Jean
Jean L. Halvorsen Jean L. Halvorsen of Palos Verdes Peninsula, born March 20, 1918, in Owatonna, Minnesota passed away December 31, 2004 peacefully at her home. She is survived by two daughters, Joy Halvorsen Richardson of San Luis Obispo, CA and Gay Halvorsen Swanson of Palos Verdes Estates, CA; one son Greg (Laurie) Halvorsen of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; and four grandchildren, Andrew, Ashley Jean, Brandon and Ryan. Jean came to Southern California in 1940 as a bride and lived in the Beach Cities until 1945 at which time she and her husband, Gordon, were transferred to the Cleveland area with the Dicalite Company. In October of 1961 the family was sent back to Southern California and they settled on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. In 1970 Jean went to work as a hostess with Welcome Wagon International meeting and greeting new comers to the Peninsula. She loved sharing her knowledge of the businesses and organizations on the Hill. She had a short career as a telemarketer with Farmer Bros. Coffee before deciding she would stay home to enjoy her family, garden, chickens, and friends. While living in Cleveland, Jean was a member of Eastern Star; in California Jean was an active member of the Neighborhood Church, the Palos Verdes Woman's Club, Weavers/San Pedro Assistance League, Las Amigas de Las Lomas auxiliary of Orthopaedic Hospital. She was an avid bridge player playing with three groups each month. A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm Thursday, January 13 at the Neighborhood Church, 415 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, followed by reception. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to the Jean Halvorsen Memorial Fund at the Neighborhood Church and/or the Crippled Children's Guild of Orthopaedic Hospital, 2400 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

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  1. Dear Halvorsen Family, I have fond memories of the get-togethers at Jean\’s house, perhaps to enjoy the salmon that Greg caught in Alaska or a nice quiet dinner that she might have cooked herself and served at her dining room table. It was remarkable and comforting to know how she passed away. She was a gracious and warm lady whom we shall all miss!

  2. Very kind & considerate while my dad, step-mom and brother convivial just a couple of blocks away on Winston near she and her family by Bradley Rd. in Bay Village, OH. E. Star has God\’s grace.

  3. Very kind & considerate while my dad, step-mom and brother convivial just a couple of blocks away on Winston near she and her family by Bradley Rd. in Bay Village, OH, over 50 years ago. E. Star has God\’s grace.

  4. Very kind & considerate while my dad, step-mom and brother convivial just a couple of blocks away on Winston near she and her family by Bradley Rd. in Bay Village, OH, over 50 years ago. E. Star has God\’s grace.

  5. To Gay, Joy, and Greg: We will all miss your mother. Jean was a remarkable woman. The way she led her life, especially the last few years given her medical difficulties, is a story of courage and inspiration. None of us will ever forget Jean\’s warm smile, her gracious hospitality, and her love of all people regardless of race, color, or creed. Yes, she will be deeply missed but thankfully her enduring spirit will live on with each of you as well as through Andrew, Ashley, Ryan, and Brandon. May her soul rest in everlasting peace.

  6. What a great memory I have of sitting next to Jean on Christmas Eve 2004. She looked beautiful and was happy to be surrounded by family, knowing two of her grandsons were among the main attractions at the wonderful Neighborhood Church Service. Although we only saw Jean on our annual family visits to California during the holidays, we appreciated her her great spirit and we will miss her.

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