Obituary for Loretta Ann Hall (Giannetti)
Loretta Ann Giannetti Hall, of Brownsville, PA, left this earthly life for her eternal life with Jesus in glory on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at the age of 86. She was born on Sunday, December 28, 1930, to Anthony Giannetti and Mary Abdis Giannetti.
Loretta began to study piano at the age of 3 and was a professional musician since the age of 13 when she began to play with a dance band known as the “Three Bs and a Honey.” She was awarded a full scholarship to Carnegie Mellon University. She played piano and organ for many theatrical productions, local school programs, dances, weddings and other social events over the years, including the Brownsville Minstrel shows of the 1950s and 1960s. She accompanied many vocalists and also taught and influenced numerous piano students over her lifetime. She was a superb musician who won many piano competitions and state awards during her school years, and she was a member of the American Federation of Musicians. On Sunday, June 24, 1951, she married Roland R. Hall, of Coal Center, PA, and began playing the piano for worship services at the Coal Center Presbyterian Church, and also directed its children’s choir and adult choir, for which she never requested nor accepted any compensation. Now, after 66 years, the church’s piano bench is empty and the piano is silent, as are those of her piano at home, which was a gift from her father. She taught the Bible study every Sunday at the church, where everyone loved her teaching. She was devoted to Jesus Christ and the teaching of His Word, spending many hours every week in preparation for those Bible study classes. She was always willing to talk about the Bible and salvation through Jesus Christ when the opportunity arose. Her seat at the class table will be impossible to fill adequately. She formerly sang with the Uniontown Community Concert Choir, now known as the Greater Uniontown Chorale, from 1976 until 1987. She was a member of the Coal Center Presbyterian Church, the church’s Ladies Aid Society, the Brownsville Historical Society, the Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation, and was a member of the Brownsville Band Boosters during her children’s high school band years. She was such a sweet, innocent, gentle, lovable soul who was loved by many, especially her children. She was the most precious, loved, and adored mother, advisor, confidant, counselor, constant companion, and best friend of her son, Bruce Hall, of Brownsville, and her daughter, Patricia Hall Mobberly and husband Mark Mobberly, of North Olmsted, Ohio, all of whom survive, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Loretta was pre-deceased by her husband, Roland R. Hall, who died on Friday, February 15, 2008, her parents, Anthony and Mary Abdis Giannetti, and her brother, Philip Giannetti.
Friends will be received in the Skirpan Funeral Home, 135 Park St., Brownsville, PA on Friday from 2 - 8 PM, where a funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Mark Woomer, Rev. Dr. Chip Norton and Rev. Sheldon Barnette officiating. Interment in Lafayette Memorial Park.