Weather Forecast


Mary Ellen Hale

Mary Ellen Hale

Mary Ellen Hale, age 99 formerly of Hastings, MN, died peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at home, in Vancouver, WA, surrounded by family. Mary Ellen, daughter of Stephen and Irene (McKinnon) Gray was born Dec. 13, 1919 in Superior, WI.

Mary Ellen met the love of her life, Bob (Robert E) Hale in LaCrosse, WI. They were married in Superior, WI on April 20, 1943. They were blessed with 12 children, 42 grandchildren, 58 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren. She was very proud of all of her family.

Mary Ellen was a life member of the American Legion Auxilliary Post 47. Over the years she held local and district Auxilliary offices. She retired from the Dakota County Sheriff's Department as the Head Cook for the county jail. She always enjoyed sewing and various crafts. She taught classes at Joanns and Northwest Fabrics in MN.

Mary Ellen moved to Vancouver, WA in 1990. She joined St John the Evangelist Church and immediately became an active member of the Catholic Daughter of America Court 2105. She helped with the making of many quilts and her talents in crafting and sewing became well known in the Holiday Bazaar world; she always had orders from returning customers, which kept her busy throughout the year.

Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister, husband Bob (Robert E.), son Steve, son in law Ralph Shingledecker, and 2 infant grandchildren.

She is survived by 4 sons, Fran (Sharon) Vancouver, WA, Mike (Becky) Green Valley, AZ, Pat (Monica) Aberdeen, SD, and Jim, Apple Valley, MN and 7 daughters, Nancy Shingledecker, Hastings, MN, Kathy (Paul) Shingledecker, Maiden Rock, WI, Sally (Jack) Siebenaler, Hampton, MN, Sue (Mike) Rembleski, Hastings, MN, Mary Lou (Jim) Drahota, Jackson, MN, Lisa (Byron) Woltersdorf, Battleground, WA , Penny (John) Marugg, Battleground, WA, and 1 brother, C. Leo Gray, Lakeville, MN, sisters in law, Javonne Gray, Bemidji, MN, Ursula Pazera, West Bend, WI, brother in law, Ed Hale, LaCrosse, WI, and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass for Mary Ellen will be celebrated Thursday, March 07, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at St John the Evangelist Church, 8701 NE 119th St, Vancouver, WA 98662.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 29, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings, MN. Interment, following a luncheon at the church, will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN. Visitation will be held Friday morning 1 hour prior to Mass at the Church.

For guestbook and further information, please visit

Arrangements are being completed by Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel.