Kathleen “Kathe” Hall, Bismarck, died suddenly at her home on September 13, 2021 following a brief hospital stay, where she was being treated for pneumonia.
Christian Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 23 at Sainte-Anne Catholic Church, 1321, Braman Ave, Bismarck. Lunch will be served. This will be broadcast live via Parkway Funeral Service.
Visitations are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Parkway Funeral Service, with Rosaries and Vigils starting at 7 p.m.
Cremation will take place with internment at a later date, at ND Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Kathleen Mary Engelhard Hall was born to Edmund and Olivia Engelhard on September 21, 1937 in Devils Lake, the youngest of three children. There she attended Saint Mary’s Academy where she met her future husband, Donald Arthur Hall. They married in 1959 and began to raise a family of four children. Donald’s work with the ND Army National Guard brought them to Bismarck in 1970. A tradition of military service ensued, spanning four children, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren. Kathe used to say that she was the one with a lifelong military commitment.
From her early years, Kathe was surrounded by music. The whole family sang (often in German) or learned a musical instrument. She carried on this custom with her own children. Kathe herself excelled at singing and throughout her life was often invited to perform. Music enriched his life immeasurably, causing a lot of joy and laughter. Driving long distances in particular was an opportunity to cover the kilometers together. Church services, routine daily chores, camping and vacations were an opportunity to raise our voices as we sing. Any event turned into a jubilant celebration when his dear friend Jean Hulm accompanied him on the guitar.
Kathe was a member of the Friends of Beauty, raising funds to restore the Auditorium Belle Mehus. She supported the Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra with fundraising and was a longtime season ticket holder. Kathe was an active member and past president of the Bismarck Mandan Thursday Music Club. For many years she performed with the Bismarck Mandan Civic Chorus. She has participated in numerous choral events over the years and has lent her voice to the choir of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, where she has been an involved parishioner for over 50 years.
Kathe is a former Scout leader. She was proud to have graduated with a Bachelor of College Studies from the former Mary College of Bismarck in 1984. She was employed by the Social Services Department at Saint Alexius Hospital for almost 20 years. She volunteered at the ND Heritage Center and founded a chapter of the Red Hats Society. Don and Kathe were able to travel after retirement, visiting friends and family across the country. She enjoyed three extended stays in Japan with their daughter Joyce and their family, as well as an Alaska cruise.
Kathleen is survived by her high school sweetheart and 62 year old husband Donald Arthur Hall; two daughters, Joyce (Daniel) Hessman, Bismarck and Sara (Mitchell) Abel, Indianapolis; and two sons, Michael (Joan) Hall and David (Susan) Hall, both of Bismarck; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Dolores Seashore, Hopkins Minn .; a brother, Eugène Engelhard,
Gresham, Oregon; one sister-in-law, Mary Jane Hanson, Byron, Minn., and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents and the parents of Donald, Hildreth and Magdalena Hall; Donald’s siblings, Margaret Rose (Michael) Centra, Marcella (Jim) Shorey and Robert Hall; and his brothers-in-law, Charles Seashore and Dennis Hanson.
The family are especially grateful to the caring and compassionate staff at Dakota Home Care, especially Sasha, who has developed a wonderful bond of trust with our mother.
Friends can leave a memento or condolence message at Parkway Funeral Services. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to one of the following organizations, his beloved organizations: Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra, Bismarck Mandan Civic Chorus or Bismarck Mandan Thursday Music Club, c / o Denise Anderson, President, 1312 Territory Drive , Bismarck ND 58503.
Posted by The Bismarck Tribune on November 20, 2021.