2013-02-14 / Obituaries

Bonnie J. Halvorsen

Bonnie Jean Halvorsen, 79, of West Lakeshore Drive in Brimley, Mich., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., surrounded by her family.

Bonnie was born June 6, 1933; in Manistique, Mich. She is the daughter of Raynard Larson and Marvel Kimball. Her father died when she was three years old and her mother married Carl “Inky” Anderson when she was seven. Bonnie graduated from Manistique High School with the class of 1952. She married Joseph Halvorsen on April 15, 1952; the couple has five children and remained in the Manistique area until 1963.

Bonnie was the wife of a state park manager and this resulted in moves to Hancock, Grand Haven, Brimley, Paradise and Marquette, Mich. She and Joe built their retirement home in Brimley in 1990, to be near their children and grandchildren. The couple spent their retirement winters in Las Vegas for many years, they loved to pull the slots.

Bonnie was a member of the St. Francis Xavier Parish and Bay Mills exercise group. She enjoyed her Tuesday afternoon movie outings and enjoyed watching her grandchildren play basketball. Each year the family and extended family enjoyed a picnic and swimming in the Lower Tahquamenon Falls. Most Sunday afternoons the entire family gathered at ‘Moms” for coffee and conversation.

Survivors include her children, Debra (Duane) Piche, Dawn Parish, Jim (Roxie) Halvorsen, Joe (Arlene Freeman) Halvorsen, and Karla (Don ‘’Pickle”) Myers, all of Brimley; 14 grandchildren, Amy (Fiore) Cappelli, Renee (Bob) Johnson, Sally (Jacques DeMolen) Piche, Megan (Hugh) Clarke, Alan Parish, Lauren Halvorsen, Autumn Halvorsen, and Mike Myers all of Brimley, Jeff Parish and Jamie Myers of Sault Ste. Marie, Rick Myers of Ann Arbo, Mich., Steffen (Andrea) Halvorsen of Muskegon, Mich., Nathan Halvorsen and Craig Halvorsen of Grand Rapids, Mich; great-grandchildren, Fiore and Dante Cappelli, Garrett and Darren Johnson, Brezlyn and Boston Halvorsen, and Karson Kennedy.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents and step-father; husband of 53 years Joseph; sister, Sylvia DeVine; brother-in-law, Lauren DeVine; and son-in-law, Alan Parish.

Visitation was held at Hovie Funeral home on Friday, Feb. 8, from 4-8 p.m. Prayer service was held at 7 p.m. with Fr. Augustine Jacob.

A funeral mass was held at St. Francis Xavier Parish, in Brimley on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m. Fr. Augustine Jacob officiated. Burial will be in Oaklawn Chapel Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be left to St. Francis Xavier Parish or Joseph and Bonnie Halvorsen, Lake Superior State University Memorial Scholarship Fund - Natural Resources.

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