THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Carol I. Halversen
Carol Irene Halversen, 83, of Clearbrook, Mn., passed away Saturday, June 7 at the Good Samaritan Center in Clearbrook.
Born at home on Christmas Eve of 1930 in Marinette, to Carl Axel and Helen Irene (Lahna) Johnson, the family describes the event as happening in a blizzard so fierce that a snowplow cleared a path to the house with the doctor following close behind. Growing up in Marinette during the Depression and the rationing of World War II, she learned the importance of making do with what one had and self-reliance. These skills served her well in her life, especially while raising seven children single-handedly.
She enjoyed gardening of flowers and vegetables, walking through botanical gardens looking for new ideas and plants to try at home and walking through her garden eating ripened vegetables fresh from the vine. She had the ability to grow any type of plant or flower.
She strove to set an example of kindness and caring for her children and there was always enough room at the dinner table for just one more friend, a place to sleep for those who needed it or a bowl of food for the neighborhood stray.
She is survived by three sons, Joel (Dawn) Halversen, of Winterhaven, Fla., Clay Halversen, of Bradford, Me. and Shawn (Susan), of Tucson, Az.; a daughter, Sandra Halversen (Ronald) Butler, of Amity, Me.; a brother-in-law, Glen Bindrich, of Fifty Six, Ar.; numerous nieces; nephews; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Keith Halversen; two daughters, Debra Halversen and Diane Halversen and sisters, Ruth Johnson and Helen Bindrich.
Graveside services were held at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Marinette.