Hall, Arelius John
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Arelius John Hall, 93, of Grand Avenue, passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice with his family by his side.
Born November 30, 1920 in Marathon City, WI, John was the only son of the late John M. and Catherine Berens Hall. He attended St. Joseph Elementary School and graduated from Marathon High School in 1938. He then continued his education at the Marathon County Normal School in Wausau, graduating in 1940. His first teaching job was at a one room school house, Windfall Rural School, in Forest County, Wabeno, WI. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 at Great Lakes. He attended the U.S. Navy Quartermaster school before being transferred to Melville, RI for schooling and his duty on PT boats. He was later assigned to Squadron 20 PT246. He saw duty in the Solomon Islands, South Pacific before being transferred to Squadron 36 in the Philippine Islands. During his service, he was awarded the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, W.W.II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal. Following the war, he received his BA degree in education at Stevens Point before graduating from U.W. Madison with a Masters degree in public school administration.
In 1948, he resumed his teaching career at Jefferson School in Sheboygan, teaching grades 7 and 8. On October 11, 1952, he was united in marriage to Kathryn Coletta Ritger in Marathon City. In 1956, he was assigned the principalship of Lincoln and Jefferson Schools until 1965. He then served as principal of Wilson Elementary School from 1965 until his retirement in 1983. Through his career, he continued his education with scholarships at the National Science Foundation at the Northern Michigan University and the U.W. Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
John was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Sheboygan Kiwanis Club since 1961, the Knights of Columbus since 1956, Farmers and Sportsman's Club since 1955, Phi Delta Kappa since 1960, Wisconsin Elementary Principals Association and the National Elementary Principals Association. He enjoyed hunting, skeet shooting and trout fishing. A master craftsman, he also built his own bamboo fly rods and enjoyed countless hours in his workshop. In recent years, he loved spending time with friends at The Gathering Place in Sheboygan Falls.
He is survived by his three children, Matthew (Kellie Dworaczyk) Hall, Austin, TX, Margaret Hall, Sheboygan, and Helen (Jim) Traudt, Whitefish Bay; five grandchildren, Matthew and Ellie Traudt, Whitefish Bay, and Andrew, Sean and Elyse Hall, Austin, TX; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Besides his parents and wife, Kathryn, he was preceded in death by his three sisters, Arabella Lovlien, Antoinette Rheinschmidt and Beatrice Sommers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014 at St. Clement Catholic Church, New York and 6th Street. Fr. Matthew Widder will celebrate the Mass. Family and friends are welcome at the Olson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1132 Superior Avenue on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and again on Friday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Entombment will take place in Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.
A memorial fund has been established in his name to benefit The Gathering Place and St. Clement Parish.
Olson Funeral Home & Cremation Service
1132 Superior Ave. Sheboygan, WI 53801
Published in Sheboygan Press on Mar. 24, 2014