Eileen M. (Hall) Kerestes

SALEM – Eileen M. (Hall) Kerestes, 76, died at 11:47 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at Salem Regional Medical Center.

She was born Dec. 22, 1940, in Salem, a daughter of the late Everett and Hazel (Kennedy) Hall.

She was a 1958 graduate of Salem High School and a 1962 graduate of Kent State University, majoring in Education. Prior to becoming a military wife and mother, she was last employed as a third-grade teacher in Sebring, from approximately 1962 to 1966.

She traveled the world while supporting her husband and his 20-year military career, and she made sure to take advantage of experiencing all the locations they were stationed. While her husband was stationed at the Nelligan barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, she worked as a substitute teacher at the Army base’s elementary school.

She also helped with the United Way after her husband became the Executive Director of the United Way Services of Northern Columbiana County when he retired from the Army in 1986.

She was a very active person and had many hobbies she enjoyed, some of which included bridge club, book club, golf, bowling, gardening, crafts and cake decorating; she was a self-taught, multi-talented crafter, even selling her crafts and decorated cakes with her sister-in-law, Fran Hall. She loved to crochet and set out to make every member of the family an afghan, which she almost fulfilled. She also enjoyed babysitting her great-grandchildren.

Because of her caring nature and creativity, she was a role model for all the women in her family. Her generosity made a lasting impression on anyone that had the privilege of knowing her.

She is survived by her only child, Melissa M. “Missy” Kerestes and her fiance, Roger Tullis of Salem; her grandchildren, D’lorah M. Eddinger and her boyfriend, Anthony Bruno, of New Castle, Pa., Timothy S. Eddinger and his girlfriend, Julia McFarland of Salem, and Zane E. Tullis and Colt W. Tullis, both of Salem; two great-grandchildren, Gabriel Lee Scullion and Ella Mae Bruno; her siblings, Irene Halverstadt of Salem, Lawrence (Fran) Hall of Salem and Carol (Bill) Hall-Cox of Poland; and her 11 nieces and nephews, 18 great-nieces and great-nephews and 19 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. She also leaves her four-legged fur baby, Tobie.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death on July 23, 2015, by her husband, Lt. Col. Harold H. Kerestes, U.S. Army (Ret.), whom she married on Aug. 18, 1962. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Walter and Robert Hall; and a great-nephew, Joey Hall.

A celebration of life reception is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at the Greenford Lutheran Church, 7450 W. South Range Road in Greenford.

She will join her husband at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville, Ohio, with her interment at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made in Eileen’s name to the Salem Federation of Women, 271 S. Broadway Ave., Salem, OH 44460; or the Salem Alumni Association, 330 E. State St., Salem, OH 44460.

Arrangements are by the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services in Salem.


(Paid obituary)