Cora Jean Halvorson

Cora Jean Halvorson, 85, of Missouri Valley, Iowa, passed away on January 8, 2024 at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Services will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Missouri Valley.

Cora was born on January 7, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois to Bob and Evelyn (Caselli) Akerman. At the age of 10, the family moved to Evansville, Indiana and eventually to Marengo, Iowa, where Cora graduated from Marengo High School.  She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree at Iowa State Teacher’s College and taught 2nd grade for 30 years within the Iowa public school system.

On August 12, 1961, Cora was united in marriage to Ron Halvorson at the Methodist Church in Marengo.  Although Cora and Ron had been high school classmates, they didn’t begin dating until college, when friends of theirs suggested that they would make a great match.  They were married for 62 years.

Cora and Ron were blessed with two children, Eric and Melinda.  The couple moved to Missouri Valley in 1970, where they made their home and raised their family.  Cora was a long-time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and sang in the church choir.  She enjoyed playing bridge with friends and was an active member of P.E.O. and the Lion’s Club.

Cora’s favorite activities included reading, traveling, going on cruises, and camping in their RV.  She especially cherished time spent with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald Halvorson of Missouri Valley; son Eric and his wife, Angela Laurio of Danbury, Connecticut; daughter Melinda and her husband Matt Stoner of Blair, Nebraska; grandchildren Colton Stoner of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Dalton Stoner of Blair, Nebraska; sister, Donna Akerman of Omaha, Nebraska; dear friend, Chris Summers of Omaha, Nebraska; and many other relatives and friends.

Cora was preceded in death by her parents.



  • Ann Smith Forde Posted January 11, 2024 9:50 am

    Ron and Family. I am so sorry for the passing of dear Cora. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time. She touched the lives of so many children and all of us who knew her. We will cherish the memories of her.

  • Kay Hinkel Posted January 11, 2024 11:04 am

    Sending heartfelt sympathies to the family. May God wrap them in his arms and give comfort.

  • Sharon Moorman Posted January 11, 2024 3:53 pm

    I will treasure so many memories. One especially…for many years Cora told me how she just couldn’t imagine camping, even though I tried to convince her how much fun it was. My favorite picture was when Cora came out of a shower house, hair wrapped in a towel, going to their newly purchased RV!😍 So many smiles….

  • Carolyn Roberts Posted January 12, 2024 8:28 am

    Dear Dear Min, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. You will cherish memories of her the rest of your life.
    Love to you and your family.
    Take care,
    Aunt Carolyn

  • Lori Spears Posted January 12, 2024 10:10 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss. She was such a kind soul. She had a great warm smile. Sending you hugs and prayers.

  • Carolyn Miller Posted January 12, 2024 12:18 pm

    Cora was such a delight on our travels. A bright light has been diminished. But now shines brightly heaven.

  • Martha Winther Posted January 14, 2024 12:29 pm

    Sending my thoughts and prayers to all of Cora’s family and friends.

  • Diane Scott Vorhies Posted January 19, 2024 8:26 am

    My deepest sympathy to Ron and family.

  • ken adams Posted January 19, 2024 1:34 pm

    Ronnie was my best friend since 3rd grade and Cora came along in 6th grade. She was always in the midst of all our school and social activities and a standout student as well. My dad rented space behind her dad’s welding shop for pipe storage. My wife Viola and I visited them several times in Missouri Valley and always stayed in contact. She was a very special lady and will be sorely missed !!!

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