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William P. Kriger

  • On April 6, 2019
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William P. Kriger was born on June 30, 1941 in Moon Run, PA and was the son of the
late William J. and Martha M. Kriger. He is survived by his wife Shelley J. Kriger, and
children Malinda Kriger and Luke Kriger, former wife, Virginia Kriger and children, Shawn
Kriger (Jacki) and Kim Robyak (Rick); grandchildren Brooklyn, Addisyn, and Brianna
Kriger and Haley and Andrew Robyak. Bill was the devoted and loving brother of
Marlene Postufka (Harry, deceased), Jan Lewis (Rich), and Dan Kriger (Patty). He had
many nephews/nieces and great nephews/nieces.
Bill was a 1959 graduate of Montour High School, where he won 10 varsity letters in
football, basketball, and baseball. He accepted a full scholarship for football to North
Carolina State University, where he was a backup quarterback to Roman Gabriel. After
college, Bill returned to Montour High School as a teacher and coach for football,
basketball, and baseball. He was the head football coach from 1973 to 1986 and then
served as Athletic Director from 1988 to 1996. For over 20 years, Bill served as a scout for
the Pittsburgh Steelers under the guidance of Art Rooney, Jr. Bill was always committed
to the development of the total athlete, including continuing education, and mentoring
athletes on and off the field from adolescence through adulthood.
Bill was a Leader, Player, Teacher, Coach, Brother, Husband, Father and Saint to those
suffering, in need of companionship, or an ear to listen. He was self-less with his
devotion to others and never gave up on you at your lowest moments.
He loved his entire family, unconditionally. He loved his players. And he loved his
friends. He loved Montour, was fiercely loyal and deeply cared for others. He always
put others before himself.
May we take comfort that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has welcomed him into his
arms and reunited him with his parents and the many friends whom came before him.
Family and Friends welcome at Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care (formerly Somma
Funeral Home), 5405 Steubenville Pike, Robinson Township on Monday, April 8 from 6
PM to 8 PM and Tuesday, April 9 from 1 PM to 3 PM and 6 PM to 8 PM. Mass of
Christian burial will be held 10 AM on Wednesday at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church,
Coraopolis, PA.

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10 Comments

Diane Halupa
  • Apr 6 2019
My heart goes out to you and your family. You know how much he was loved in our house. We will never forget your visit. God bless you and the family. You will be kept in our prayers
Paula Hein (Phillips)
  • Apr 6 2019
I am deeply sorry to hear of Bills passing. I can't believe that it was only a few months ago that he was at my brother, Richard Phillips, passing. He gave a beautiful speech at Richard's Celebration of Life luncheon. Bill graduated a year before me with my brother Richard Phillips. Too many of my beloved classmates have passed in a short amount of time. I choose to believe that they are building their own football group in heaven. God bless all of them! Paula Hein (Phillips).
Angela Colarossi
  • Apr 6 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family!
Frank Goulet
  • Apr 6 2019
Our sincere condolences to our friends and all your family. May Your dad be greeted in the Kingdom our our Lord and Savior by all those who loved him. May he find peace and joy with a swift journey into the open gates and may you all find joy in the celebration knowing you will see him again.
A. Dines
  • Apr 6 2019
Bill was one of the best. A true family man and leader of Montour sports. May God bles his family as he blessed us all at Montour.
Dennis Schavolt 27
  • Apr 7 2019
Cousin, friend, teammate, and proud moon runner - as kids we fought like cats and dogs, as teammates we had success - as friends we were able connect our lives as older adults - Bill we be sadly missed by me, but more so by this many friends, shut-ins he visited, and of course his family in which he has taken so much pride. William entering the pearly gates will be easy for you, but please don't tell God not to fumble.
Roger A. Pieto
  • Apr 7 2019
My life long friend , confident, and teammate is gone . He will be sorely missed!! Bill was our team leader and a great QB!! A fierce competitor with a kind and gentle heart!! He was like a bother!!
Billy Johnson
  • Apr 7 2019
My condolences to Coach's entire family and his friends and all who love him. May God rest and rest his soul forever in Jesus holy name. Amen
Russ Opipery
  • Apr 9 2019
You will always be our QB
Kim Halupa Trapuzzano
  • Apr 10 2019
There are no words that can adequately describe what an amazing man Coach Kriger was to my brother and our family. I’m so grateful that my daughter had the chance to meet him last month, while he and Shelley were visiting SC. After only two days she absolutely adored him. His phone calls and messages were always filled with concern, compassion and love. He will forever be missed and never forgotten. Keeping his entire family in my constant prayers and thoughts.
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