Jean S. Hall

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Jean S. Hall, 83, passed away peacefully at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at the Dujarie House, Notre Dame, Ind.
She was born Jean Clare Shafer on May 29, 1929, in Findlay, to the late Oliver D. and Verna Mae (Donaldson) Shafer.
Jean graduated from Findlay High School in 1947, and attended Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, where she graduated in 1951 as a classically trained flutist with a degree in music education and minor in English. On Dec. 29, 1951, in Findlay, she married Maclin S. Hall of Sidney.
While living in Madison, Wis., she worked as a music director in the area public schools. She was active in music as a teacher and accompanist throughout her life, later teaching private piano and flute lessons while raising her four children in Dayton, Okemos, Mich., and Perrysburg. Her later years were spent in Appleton, Wis., and Marietta, Ga., and for the past 10 years close to family in the Mishawaka-South Bend area.
One of her greatest joys and passions was instilling a love of music and fine arts in her children and grandchildren. She was an avid reader and cherished both faith and spirituality and a life of the intellect.
In the early 1970s, she commuted from Perrysburg to the University of Notre Dame to take classes in theology from Morton Kelsey, and made several visits over the years to the Apple Farm Community in Three Rivers, Mich. Her friends and family will miss her very much, know she will forevermore be one of their guardian angels just as she was while she was here, and look forward to being with her again one day.
Mrs. Hall is survived by her husband of 61 years, Maclin, and her four children, Eric (Kathy) Hall, of Brighton, Mich., Jonathan (Teri) Hall, of Lynnfield, Mass., Jennifer (Paul) Masterson, of Zanesville, and Douglas (Cathy) Hall, of South Bend. Mrs. Hall is also survived by her 12 grandchildren, Michelle (Max) Powers, Carl Hall, Michael Hall, Joshua Hall, Andrew Hall, Emily Masterson, Jillian Masterson, Jacob Masterson, Mac Masterson, Nicholas Hall, Mary Kate Hall and Caroline Hall.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at the St. John's Lutheran Church, in Sidney. The Rev. Jon Schriber will officiate. Graveside services and burial will follow at Glen Cemetery, Port Jefferson.
Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to services in the church on Saturday.
Palmer Funeral Homes, South Bend and Cromes Funeral Home, Sidney, are assisting the family.
Special thanks are expressed to the staff at Morningcrest Nursing Center, Dujarie House at Holy Cross Village, and Center for Hospice Care for their loving care and support of Jean and the family.
Contributions in memory of Jean S. Hall may be donated to St. John's Lutheran Church, 120 W. Water St., Sidney, OH 45365.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at the funeral home's website,

Published in Sidney Daily News on Jan. 31, 2013
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