Bert Lawrence Hall
August 20, 1959 ~ September 22, 2015
Bert Lawrence Hall had an eclectic taste in music and books, an off-beat, dry sense of humor and a cadre of devoted family and friends. He was generous, reserved, intelligent, and a bit of a goofball. He fought kidney cancer the way he approached life, with inner strength, grace, love, and faith. Bert passed away on Sept. 22, 2015 at his home in Brigham City surrounded by loved ones. He was 56. Born on Aug. 20, 1959 in St. Paul, Minn., Bert was the oldest child of Jerry Hugh Hall and Margaret Jane Austbo. He was later joined by two younger siblings, Winifred "Wendy" and Mark Hall. Bert attended South St. Paul High School in Minnesota, where he played football and ran track. After graduating in 1977, he went on to St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. While in his first semester, Bert became a founding member of the "Kildahl Liberation Army," a group of freshman pranksters, many of whom became Bert's dearest lifelong friends. He transferred to the University of Minnesota in 1980 for a year and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Bert graduated in 1981 from St. Olaf with a BS degree in English. Bert married Jennifer Carmichael on March 9, 1995 and had two children; they were later divorced. Bert’s children Emily Grace Hall and Miles Lawrence Hall were the light of Bert's life, and he looked forward to every opportunity to spend time with them. They had many great adventures together. Bert met Bonnie Wills Sedan in 2009 and they married on July 7, 2012. Through Bonnie, Bert had three step-children, Dustin Petersen, Amanda Petersen, and Hannah Sedan, and three step-grandchildren, Dameon Petersen, Carson Petersen, and Ryker Petersen. Bert was a proud member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Brigham City and was active in the community. Bert loved cycling, skiing and playing hockey. He was known for taking cross country cycling trips with friends throughout his life. Bert was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Hall. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 at St. Michael's, 589 South, 200 East. A celebration of his life will follow from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Interment will take place at a later date at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ogden, UT. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Acts Six Soup Kitchen, one of Bert's favorite causes. Contributions can be made directly to the soup kitchen, or through the "Bert Hall Memorial Account" at any America First Credit Union branch. Entrusted to Gillies Funeral Chapel, Brigham City.
I met Bert on Facebook in 2009. He was kind and genuinely funny, a loving person who had loads of love to give. I will miss him very much. My heart goes out to Bert's family at this difficult time.
Federica Venezia from Rome, Italy.
It is hard to believe my brother Bert is gone I learned many things from my older brother, how to play softball, pick up chicks, riding bike, water skiing, sailing. Bert had many found memories as Green Lake in Minnesota and once long ago he said when he died he would like to have his ashes sprinkled over Green Lake. Life will not be the same without Bert, but he would have us all carry on, remember to say you love those important to you and most of all trust in God. Someday I look forward to seeing my brother again in heaven, but I have some things to do before that. God bless all those who have given condolences to our family, God bless
Mark Hall Bert little brother
Bonnie, we are so sorry for Bert's passing.I'm so glad you both found each other and you will be together again for sure. We send our love and prayers of comfort.
I had the pleasure to be in a small group Bible Study with Bert for nearly two years. I enjoyed his unique perspective and open-mind and heart. He invited me to serve with him at the Acts Six Soup kitchen and that soon became one of my favorite causes too. Later on I also enjoyed watching Bert and Bonnie fall in love and experience unconditional love. They were a beautiful coouple. As heartbreaking as it is to say goodbye, I'm going to say see you later Bert. Much love to Bonnie and family.
I met Bert during our Freshman year at St. Olaf in the rec lounge at Kildahl (I was also a resident). Bert's energy and zest for life (and fun) was contagious. I can only imagine heaven is in need of a Cruise Director - and Bert was chosen.
Bonnie, I'm sorry about your loss.He is not in any more pain. You two had the best time when you were together. You were happy for awhile. If you need to do anything, I will help in any way, just let me know. I love you.
I met Bert for the first time about 6 years ago in a small group at church. I always loved his unique perspective and uncanny way to make us all laugh. After we moved to Wisconsin, I enjoyed his facebook posts and comments on the Packers. I will smile each time I think of him. See you on the other side Bert. Bonnie...you will be in my prayers and take comfort in the memories of the good times as that is what Bert would have wanted.
Dear Bonnie and family,
I wanted to extend my sympathy for your loss and pray that God will comfort and strengthen you for the days ahead. Please call on me if I can do anything for you.