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Betty J. Halverson, 79, of Elgin, Iowa died Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at her home in Elgin, Iowa. Betty Joan, the daughter of Jacob and Bertha (Tinderholt) Wander, was born December 31, 1933 on the family farm west of Clermont. She graduated from Clermont High School in 1951. After high school, Betty worked as a telephone operator in Decorah, Iowa.
Betty was united in marriage with Roy Halverson on February 21, 1954 at the West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont, Iowa. After Betty and Roy had their family, Betty went to work as a cook at Valley High School in Elgin, Iowa until her retirement. Betty and Roy lived on a farm south of Elgin until Roy’s death in 1987, when she moved into town.
Betty loved to cook and garden. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and going places with her friends.
Betty is survived by her six children, Michael (Monica) Halverson of Dubuque, Iowa, Allen Halverson of Kalispell, Montana, Roger (Sharlene) Halverson of Clermont, Iowa, Barbara (Kendal Beisker) Blockhus of West Union, Iowa, Bruce (Brenda) Halverson of Norwalk, Iowa and Jill (Craig) Sebastian of Castalia, Iowa; thirteen grandchildren, James (Teri Jo) Halverson, Jeffery Halverson, Jenny (Adam Williams) Halverson, Candace (Dalen) Moser, Wade Halverson, Garry (Susan) Blockhus, Randy (Sara) Blockhus, Kelly (LeAnn) Blockhus, Meghan Halverson, Morgan Halverson, Royale (Jerrod) Torkelson, Arial Sebastian and Riley Sebastian; thirteen great-grandchildren, Delia, Zachary, Alexis, Jackson, Callie, Skylar, Easton, Peyton, Sydney, Connor, Alexander, Eean, and Colin; one brother, Steven (Eileen) Wander of Hawkeye, Iowa and two sisters-in-law, Juliane Wander and Chris (Lyle) Meisner, both of Clermont, Iowa.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; her parents and two brothers, James and Jerry Wander.
Visitation was Sunday, December 15, 2013 from 3 - 7 pm at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elgin, Iowa and also one hour before services at the church on Monday.
Funeral Services were held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 16, 2013 at West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont, Iowa with Rev. Dayna Winke as the Officiant.
Interment followed at the Elgin Cemetery, Elgin, Iowa.
Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elgin, Iowa helped the family with the arrangements.