Collette Rose Braun Hall, 80, of Grantsburg, passed away Dec. 26, 2019.
Born to Michael and Amelia Braun on Jan. 8, 1939, she was the youngest of 11 children all born and raised on a working farm outside New Trier, Minn.
Collette graduated with the Hastings High School class of 1957. She married Jon Hall in 1961, remaining his favorite dance partner for 57 years, and together raised four children: Guy, Wendy, Faith and Eric.
Collette often spoke of her childhood on the farm with fond memories-except for the chickens! The majority of the younger siblings were male, so she was destined to become a tomboy.
Collette and Jon owned and operated two restaurants in their lifetime. An excellent waitress and restaurant manager, she was much beloved by her customers. For many years, Collette was a runner and enjoyed being a member of the Wild River Ridge Runners. She could often be seen running at dawn before going to work at the restaurant. One of her proudest accomplishments was completing Grandma’s Marathon—twice!
In later years, Collette devoted time to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren attending their many music and sporting events whenever possible. You could always hear her cheering in the crowd. An avid baseball fan, she was determined to watch as many Twins games as she could.
Collette showed her love of church by being active in Circles, counting money, singing in the choir, and helping with Sunday School. She and Jon also spent hours preparing food for Lenten suppers.
Collette was a loving and devoted wife, taking care of Jon in the last year of his life with unbelievable dedication. She was a wonderful mother and a practical, hardworking, independent woman that always gave 100 percent.
She was preceded in death by her brothers Edward, John, and Thomas and her sisters Junilla and Nora.
Collette is survived by her three children: Guy Hall (Tina Rife), Wendy Hall, and Faith McNally (Steven). She is also survived by four grandchildren: Randi, Shane, Drew, and Jenna, and three great-grandchildren: Evan, Abigail, and Gage. Collette was preceded in death by her loving husband Jon in 2018 and her beloved son Eric in 1991.
Memorial services were held at Faith Lutheran Church, 421 South Russell Street, Grantsburg, on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 - visitation began at 10 a.m. followed by the service at 11 a.m.
You are invited to leave condolences, memories and photos at www.rowefh.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home, 715-327-4475 and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown.