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Joan Halverson

January 19, 1940 — July 16, 2022


Joan R. (Borgwardt) Halverson of Madison, passed away on Saturday, July 16th, 2022, at UW Hospital.

She was born on January 19th, 1940, in Yankton, South Dakota, daughter of Leonard and Anne Kristine Gullickson.  Joan married Robert Borgwardt on September 25th, 1964, in Madison.  After Pastor Bob passed away in 2003, Joan married Ron Halverson on September 15th, 2007.

Joan began her education in a one room schoolhouse in Freeman SD, then attended Augustana Academy in Canton, SD where she graduated from high school. She went on to Augustana College in Sioux Falls graduating with a degree in education in 1962.  After seeing Madison featured in Life Magazine, Joan thought it was such a beautiful city that she took a position teaching 2nd grade at Marquette Elementary.

In 1964 at the age of 24 she married Robert and took on the role of a Pastor’s Wife, at that time a full-time job.  She also became an instant Mom to Bob’s three children, Kathy, John and Stephen.  The Borgwardt family then grew again, with the addition in ‘65 & ‘67 of Annie & Eric.

As a pastor’s wife she served in many roles which she was passionate about, including Bethel Horizons and the Bike-A-Thon, the Bethel Art Committee, as well as being a part of creating beautiful needlepoint kneelers depicting symbols from Bethel’s stained-glass windows.

Joan was known for hosting friends and Bethel staff for social gatherings.  She created a warm environment for people to share in each other's lives, serving creative & delicious foods.  Holiday meals often included guests who did not have plans, welcoming them to join her family.

She found joy in flowers and gardening, piano, and music, knitting and art, and immersed herself in learning and growing in these passions.  Joan also was known for her beautiful, unique style, created from visiting resales & thrift shops with the girls.

Joan leaves a legacy of dignity & respect in the way she treated everyone.  She treasured her many friends over the years.  They were created through tennis, golf, yoga, her Bethel Circle & PEO Chapter, & in just living.  Many of Joan’s friendships were cherished lifelong relationships.

Joan’s greatest joy was her family.  She leaves with us with a legacy of love, and beautiful memories.

She is survived by her husband and admirer of 15 years Ron Halverson.  Her children, John (Judy) Borgwardt, Stephen (Joanne) Borgwardt, Kathryn Borgwardt, Anne (Dave) Conlin, and Eric Borgwardt. Her grandchildren, Emma (Nick) Mattioli, Elizabeth, Alice, Jennifer (Ben), Laura, Joey (Martha), Zach & Alexandria Conlin, & great-grandson Andrew John Mattioli.  Ron’s children Eric (Aimee) Halverson, Anne Marie (Todd) Christian, and grandchildren Austin & Dillon Christian, & Hannah and Delaney Halverson.  Her brothers Mark & Jim, and beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Janice, her nephew David and niece Krista, and her husband Robert.

A funeral service will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Avenue, on Friday, July 22nd, with a visitation from 9:30 am until the time of the service at 11:00 am.  There will be a private burial for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Bethel Horizons, and the Bethel Foundation, both at 312 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, WI 53703.  We also welcome you to honor Joan by giving to the charity of your choice.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service

3610 Speedway Road  Madison

(608) 238-3434

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Joan Halverson, please visit our flower store.

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