Verna Halverson

Thursday, April 14, 2016 4:14 pm

Verna Halverson, 90, of Des Moines, died  Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Services are at 1 p.m., Friday, April 15, at Schluter Balik Funeral Home in Decorah, with Rev. Kurt M. Bockoven officiating. Accompanist is Kathryn Thompson. Hymns are “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “Amazing Grace” and “Rock of Ages.”

Verna Lucille (Strinmoen) Halverson was born Nov. 29, 1925, to James Selmer and Louise Strinmoen in Highlandville. She was baptized at the Big Canoe Church in Dec. 1925, and confirmed June 18, 1939. She attended grade school at Highlandville and graduated from Decorah High School in 1945. She then went to work at Ingvaldstack Lumber Company. She then married Mark E Halverson of Decorah at the Big Canoe Church Jan. 24, 1947. They lived in Des Moines for many years, where Mark worked for an electrical company and Verna’s most recent job was with Ardan’s corporate offices.

Verna is survived by a son, David (Carol) Halverson, of Urbandale and a daughter, Susan (Craig) Paine, of West Des Moines; 7 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Charlotte Strinmoen of Decorah, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mark; daughter, Linda Phillips; two sisters, Mildred Johnson and Evelyn Krochus; and three brothers: Norman, Lloyd and Kenneth Strinmoen.

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