Carol Halversen, 83, of Clearbrook, Minn., passed away on June 7, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Center, Clearbrook, Minn. Carol was born at home on Christmas Eve of 1930 in Marinette, Wis. to Carl Axel and Helen Irene (Lahna) Johnson. Family lore describes the blessed event as happening in a blizzard so fierce that a snowplow cleared a path to the house with the doctor following close behind.
 Growing up in the small town of Marinette, Wis. during the lingering years of the great Depression and the rationing of World War II, Carol learned the importance of making do with what one had and self-reliance. These skills served her well for the rest of her life, especially while raising seven children single-handedly. Carol loved gardening, both flowers and vegetables, and enjoyed walking through botanical gardens looking for new ideas and plants to try at home. One of her great delights was walking through her garden eating ripened vegetables fresh from the vine. With self-taught skill she had the ability to grow about any type of plant or flower; indeed, she had the proverbial green thumb. She strove to set an example of kindness and caring for her children. At Carol’s house there was always enough room at the dinner table for “just one more friend”, a place to sleep for those who needed it, or a bowl of food for the neighborhood stray.
 Carol is survived by three sons: Joel (Dawn) Halversen of Winterhaven, Fla., Clay Halversen of Bradford, Maine and Shawn (Susan) of Tucson, Ariz.; one daughter, Sandra Halversen (Ronald) Butler of Amity, Maine; brother-in-law, Glen Bindrich of Fifty Six, Ark.; numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Carol was preceded in death by her parents; son, Keith Halversen; daughters: Debra Halversen and Diane Halversen and sisters: Ruth Johnson and Helen Bindrich.
 Graveside services will be at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Marinette, Wis. Online guestbook at www.olsonschwartzfuneralhome.com.