Elvina Halstengard

Elvina Halstengard, 98, Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Velva and Minot, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in the Mesa Hospice Home.

Elvina, daughter of Christ and Dorothy (Weber) Morlang, was born April 30, 1915, on a farm near Max, the youngest of five children. She was raised by John and Kathryn Morlang and attended grade school near Max.

She moved with her step-parents to a farm northeast of Voltaire, where she met Oscar Halstengard. They were united in marriage on Sept. 22, 1934, at the Velva Lutheran Church. They lived with his parents, until they purchased a farm in Lebanon Township of McHenry County and began their farming career together.

In 1949, they moved to Velva and in 1959, returned to the farm four miles east of Velva. In 1974, they retired and moved to Minot for the summer season and then spent many winter months in Arizona. While living in Velva, Elvina worked as a clerk at the Ace Hardware Store for 15 years. Along with raising her children, she was active with the church ladies aid and tending to her garden.

In 2004, Elvina sold her cabin at Strawberry Lake and became a resident of Mesa. She spent the past three years in an assisted living facility and group home in Mesa. Oscar died Dec. 24, 1989.

Elvina was a former member of Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva, and currently a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Minot. She enjoyed playing bridge, swimming, cooking, and watching her flowers grow. She loved her family dearly.

Her loving family includes: daughters, Deloris (Gerald) Marlin, of Gilbert, Ariz., Audrey Colvin Mills, Boise, Idaho, Zona (Robert) Holte, Minot; son, Theodore “Ted” (Peggy) Halstengard, Queen Creek, Ariz.; daughter-in-law, Terry Halstengard, Spokane, Wash.; sister-in-law, Theodora (Tom) Halstengard, Mesa; half sister, Elsie, New York; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Elvina was preceded in death by her parents; stepparents; husband; sons, Donald, Norbert and Alvin; grandsons, Matt Halstengard and Scott Holte; brothers, Henry, John and Christ; and sister, Marie Dockter.

Funeral service: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at 1 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Interment: Velva Community Cemetery, Velva.

Visitation: Sunday, Oct. 13, from noon to 5 p.m., in the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).