Esther Violet Hall

Esther Violet Hall, 95, of Onaway, died at home Thursday, September 5, 2019.  The daughter of Septimus and Laura (VonBerg) Porter, Esther was born in Cedar Springs, December 11, 1923 and was raised in Onaway. She graduated from Onaway High School in 1940 and a year later married Ernest A. Hall Sr. May 30, 1941 in Ohio. Esther and Ernie made their home in Flint where Esther worked as a bookkeeper for Yankee Distributors and later for Siemens USA.  She retired June 30, 1977 and retired home to Onaway after living away for 30 years.


With a great love for the outdoors, Esther enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as working in her vegetable and flower gardens. An excellent bowler, she bowled every week when she lived in Flint and traveled with her bowling league to play in tournaments throughout the Midwest.  Quite possibly the greatest Detroit Tigers’ fan ever, Esther rarely missed a televised game and kept track of Detroit’s stats and standings in the league. Whether they were having a winning or losing season, Esther always remained true to her Detroit Tigers. And though she loved all these things, Esther’s greatest passion was her family. As a young wife and mother, she made a loving home for her husband and children. She adored her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren and couldn’t be more proud and full of love for each of them. Blessed with good health and a loving family, Esther lived her life to the fullest and died peacefully with no regrets.                     

Surviving Esther are her daughters, Pamela (Donald) Tuttle of Onaway and Dawn Peariso (Ken Austin) of Lake Placid, Florida; a son, Ernest A.

Butch” (Linda) Hall of Tower; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Joan Badgero of Onaway; and numerous nieces and nephews. Esther was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years August 29, 2005; daughters, Sandra DeYoung and Judy Rutherford; a son-in-law, Tim Peariso; and brothers, Georgie, Howard and Floyd Porter.

Esther’s family would like to express their gratitude and sincerely thank hospice nurse, Rochelle, and caregiver, Jewel, for their compassion, kindness and special care given to Esther.          

It was Esther’s wish that there be no visitation or a funeral after her death.  A graveside service was held at Hillcrest Cemetery Saturday, September 7. The Rev. Joshua Ferraiuolo officiated.  Those planning an expression of sympathy please consider a donation in memory of Esther to McLaren Home Care and Hospice, c/o McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation, 360 Connable Ave., Suite 3, Petoskey, MI 49770 or to the Onaway Ambulance Equipment Fund.