cemetery 5711 West Lake Road Erie, PA 16505

September 02, 2022 at 10:45 a.m.

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