William Sakusky

William A. Sakusky

Saturday, April 30th, 1949 - Friday, December 20th, 2019
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William A. Sakusky, "Bill", 70, of Bern Township, passed away on Friday, December 20, 2019 in his home. Born in Coaldale, Schuylkill Co., he was the son of Gladys A. (Hoffman) Sakusky, Tamaqua; and the late William A. Sakusky.
Bill is survived by his wife and best friend, Pamela B. (Bixler) Sakusky, his daughter Amy, wife of Michael Jaromnak, Mt. Penn; his step-son Steve Beidler, and his wife Janine, Exeter; and two grandsons: Griffin and Sullivan. He is also survived by his sister Barbara (Sakusky), wife of Charles Kleinhagen, Blue Springs, MO; brother-in-law Thomas Bixler and wife Jane, Williamsport; sister-in-law Julie Bixler, wife of the late David Bixler, Exeter; and several nieces and nephews.
Bill was a graduate of Marian High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies from Mansfield State College, where he participated in football and baseball. He did graduate studies at Temple University and Lehigh University and received a Master Equivalency degree.
Bill began his teaching career at St. Joseph Elementary School in Summit Hill, where he taught for two years and then taught at Hamburg School District for thirty-four years. While at St. Joe's, he coached the CYO basketball team into the playoffs for two years. At Hamburg, Bill coached baseball, basketball and football. He was a football coach for the Hamburg Hawks for thirty-three years, taking on the job of head coach from 1983 to 1995, winning the IC title in 1985 and had more wins than any other coach. He was also an assistant coach at Exeter High School for five seasons, including 1997, when the Eagles won the IC title.
Bill was selected as B.C.F.C.A. All County and Inter County Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1988. He was inducted into the Berks County Football Coaches Hall of Fame, Hamburg Area High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Marian High School Sports Hall of Fame, and Carbon County Chapter of PA Sports Hall of Fame. Over the course of six years, he served as an officer of the Berks County Football Coaches Association.
Bill was a life-long Notre Dame fan and also supported all the Philadelphia sports teams. Family, fishing and football all made him happy. He always had a laugh when people called him "The Godfather of Hamburg Area Football."
Services will be held on Saturday, December 28 at 1:00 pm from The Bridge Church, 3561 Old 22, Hamburg. A viewing will be held in the church Saturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Burial will be private in Fairview Cemetery of Shillington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Hamburg Athletic Fund, c/o Aaron Menapace, 701 Windsor Street, Hamburg, PA 19526. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamburg is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit,
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 | 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm
    The Bridge Church
    3561 Old Route 22
    HAMBURG, PA 19526
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 1:00pm
    The Bridge Church
    3561 Old Route 22
    HAMBURG, PA 19526
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Mark S. Caston


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Ruth Himmelberger

Posted at 08:08pm
Bill was a friend who always asked us to go to American Music Theater! We have many good memories of Bill and Pam.
Thank you especially for brightening our days when I had cancer. Your hospitality was wonderful! Ruth & Bernie


Posted at 09:47am
My sympathies to Pam and the entire Sakusky family. My relationship with Bill has been entirely through the game of poker. In recent years as Bill lost his mobility, he has been our poker game host during which he never let his disability dampen his spirit, interfere with playing his cards "close to the vest", or diminish his competitiveness and congeniality. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Bill. Joe Simmons

Jim Keim

Posted at 03:59pm
Steve, just wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to you and your family in this difficult time. We will be thinking about you during the holiday.

Jim Keim

Jim Klinger Posted at 10:35pm

Rest In Peace my friend and Mansfield State College football teammate. Peace to you and your family. Jim Klinger, MSC, 1971

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