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Charles M. Hall

June 6, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Charles M. Hall, 91, a resident of College Avenue in Houghton, passed away Friday, June 1, 2012, at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium where he had been a patient for the past week.

He was born July 11, 1920, in Houghton, a son of the late Will C. and Selma (Matthews) Hall. He was a graduate of Houghton High School, Suomi College Music Dept. and attended the Sherwood School of Music in Chicago.

His public musical career began at the age of 4-1/2, appearing on the Michigan College of Mines radio station as a boy soprano. In his teens, he hosted his own piano radio show called "Musical Fingers" over Station WHDF located in Hancock.

After graduation from Suomi College and while attending college in Chicago, Mr. Hall auditioned for and signed a musical contract with the Atrium Lyceum Bureau touring the eastern and southern states in the Chattaqua Circuit starring with the musical group known as "The Sweethearts of Song."

His professional career in music terminated because of family illnesses and circumstances. He moved back to the Copper Country and into business employment.

He worked for the Atlas Powder Co. as chief clerk and cashier, then as office manager for Vivian Equipment Co. in Houghton and, lastly, in the superintendent's office for Hancock Public Schools.

He was united in marriage to the "Love of his Life," Theresa M. Erbetta of Painesdale in 1950.

Charles was a member of the Painesdale United Methodist Church. He was active in the choir, serving as Lay Leader, Choir Director, organist and vocal soloist.

In past years, he served as choir director for the former St. Joseph's School of Nursing, soloist and organist at the Christian Science Church in Houghton, soloist and choir director for Grace United Methodist Church in Houghton and organist and choir director for St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in Houghton.

Preceding him in death were his wife; his parents and two grandchildren.

He is survived by his son, William B. (Margo Perry) Hall of Houghton; daughter, Dorothy T. (Bill) MacDonald of Stillwater, Minn.; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Charles' life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2012, in the Painesdale United Methodist Church in Painesdale with Rev. Lillian Richards officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton.

Friends may call on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. until time of services in the church.

Memorials may be given to the Painesdale United Methodist Church in memory of Charles M. Hall.

To view Charles' obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit

The Plowe Funeral Home in Houghton has been assisting the family with arrangements.



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