- September 27, 1959 - February 14, 2017
- Strongsville, Ohio
of CHRISTA's Passing
Seidman Cancer Center of Southwest General Hospital
18697 Bagley Road
Middleburg Heigthts, OH 44130
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“Through family I had the pleasure of knowing Christa, thoughts and prayers coming your way in this time of grief.
1 of 12 | Posted by: Nancy Brunett - Parma Heights, OH
“We are truly sorry to hear of Christa's passing. She was a wonderful lady, my father loved working for her and spending time with her and Scott. We...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Zsuzsanna Bedocs - Berea, OH
“Mike and I will miss you. Even though we did not see each other a lot in these last few years, you and I did try. I remember many years ago at our...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: A friend
“Christa you will be missed terribly.Your warm smile and hugs.I will think of you often.when you meet my mom in Heaven please give her a hug from me.
4 of 12 | Posted by: Terri and Bert Canterbury - Berea, OH
“Christa was a sweet person. With a big heart. I will truely miss her. Our hearts go out to her family. Her and Scott are wonderful people. We will...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Terri and Bert Canterbury - Berea, OH
“Dear Scott,Erich and family,my deepest sympathy for your loss. Christa was a good person in all she did. Sincerely Cathy Mctigue (Kaiser RETIREE)
6 of 12 | Posted by: Cathy Mctigue - Olmsted twp, OH
“Such a great person, we got to know a short time. We will miss talking to her over the fence. I enjoyed the pool with her over the summer. We are...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: A friend
“To the family of Christa S. Haley. My family sends their deepest sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to you. Psalm 90:12
8 of 12 | Posted by: Nancy Foley - East Cleveland, OH
“We are so sorry to hear about the death of Christa Haley. Erich is the best fried to Shawn Phillips and he grew up with all of us. May God be with...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Faye & Curtis Phillips - OH
“We are all so sorry to hear about Christa. Her infectious smile will be missed. May your family find some peace in your memories. Your friends at PNC...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: A friend
“Scott and Erich I am deeply sorry for your loss. Christa was an extraordinary woman and will be missed by everyone that knew her. She touched a lot...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Donna Maxwell - Auburn Township, OH
“I met Christa through her warm relationship with the Chirdon family. She, MaryEllen, and I were the "older" women at my daughter-in-law's (Michelle)...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Lorena Carlson - Athens, OH
CHRISTA SUSAN HALEY (nee Rudmann)
"Wonder Woman" has no more work to be done. She surrendered peacefully to Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) at home with family.
She was truly a devoted daughter of Geza and Aurelia Rudmann of Middleburg Heights and Allie "Jack" and Patsy J. Haley of Brook Park. All are gone now but never forgotten.
Loving wife to Scott J. Haley, married 1978
Proud mother of Erich Christopher Rudmann Haley and wife Dr. Victoria Romero Haley
Doting Oma to Ty Mojave Goss and Wyatt Jackson Romero Haley
Loving Sister of: Klaus Reischl (deceased), wife Hanni; Kurt Reischl, wife Traudi of Austria
Cassandra Moscalink, husband Gary, Cleveland
Jindra Hopek (deceased), friend Tony, Cleveland
Lorna Verlato, husband Eric, Cleveland
Aunt to: Martin Reischl, Sabine and Thomas Loedler, Ali Kho, Lorna Lynch, Gary-Lee Moscalink, Rachel Hopek, Shane and Josh Smithburger. A Great-aunt to eleven and a Great-great-aunt to one.
Christa was a graduate of Berea High School, Class of '77. Following her parents footsteps, she earned a Drivers Education Degree from Kent State University (as did her father) and an Accounting Degree from Cuyahoga County Community College (like her mother).
Christa owned and operated Metro Driving School from 1986 – 2017 and educated over 17,000 teens and numerous adult students. She received many letters of gratitude from former students and their parents over the years. One such letter from a father (a former student of Geza), upon completion of his son's teen driving course said, "Geza would be proud of his daughter's Professional Business Success."
Always caring about others' well being first, Christa was trained for CPR by the Red Cross and had attended nursing classes. She always helped family and friends to research medical problems and was caregiver to her mother, father, mother-in-law, aunt, sister-in-law, cousin, and friends. Over the years, she was also a birth coach to her nieces and saved the lives of several neighbors and a family member.
Christa proudly boasted of being a first generation American of Austrian decent. She was a consummate cook/baker using her great-grandmother's, mother's, and uncle's Old-world recipes, transcribed by her from German. Christa also spoke fluent German and could recognize eastern European languages.
Christa loved to travel and desired to see the world. She frequently reminisced about Scott and Christa's first trip together in 1979 to the icy cold mountain whitewater of the Hiwassee River with cousins Steve and Ruth near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. To her, it marked the beginning of a lifetime of adventures together and with the family. Over the years, she travelled extensively through the U.S., Canada, Europe, Central and South America. She especially enjoyed Cruising (18), and had cruised the Caribbean (all points), the Hawaiian Islands, Alaska/Pacific North West, and the Mediterranean. Some of her favorite memories were: hiking the Austrian Alps listening to cowbells orchestrate the Sound of Music; visiting and brunching at the Swarovski World Headquarters, an invited guest and member of the Swarovski Crystal Society; Zip lining at Icy Straight Point, Alaska; taking helicopter tours whenever she could.
Christa was a passionate animal-lover and had many pets: Fifi, Buffy, Spunky, Kaos, Lucky, Snowball, Cody and Cookie. She was also fond of the wild animals that frequently visited her in the backyard. When she talked to them, they always barked, meowed, and chirped back. Her baby Raccoons (Frick and Frack), an Owl, a Hawk, Squirrely the Squirrel, and Chippie the chip monk, are already free.
While Christa lost a hard-fought battle against SCLC, she no longer has to endure the pains of an earthly body; she will experience the freedom of life ever after with God and her loved ones gone before. In time, Christa will be interred next to her mother and father.
If you'd like to bring a fond photo of Christa to place on a memory board, the family would encourage you to do so.
In lieu of flowers, donations suggested to Seidman Cancer Center of Southwest General Hospital, 18697 Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held 3:30 p.m., Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at the funeral home. The family will receive friends SATURDAY 2 - 3:30 p.m. at the A. RIPEPI AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY RD., MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS (WEST OF I-71).