Pat Halverson, age 78, of Neenah, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020. Pat was born in Neenah, Wisconsin, to Adolph and Theda Pingel. She married, and spent 57 wonderful years with her loving husband. She is survived by her husband, Paul; her children and their spouses, Lisa (Jesse) Gander, and Jeff (Jenny) Halverson, whom she loved dearly; six wonderful grandchildren, Josh Gander, Rachel Gander, Rebekah Gander, Vinny Halverson, Jack Halverson, and Isaiah; a sister Lois (Dick) Stauss, stepfather Julius Wismer and his three children, nieces, cousins, and many wonderful friends. She is preceded in death by her dad, mom, sister Judy, step dad, and many other friends.
Pat dearly loved her two children and spending time with them. She loved everything about her babies, and she was a stay at home mom until the kids went to school. During their preschool years she very frequently was planning or leading some play or learning activity that included not only her children, but some of the neighborhood children. A favorite activity was having picnics on the lawn for her children and the neighborhood children. As the children grew older, Pat enjoyed family trips, including numerous outings to various Wisconsin campgrounds, several trips to Yellowstone Park, vacations in south Florida, and many trips to the Arkansas Ozarks. Pat and her family also loved a variety of outdoor and sporting activities. While the children were in high school Pat attended virtually all of their football games and tennis matches.
Pat’s five grandchildren were a constant source of pleasure and attention. Each one was uniquely special to her. She loved babysitting, playing with them, attending birthday parties, and otherwise involved in their activities whenever possible, both at their homes and at her lake home in Boulder Junction. For many years a special activity was camping with other family moms and their children at a campground in northern Wisconsin. Pat took great satisfaction in being called "silly grandma". She was happiest when she was laughing or playing with her grandchildren. She felt particularly blessed having two “families” of grandchildren, separated by nearly 15 years.
Pat felt she had the perfect outside-the-home career. She worked as a cosmetologist for about 40 years. Nineteen of those years were spent running a beauty shop in a nursing home. She scheduled her work so she could be home when her children were home and she was always able to attend their many events and activities.
She was very active in sports for many years. Even as a young girl she enjoyed fishing. Later she took up archery and hunting. She played tennis, racquetball, golf, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and dancing. She loved bridge and other card games. She also loved attending UW Badger basketball, hockey, football games, Packer football games, and numerous concerts. She also loved gardening and scrapbooking. She was a serious walker for most of her adult life and used those walks to spend countless hours in prayer. She particularly loved the northwoods lakes and wildlife and the gulf waters in Florida.
Pat was an involved and committed Christ follower. She thanked God for loving her so much and she felt blessed by the plan that He had for her and for the many people He placed in her life. She attended many Bible studies. She acted on her faith by helping people. She volunteered as a Sunday School teacher, a Big Sister, a volunteer at three hospitals, in nursing homes, girl and boy scouts, a prison ministry, a homeless shelter, food pantrys, and the humane society. She served on various boards including Big Sisters, a pregnancy information center, churches she attended, Habitat for Humanity, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She and her children took puppies to a local nursing home to visit the residents. She accepted an appointment to serve as an unpaid guardian for an adult man with disabilities and served in that capacity for 20 years.
Pat and her husband retired to their lake in Boulder Junction in 2001. They also had a manufactured home in New London, Wisconsin, near their daughter and her family, and later they spent winters at an apartment in Neenah. They were very active in their churches throughout her life and spent winters at Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and were blessed to have both of her children and their families visit them there. They lived together in Menasha, WI; Pardeville, WI; Urbana, IL; Lake Geneva, WI; Niagara, WI; Madison, WI; Neenah, WI, and Boulder Junction, WI.
Private family services will be held.
Contributions can be made to Calvary Bible Church, and St. Jude's Children's Hospital.