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William (Bill) Nagel Maher

  • On September 27, 2018

William (Bill) Nagel Maher, son of Isabel and William A. Maher, born in Detroit Michigan on March 11, 1926, passed away peacefully on September 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where he and his wife of 40 years, Mary Lou (Mullen), have lived for the last few years.

Beloved husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, and uncle, this energetic warm hearted playful man enjoyed sharing his zest for life through teachable moments and time with family. Father of Bil (Maria) Maher, Timothy (Yeshe) Maher, Bonnie (Tom) Sak, Brian (Christy Rector), Mary (Daniel) Hayes, Melissa (Michael) Samuel and the late Michael (Luo Ying) Maher and fforest Maher; Mother of Maher children Gloria (Grady), Stepfather of J.R. (Linda Eremita) Mullen, Cindy (Daniel Hustad) Mullen and Suzanne (Antanas) Shurna; Grandfather to Nadia, Melissa, Nathan, Kelly, Ryan, Kyle, Charles, Michael, Sharon, Jimmy, Lindsay, John and Laura, as well as six great grandchildren.

Following graduation from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Bill served in the U.S. Air Force in 1944 and 1945; subsequently earning his B.S. Degree from the University of Detroit. He joined Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation for 25 years as a sales and marketing executive to the automotive industry. After moving to Muskegon, MI, he was employed by Lorin Industries utilizing his aluminum expertise. He was an active member of the Muskegon Y’s Club (YMCA) serving as president, and was dedicated about raising funds for scholarships for children to attend Camp Pendalouan via the annual White Elephant sale. He also volunteered for the West Michigan Symphony, the Muskegon Museum of Art and in earlier years, Focus Hope in Detroit. Bill was an avid baker and Master Gardener. Sailing Lake Michigan with family for 20 years brought joy to his life as did membership at the White Lake Yacht Club in Whitehall, MI, and travels to Europe, Australia, Asia, and South America.

A Funeral Mass is planned for Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 10 am at Saint Simon & Jude, 1603 Greentree Rd. Pittsburgh PA.  Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to:
Camp Pendalouan, Muskegon YMCA, MI; Focus Hope Detroit, MI; UPMC Family Hospice, Pittsburgh PA.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.cremationfuneralcare.com.

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Mary Hayes
  • Sep 28 2018
Love my dad with all my heart!! You are with me always... Mary
Paula McMartin
  • Sep 28 2018
“Dad” Maher thanks for the love laughter Embarrassing Moments!!!! Haha Yummy homemade bread allowing us to invade at all hours (live-in tooth brushes!) making noise tea and cookies until the wee-hours. Your smile, laugh, large personality and no-nonsense approach (applied when necessary) I will miss. While my heart may hurt at your loss my soul sings with joy that you are once again Healthy, Happy and at Peace. With much love until we see you again ?? Paula
Melissa (Missy)
  • Sep 28 2018
Dad, you were a great Father and wonderful role model and person. We will always remember your fun loving and sweet nature, wisdom, goofy Dad humor and enjoyment of life, nature and family. Oh your appreciation for a good loaf of homemade bread, cookies, ice cream, coffee cake too are legendary. We miss you already but take comfort in knowing you are at peace and restored to your healthy exuberant self, with loved ones in heaven. You are always a part of me and my heart forever more. ?? Love Missy (Melissa)
Marilyn Tierney
  • Sep 28 2018
Best uncle ever! It gives me peace and joy knowing you and Mom are together in Heaven. Love, Marilyn
  • Sep 29 2018
You have given so many gifts to us all and will be greatly missed. Love you ??
  • Sep 29 2018
Grandpa Bill was always so pleasant and easy to be around. I’ll always smile thinking back on summer days spent sailing and enjoying homemade meals on his and Nana’s back porch in their beautiful garden in Muskeogan. He was an incredibly loving and patient husband, and he and Nana really made the most of their years together. I know he’s in Heaven healthy and at peace, and is probably already a regular at the dessert table.
Beth Carrozza
  • Sep 29 2018
Mary Lou and family, So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. So much fun to be around. He was a big help at the MMA and FOWL. Mary Lou sending you hugs and love. Beth Carrozza
Marsha Salzman
  • Sep 29 2018
Bill was a kind and wonderful man. He will be missed by all who knew him. I am certain he will be watching over us from above.
Laurie Weiss Aines
  • Sep 29 2018
Having met Bill as a teenager, I always thought of him as a knight in shining armor. When he and Mary Lou met, it was like a magic fairy tale (at least in my teenage eyes). They fell in love and he scooped her up and carried her off to Detroit. Like the Brady bunch, they combined two families. I could immediately see that he was the BEST EVER father to his 8 kids, and loved the 3 Mullens like his own. Then I saw he was the BEST EVER husband. He so understood and loved Mary Lou. They made the perfect pair. He followed her perfectionist cooking rules, and happily put on that apron, saying "yes, m'am"! Went to her cultural events- concerts, lectures, etc.... Took her hand and persuaded her to get out there bicycling, sailing and more. Okay, maybe she drew the line at running! Together they loved to travel and discovered the world. They were symbiotic! He was the most kind, pleasant and fun man. I am so honored to have been able to spend time with Bill, as a welcome guest in his home and on his beloved sailboat. RIP, Bill and may you sail through heaven watching over your dear friends, children, grand/great grandchildren and Mary Lou.
Char Zoet
  • Sep 29 2018
Mary Lou My sympathy to you on the passing of Bill. You both offered wonderful support to library efforts in North Muskegon. I have only fond memories of both of you.
Mardi Williams
  • Sep 29 2018
Dear Mary Lou~ Thinking of you during this difficult time. Hoping your happy memories with God's Love will give you peace soon. With sincere sympathy, Mardi Monroe Williams
Anne Dake
  • Sep 30 2018
Dear Mary Lou and your family, we are so sorry to hear about Bill. We share Bill’s love of sailing on White Lake and Lake Michigan, the Muskegon Museum of Art , WLYC and know that both of you spent many happy times here in Michigan. You and your family are in our thoughts. Anne and Allan Dake
Edward Doza
  • Sep 30 2018
Dear Mary Lou and family, I really enjoyed working with Bill when he was employed at Lorin Industries. He was very thoughtful and always had a contagious smile. I'll miss him. Our prayers are with you and your family. Ed and Joan Doza
Marcia Garrigan
  • Sep 30 2018
My sympathy to you and your family, Mary Lou. I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Cathy McFadden
  • Sep 30 2018
I am saddened by the news of Bill's passing. He had a special place in so many people's hearts. The Mullins and Mahers were our beautiful extended family in the "early days". The goofy smiles, corny jokes, love and laughter will live on always.
Michael McFadden
  • Oct 1 2018
Reading these beautiful tributes, we can say that Bill lived and loved life and was a source of inspiration to those around him. I offer my deepest condolences to the Maher and Mullen families on this sad occasion.
esther von waldow
  • Oct 1 2018
My most sincere sympathy to the family of “Grandpa Bill”. It was truly a joy to be in the company of Bill. His warm and generous spirit available even in his later days. May the love he shared continue to inspire and live on. Esther von Waldow Friend of Mullen Family
Darnell Gundy-Reed
  • Oct 1 2018
Marylou and family: The Friends of Walker Memorial Library, North Muskegon and myself, send our sincere condolences on your loss. The library has been thankful for the support that both you and Bill offered to us and the warmth and spirit you he showed will be sorely missed.
Marla Major
  • Oct 1 2018
Dear Mary Lou and Family, We are sending loving thoughts to you on the passing of our friend and mentor Bill. He is a loss to the world, will be missed and never forgotten. Our loveliest memories are of White Lake Yacht Club and the patient and gracious way Bill and you welcomed the novices that we were into the world of sailing. Thank you. Love, Marla and Dennis Major
Margaret McFadden
  • Oct 1 2018
Bill was a vibrant, curious and fun-loving individual whose kind spirit will be greatly missed. The memory I will always have of Bill was his gentle kindness and patience, qualities that endured in Bill despite the challenges presented by his illness. He was a beautiful soul. Love, Margaret
James Saunders
  • Oct 2 2018
Dear Mary Lou You & Your Whole Family have my Heartfelt Sorrow for the Death of Your Beloved Husband Bill. Isaiah 25:8.Jw.org.
Don and Jane Rohlck
  • Oct 3 2018
Mary Lou - we are so sorry for your loss. May you find peace in your wonderful memories.
Norm and Cynthia Hakes
  • Oct 3 2018
Mary Lou and family, So very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. What a delight he was to work with at Lorin Industries! We will always remember our fun times with both of you. Sending our love to you, and prayers for your comfort and peace.
Mark Finby
  • Oct 4 2018
I have the fondest memories of Bill. I was young when he came in to Mary Lou's life and forever made her the Queen of his kingdom. He knew how to go with the flow and take life in strides. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing and will forever keep his memory in my heart. Like my parents, he was a best friend to Mary Lou and really personified what it meant to be a GREAT DAD. I'm very sorry Julie and I are not able to make it back but will be thinking of you all. RIP Bill........... you are a great man and a great inspiration to us all.
Sug Crowder
  • Oct 10 2018
All memories of joy! Great uncle, great guy, great family!
Buzz and Wendy Kersman
  • Oct 19 2018
We were so sorry to learn of Bill's death. He was a wonderful and warm gentleman, and just to think of him brings a smile to both of us. I am so sorry, Mary Lou, for your loss. I hope you take consolation in knowing how much happiness you brought to Bill and in the family you raised together. Love, Wendy & Buzz