Joyce C. Halvorson

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Joyce C. Halvorson

May 10, 1935 - October 03, 2019

Joyce C. Halvorson Joyce C. Halvorson
HOLMEN -- Joyce C. Halvorson, 84, of Holmen died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. She was born May 10, 1935, to George and Clara Miller in Stoddard and later baptized and confirmed at St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Stoddard.
She attended grade school in Stoddard, where the principal recommended she become a teacher, after seeing her great aptitude and later attended Central High School, where she was valedictorian of her class. After graduating, she attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education. Shortly thereafter, she signed a contract to teach in the rural Stoddard area. She taught at Grandview School, a one-room schoolhouse, from 1955-1958, where she taught 40 students of all ages, from first through eighth grade. She always spoke proudly of her students, noting how well-behaved and respectful they were.
On June 18, 1955, Joyce married her high school sweetheart, James Halvorson, also from Stoddard. She and James raised their family as she continued to focus on both public and Christian education. She and James were active members at the churches they attended, where she often taught Sunday school and adult Bible studies, including Olivet Lutheran Church on French Island, Faith Lutheran Church in La Crosse, Holmen Lutheran Church in Holmen and most recently, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, in Onalaska.
During her career, she worked with the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo College, to prepare student teachers for the career she loved so much. She prepared approximately 123 college and university students for teaching, imparting her love of the job and her spirit of public service to her pupils. She retired in 1997, after 30 years of teaching at Hintgen Elementary School in La Crosse.
She and James also worked with Education First's Educational Foundation for Foreign Study for 30 years, placing foreign exchange students from around the world in American homes. Her family personally hosted 21 foreign exchange students during this time. Joyce and James enjoyed traveling to Europe, during their retirement years, to visit the former student's families and catch up on their lives.
Joyce is survived by her husband of 64 years, James Halvorson, of Holmen; children, Stephen (Sherry) Halvorson of Holmen and Christine (Jay) Hanjian of Odessa, Fla.; grandchildren, Andrew Halvorson of Sparta, Cassandra (Alan Voll) Hanjian of Hoboken, N.J., James Hanjian of Odessa and Clarissa Halvorson of La Crosse; and sister, Carol (Leland) Zibrowski of La Crescent, Minn. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Richard Miller; and nephew, Brian Walter.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, in Onalaska. Burial will be in Long Coulee Cemetery in Holmen. A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church and from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday, also at the church. Memorials are preferred. The Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley is assisting the family. Condolences may be given at To send flowers to the family of Joyce C. Halvorson, please visit Tribute Store.
Published on October 6, 2019
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Kelly Lay
Oct 13, 2019
My condolences to your family. I was a former student at Hintgen. I remember being in her class. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May she Rest In Peace
Steve Shepherd
Oct 09, 2019
Condolences to the Halvorson family. Mrs. Halvorson was a great teacher and I have fond memories of my time in her third grade classroom at Hintgen Elementary about 33 years ago. She knew how to push her students but showed so much kindness and empathy. I have really appreciated the impact she had on my life. Rest in Peace!
Jeanne Dubord
Oct 08, 2019
Joyce will always have a place in my heart. She was my 2nd mom for many years and I still think of her as my mom. Our family shared many special moments with her and Jim. I don't know how she could do everything she did for the family and everything else that she was part of. I never saw her flustered, stressed or mad. She enjoyed everything she did and her smile could light up a room. Everything about her reflected love and warmth. I don't think that there is another person like her. I really loved her.
My condolences to Jim, Steve, Chris and all of the extended family.
Wendy (Shepherd) Quinn
Oct 08, 2019
Mrs. Halvorson was one of my favorite elementary school teachers. I had her in about 1983 in third grade at Hintgen. She was a very good teacher and such a kind, special person! My sincere condolences to her family.
Marsia Pedelty
Oct 07, 2019
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Phyllis Miletto
Oct 07, 2019
A prayerful sympathy.