Cecilia Halvorson, 81, mother of Spring Valley woman

Cecilia Halvorson

Cecilia Ann (Riepe) Halvorson, 81, of Stewartville, died of natural causes at home on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, surrounded by family.

She was born on Aug. 5, 1936, in Ada, Minn., to Frank and Catherine (Byrnes) Riepe.

She lived with her family where they farmed for many years and graduated from Ada High School. She later moved to Rochester.

She was married on Nov. 17, 1956, in Ada to M. Richard "Dick" Halvorson.

Following their marriage the couple lived in Harmony, Spring Grove and Chatfield before settling in Stewartville in 1966 where they raised their family and have continued to make their home. She was a homemaker, an avid gardener, and a daycare provider in her home. She also helped manage the Halvorson Concession Stand on Main Street with her husband and kids, which operated for 14 years. She was was famous for her Mexiburgers.

She was a loyal member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church and participated in several church activities. She also was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and marched carrying the flag in many parades over the years. She liked fishing and camping in Ely on summer vacations and taking road trips with her family. She loved playing cards and followed the Vikings and Twins. She loved to celebrate in costume for St. Patrick's Day and Halloween and was known to crash her kids' parties. She loved crafting and hand-quilting quilts for her family, and recently finished quilts for all 20 of her grandchildren. She enjoyed time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by three daughters, Cheryl (Charles) Paulson of Rochester, Karen (Greg) Lange of Spring Valley and Kathy (Matt) Voigt of Stewartville; six sons, Dr. Ronald of Brainerd, James (Joanne) of Virginia Beach, Virg., Jerry (Melissa) of Kasson, Gary (Chong) of Kaiserslautern, Germany, Brian (Karen) Halvorson of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Alan (Kathy) of Keller, Texas; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, George(Susan) Riepe of Richfield; and three sisters, Agnes Kolb of Rochester, Francine(Richard) Bergantine of Fargo, N.D., and Pauline Toner of Anaheim, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her husband, M. Richard "Dick;" two brothers, four sisters and a daughter-in-law, Jean Hanson Halvorson.

The Mass of Christian Burial for her was held on Friday, May 4, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville with the Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.

On-line condolences are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com.