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Bertha R. Halverson, 65, of Wyocena/Rio, formerly of California, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 7, 2019, after a long battle with lung cancer.

She was born Aug. 15, 1953, to Bert and Grace Halverson. Bertha spent 25 years in California working as a nanny. She loved taking care of little children; before she moved to California she was a nanny in Connecticut for seven years. Bertha’s other passion was traveling. She traveled to many countries. She enjoyed coming back to Wisconsin to visit her family.

Bertha is survived by her four sisters, Margery (LeRoy) Zimmerman of Briggsville, Helen (Bob) Risgaard of Rio, Connie (Wayne) Staveness of Rio, Avis (Terry) Mueller of Cambridge; one brother, Owen; one brother-in-law, Gary (Joy) Schrab; and many nieces and nephews; and many special friends.

Bertha was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Clayton and Raymond; and sister, Linda Schrab.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Grasse Funeral Home, 401 Angel Way, Rio, with the Rev. Ann Walsvik officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Columbia Health Care Center, Wyocena.

A special thank you to all the staff at Columbia Health Care Center for their loving and compassionate care. Online condolences may be made at grassefs.com. Grasse Funeral Service in Rio is serving the family.

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