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Betty Halverson


Mon, Feb 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Betty Halverson passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in rural Ridgeway, Minn. on Friday, February 21, 2014 from a 14-month battle with heart failure at the age of 87. May she enter heaven wearing her dancing shoes and feeling young again.

Betty Halverson was born Bernice Esther Schultz on June 5, 1926 in Preston Minn., the thirteenth (of 16) child born to Richard and Pauline (Bender) Schultz. Betty was baptized and confirmed at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Preston. She attended school in Preston.

After high school, Betty moved to Harmony where she worked various jobs including working at the Harmony House cooking and waiting tables. Betty loved going to dances with friends. One night at a dance in Canton, she met accordion player, Sid Halverson. Following a whirlwind courtship, they were married June 10, 1946 at the First Lutheran Church in Decorah, Iowa. They made their home on a farm in Pleasant township, rural Decorah, until they purchased a 120-acre farm one mile west of Ridgeway in the spring of 1951. Betty was a true farm wife working along side Sid in the fields and in the barn doing chores and milking cows. They continually were fixing up and making improvements on their place, which included putting in a large farm pond in 1979 so family and friends could enjoy fishing and having picnics. Along with the family reunions, birthday parties, etc. held at “the pond” many church activities were held there, also, including a Sunday morning worship service. Betty and Sid loved sharing their place with everyone. They raised their four children on this farm, Sidney (Jim) James, Ronald (Ronnie) Allen, Norma Jean, and John Duane.

Besides being a good dance team, Sid and Betty enjoyed going to auctions. Many Saturday nights they would head down to West Union to their friend’s auction house and undoubtedly bring home many “treasures”. For a time in the early 70’s Betty opened up a consignment store in Ridgeway called the “Bargain Shop” featuring used clothing, furniture and antiques. She was sole proprietor and thoroughly enjoyed running her shop, while still taking care of her tasks on the farm. She closed her shop after the building she was renting was sold. She also sold Aloe Vera products - anyone would be hard pressed to find a better spokesperson for their products. A few years after Sid died in 1986, Betty left the farm and moved to Ridgeway. During this time Betty worked outside t .....
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James Jerome Grabau

Thu, Jan 30th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

James Jerome Grabau, age 60, of Preston, Minn., passed away Wednesday, January 29. 2014, at the Golden Age Living Center in St. Charles, Minn. James was born April 6, 1953, in Preston, the son of Joe and Flora (Anderson) Grabau. He was baptized an ..... 
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Irene E. Eichstadt

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Irene E. Eichstadt, 94, of Preston, Minn.., died on Monday, January 20, 2014, of natural causes at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., where she had been a patient for one day. Irene Ethlyn Lee was born on June 25, 1919 in Dolliver, Iowa to ..... 
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Winnie Halweg

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Winnie Halweg, age 96, of Preston, Minn., died Friday afternoon, January 17, 2014, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Winifred A. Halweg was born June 30, 1917, at Granger, Bristol Township, Minn., the oldest of three daughters to Jerome and Ida ..... 
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Anna Rose LaFreniere

Wed, Dec 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Anna Rose LaFreniere, 90, of Preston, Minn., died Monday, December 9, 2013 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Anna Rose was born on August 30, 1923 in Preston the daughter of William and Emma McDowell. She attended school in Preston. She worke ..... 
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Paul A Lunde

Tue, Dec 10th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Paul A. Lunde, age 96, of rural Preston, Minn., died Saturday, December 7, 2013, at his home. Paul was born October 20, 1917, in Austin, Minn., the son of Clarence and Stella (Anstett) Lunde. He was raised in Austin. At the time of his high school ..... 
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Kay Sunde

Wed, Dec 4th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Kay Sunde, 72, of Preston, Minn. died Monday, December 2, 2013. Kay was born September 26, 1941 in Spring Valley, Minn. to Irving and Beatrice (Jerred) Applen. She graduated from Wykoff High School and later in life received her LPN degree from Ro ..... 
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Doris Marie Prinsen

Tue, Dec 3rd, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Doris Marie Prinsen, age 94, of Apache Junction, Ariz., formerly of Preston, Minn., passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Hospice of Arizona (Greenfield House) in Mesa. Doris was born in Preston on May 21, 1919, to John and Mary (Ledebo ..... 
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Gertrude “Gert” Kneeskern

Mon, Nov 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Gertrude “Gert” Kneeskern, 70, of Richland, died early Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at her home in Richland. She was born June 16, 1943, in Wrenshall, Minn., to Gilbert and Harriet DeJarlis Wolf. Gert grew up in northern Minnesota and graduated fro ..... 
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