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Surrounded by family and friends, Sonia Jean Hall passed away Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 at the age of 82. Sonia was born in 1935 in Greenville to Roy and June Brown.
She worked in Grand Rapids much of her life at General Motors, later moving to Traverse City with her husband, Alvin Hall, and eventually retiring to the Upper Peninsula near Germfask.
Sonia was fiercely independent, a single mom with strong work ethic, which she instilled in her three children. Witty and intelligent, she loved music, literature and art. She enjoyed drawing and painting portraits of her grandchildren and the landscape surrounding her home on the Big Manistique Lake. She was the orchestrator of family and fun, responsible for years of fond memories.
Sonia was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Hall; her parents; a sister, Patricia Christensen; sister-in-law, Judy Lyttinen; brother-in-law, Mark Hall; and two great-grandsons, Corin and Zeke Goodwin.
Sonia is survived by her children, Robert (Melinda) O'Leary, of Columbus, Indiana, Sonia (Gary) Clem, of Frankfort, and Michelle (Marvin) Theile, of Ocala, Florida; nine grandchildren, Jody (Norman) Mackey, Jesse (Rebecca) Clem, Jennifer (Brian) Sojka, Jessica (Chris) Lanning, Allison Clem, Sean (Briana) O'Leary, Paul (Olivia) Theile, Angela (Ernie) Skeans and Becky (Jeff) Goodwin; and 18 great-grandchildren. Sonia is also survived by her sisters, Victoria (Gary) St. Lawrence, of Salisbury, North Carolina, and Andrea Packer, of Greenville; two brothers, John Brown and Dennis Bigler, both of Grand Rapids; brother-in-law, Marvin Christiansen, of Lansing; brother-in-law, Donald Hall, of Henrietta; and brother-in-law, Gary Lyttinen, of Tapiola. She is also survived by numerous beloved nieces and nephews and her special friends, Jerry Swanson and Charlotte Wiard, of Frankfort.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m., at Christ Church, 430 Fair St., Traverse City. A luncheon will be served following the service. Interment will be at the Maple Grove Township Cemetery in Kaleva at 3 p.m.
The family wishes to thank the caring staff at The Maples in Frankfort. Memorial gifts may be directed to the The Maples, 210 Maple Ave., Frankfort, MI 49635, in memory of Sonia Hall for the garden restoration project.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Sonia with her family by way of her online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on November 1, 2017
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