Lenora Halvorson

lenora halvorson

On Saturday, March 29, 2014 our dearest Lenora, while surrounded by her loving family, was told the bingo numbers were higher in heaven so she decided to leave this world to play the biggest game ever.

Lenora was born April 6, 1938 in Ulen, MN to Oscar and Mary Strand (Hollevoet).  Lenora grew up in Ulen where she graduated from Ulen High School.  After graduation Lenora moved to Fargo where she worked for Manchester’s, Silverline, Welcome Wagon representative, and different gaming organizations.  Lenora met David Halvorson in 1955 and wed on August 11, 1962 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ulen, MN.  She was a devoted housewife and mother.  

Lenora loved playing cards, bowling, bingo, dancing, and watching her favorite sports team the Minnesota Twins.  Her pride and joy were her puppies: Jake, Foxy and belated Johnson.  She loved the grandkids coming around and teaching her how to play solitaire on the computer and how to Facebook.  Lenora was a very caring and giving person, her forwardness was not limited to family, but if she cared for you, she felt comfortable to share her thoughts.  She had a great spirit and was always interested in people and enjoyed life.  Despite her challenges with health issues, she strived to live life to its fullest.  Although her body failed her, she was sharp and witty until the end.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, David; her 5 children, Brenda (Tom) Stout, Pelican Rapids, MN; David (Diane) Halvorson, Fargo ND; Kimberly (Brad) Larsen, Ham Lake MN; Darin Halvorson, Detroit Lakes, MN; and Kari Manteufel, Green Bay, WI; one sister, Julia Olson, Martinez, CA.  She also had 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Margaret, Margorie, and Vina Melbye (Hellem); and brothers; Hartvig, Arvid, Morris, and Herman.

She will be missed by all.

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  1. Bellevue WASo sorry to hear of Lenora’s passing. Haven’t seen much of her since high school, but she was a good friend. Would have loved to play bingo with her a time or two!

  2. I’m sorry to see Lenorna’s passing she was a lot of fun to be around,she would talk for hours on the phone with my mom Adrienne they had alot of laughs.I’m sure you all will miss her a lot. May you find peace.

  3. Moorhead M.N R.I.P. sweet Lenora !!!! I will truly miss you every time I go to play Bingo at the VFW. You where always there with a smile even when you would lose. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and I was so happy to meet you on that special Sunday Bingo night. Lenora told me how great her kids where and how proud she was of you all. She also loved her puppies and said she would not move anywhere they could not go. Her husband was the best also willing to bring her to Bingo rain or shine, sleet or snow he was always there for her. I will truly miss you LENORA !!! I am sure we will meet again up in that big BINGO heaven. Margie

  4. Fargo ND
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Lenora will truly be missed. She suffered with her pain for so long but never did I hear her complain about it. She was a very strong person, full of the dickens at times and that is why everyone loved her so much. Going to miss you at Bingo Lenora. The bingo Palace in Heaven is waiting for you!
    Karen Amundson

  5. Roseville Mn My thoughts and prayers are with the Halvorson family today. They lost a wonderful caring mother and wife. My family was invited on Christmas Eve to share their traditional celebration. Lenora treated my daughter as she was part of the family and treated her like a daughter. This was many years ago. Rest in peace Lenora.

  6. Fargo ND
    I was Blessed to have known Lenora through her son Darin. She was an amazing women, who loved her bingo.
    and whenever she would run into my husband Oscar and I, she always had a norwegian joke for us.She had a warm caring heart.and a smile for everyone.even if she had a bad day.
    she won the best prize in Bingo.A beautiful place in heaven.
    My sympathy to all of the Halvorson family

  7. Moorhead MN
    I have such fun memories of Lenora. I looked forward to seeing her at the family gatherings and could hardly wait to hear what she was going to share. I am going to miss how she brightened up the room with her charm and whit. I shared a ride with her to Fosston for Uncle Roger’s funeral. She made that trip fun and exciting. We stopped in Twin Valley for a ‘soda’ at a quaint little place and she new everyone there. She filled the room with laughter. Back in the car to finish our journey, she hit some pretty high speeds and the highway patrol just pointed at her to slow it down. She waved and kept on a moving down the highway. I can’t believe we didn’t get pulled over. What a gal! Prayers and hugs to you all!

  8. Detroit Lakes Minnesota
    We were so sorry to hear about Lenora. She was an amazing woman who I always admired. I loved her spunk!! I know how hard it is to lose a parent. The memories will help you through. I know we will always remember the 4th of July with her. Sending our love and sympathies to the entire Halvorson family.

    Dan, Tracey,
    Josh, Justin, and Luke

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