Joan M. Halvorson
November 9, 1934 ~ July 11, 2014
Joan M. Halvorson, age 79 of New Hampton, IA passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014 at her home with her family by her side. She was born November 9, 1934, in Winneshiek County near Decorah, daughter of Alfred and Marie (Miller) Ehler. She attended several country schools and graduated from Lanesboro (Minnesota) High School in 1952. On November 6, 1954, Joan was united in marriage to Merle Norman Halvorson at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Dubuque. They lived near Jerico for more than 47 years. During that time, Joan worked at Fairview Guest Home and did housekeeping upon her retirement. In 2007, Merle and Joan moved to New Hampton. Joan dedicated her life to being a loving wife and mother. Nothing was more important to her than spending time with her family. She enjoyed fishing, playing cards and was an avid Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan. Joan was a great cook, and her family looked forward to her many specialties—especially her dressing, barbequed spare ribs, pumpkin pie and lefsa. She also had the unique ability to yodel—something she taught herself how to do as a young girl while listening to the radio in the barn and milking cows. She shared her gift to yodel with her family and friends throughout her life. Joan was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 4069 of Alta Vista. Joan is survived by five sons: Gary (Pat) Halvorson of Alta Vista, IA, Jeff Halvorson and Paul Halvorson of New Hampton, IA, Pete (Leanne) Halvorson of Ely, IA, Bruce (Julie) Halvorson of New Hampton, IA; two daughters Shelly (Wayne) Gray of New Hampton, IA and Sandy (Dean) Reicks of Lawler, IA; daughter-in-law Lorna Halvorson of Elkhart, IN; one brother Donald Ehler of Chanhassen, MN; four sisters Bea Johnson of Waterloo, IA, Dorothy Hageman of Elk Run Heights, IA, Norma Jean Roloff of Dubuque, IA and Bernice Henry Johnson of New Hampton, IA; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Alger “Pud” and Arlene Halvorson of Eagan, MN; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Merle; son Edward Halvorson; brothers, Linus and Cletus Ehler; brothers-in-law Carl Johnson, Al Hageman, Larry Roloff, Harold Henry, Calvin Johnson, James Halverson and Don Carroll; and sisters-in-law, Mary Ehler, Thelma Halverson and Arldine Carroll.