Eunice Hall, 86, secretary for military

October 24, 2005

Eunice Harriet Hall, a former administrative assistant with the Women's Army Corps, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and at Andrews Air Force Base, died Wednesday at Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wis. She succumbed to pneumonia after an 18-month-long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She was 86 and was a longtime resident of Towson.

Eunice Onsrud was the eldest of seven children raised on a dairy farm in Oregon, Wis., 11 miles south of Madison.

She and her husband of 40 years, Reynold Bowen Hall, spent most of their lives working in the Baltimore area: Mrs. Hall at Andrews Air Force Base, her husband as a district representative for the old Swift Meat Packing Co. Mr. Hall died in 1995.

During World War II, Mrs. Hall served in North Africa and Italy as a member of the Women's Army Corps, often working within 10 miles of the front lines. Her war mementos, memoirs and service medals are on display at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, said her sister, Dorothy Schuster of Madison.

After the war, Mrs. Hall worked for one year in Athens, Greece, with the Army Corps of Engineers in the rebuilding of the Corinth Canal, which was damaged in 1944 by the retreating Germans.

"She was very spirited and adventurous and always on the go," said her sister. "She was tall and walked erect and always with long strides."

In Maryland, Mrs. Hall was an avid gardener and was a member of the Women's Club of Towson. She also was a member of Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church in Towson.

Four years after her husband's death, she moved to Madison to be closer to family.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.

In addition to her sister, she is survived by three other sisters, Janet Campbell of Marshfield, Wis., Muriel Stoneman of Fitchburg, Wis., and Naomi Rockwell of Oregon, Wis.; and a brother, John E. Onsrud Jr. of Edgerton, Wis.

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