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Virginia 'Gin' Mae Halverson

IRONWOOD - Virginia "Gin" Mae Halverson, 93, of Ironwood, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, from complications related to COVID-19.

She was born July 22, 1927, in Winegar, Wisconsin, to the late Merritt and Theodora (Thompson) Haralson.

She married the love of her life, Gordon J. Halverson, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Ironwood, Michigan, on Jan. 5, 1952. From the moment she saw him, she knew she was going to marry him. She worked at a dental office, the Hansen Glove factory, and as a clerk at Vertin's department store in Ironwood. Her favorite job of all was being a homemaker and taking care of her family and the people around her.

Virginia was a wonderful soul that loved spending time with her kids and grandkids. She continued the tradition of rocking and singing songs to her grandchildren, and was never afraid to show her affection with hugs and kisses.

All of the neighbor kids wanted to come to the Halverson house and they were always welcome. Virginia enjoyed watching her kids and grandkids play sports. She was an avid Green Bay Packer and Detroit Tiger fan. She loved animals, especially dogs. When she was a young girl, if people wanted to find her, her mother would say "just look for the nearest dog."

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ironwood.

She spent the past year at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility in Wakefield, Michigan. Even though her dementia had taken over, her love and sense of humor prevailed. She was always joking around with her caretakers. She had such a happy demeanor, and so much love in her heart. We would like to thank the staff at Gogebic for taking such good care of Virginia and being there when we could not.

She is survived by three children, Chip (Joyce) Halverson, Clayton, Wisconsin, Scott (Debbie) Halverson, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and Jan (Dan) Swetkovich, Pence, Wisconsin; nine grandchildren and stepgrandchildren, Crystal (Scott) Engel, J.J. (Danielle) Borseth, Erik (Stephanie) Halverson, Ashley (Dennis) Kolman, Sydney (Ashlee) Rivette, Peter (Cassandra) Swetkovich, Tracy (Eric) Schott, Stacey (Jay) Kivisto and Emily (Shane) Swetkovich, 16 great-grandchildren and stepgrandchildren, August, Emmie, Keira, Eli, Sloane, Jordan, Harper, Alex, Logan, Mykenzie, Kendahl, Gabe, Antonia, Parker, Piper and Ada; her sister-in-law, Irene Halverson, and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gordon; a son, Mark; a daughter, Gayle, in infancy; a grandson, Jason Halverson; a daughter-in-law, Kathy (Cvengros) Halverson; three brothers: Harold (Gladys), Clayton (Winnie), and Duane Haralson; two sisters: Doris (George) Youngberg, and Joyce (Bob) Mills; and brother-in-laws Eugene Halverson, and Clyde (Hazel) Livingston. ; and her beloved, loyal dog, Misty.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

We would also like to extend our thanks and appreciation to UPCAP, Avanti Home Health, Jerald Rocco, Lori Smith (whom Mom called her "her other daughter"), Sue Selin (for being a mom to Misty when mom was ill) and Patti Conhartoski. Your Ginny loved you and we were so blessed for the care you gave her.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield. Condolences may be expressed online at

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