Elaine Murtiz Halverson Lewis, age 95, of Algonquin, passed away in her sleep at home on Saturday, March 6, 2021. Elaine, the youngest of nine children, was born August 5, 1925 to Annie and Albert Halverson in Milan, Minnesota. She was baptized on January 17, 1926 at Kviteseid Lutheran Church with her brother Dallas and confirmed on May 28, 1939 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Odessa, Minnesota.
Throughout her childhood, Elaine’s family managed large farms, living off the land and animals in several towns west of Minneapolis. During her high school years, Elaine won awards in vocal and literary competitions and placed first in each competition. She spent the last two years of high school caring for her mother in the hospital because of the shortage of nurses during World War II. After graduating high school with high honors, Elaine worked for the telephone company as a secretary.
Elaine met the love of her life, her husband of 72 1/2 years, W. Sheldon Lewis Jr., on a double date at the Marigold Ballroom. The two were married August 30, 1947 at Como Park Lutheran Church in St. Paul. In January, 1949, Sheldon and Elaine began their family which eventually grew to six children.
While Sheldon led troops during the Korean War between October, 1950 and July, 1952, Elaine volunteered with their church’s women’s circles and the American Legion, along with caring for two toddlers in Robbinsdale.
After Sheldon’s return from the war, his position as systems analyst led to their move to Stamford, Connecticut in 1959. By that time, their family had grown to number six.
While living in Stamford, Elaine’s family grew to number eight. During the family’s thirteen years on the east coast, she volunteered in women’s circles and the choir at St. John’s Lutheran Church. She also served as a Girl Scout Leader for her two daughters’ troops.
In 1972, Elaine’s family settled in Arlington Heights, Illinois where she continued her singing in the choir and volunteering at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. She also served as parade marshall several years for Frontier Days Festival during the July 4th holiday. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Elaine earned her license as a real estate agent and won accolades for her selfless efforts in assisting people purchase and sell homes.
Throughout her high school years and adult life, Elaine loved cooking and baking for family and friends, singing, dancing, acting, and playing games. She enjoyed cross-country skiing, hiking, and teaching her children to harmonize, garden, dance, recite poetry, and to play piano and bridge.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; eight siblings; husband, Sheldon; and daughter, Anne Martin. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Jim) McClean; sons, John (Kathy) Lewis, Jim Lewis, Paul (Tori) Lewis, and Mark (Karin) Lewis; son-in-law, Jim Martin; 23 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 1 great, great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 4:00pm to 8:00pm, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, with funeral service at 6:00pm, at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Pr. Mark Boster will be officiating.
Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time. Face masks are required to enter the facility.
To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via Zoom.us (Meeting ID: 972 4344 4824, Password: 224066).
Interment will be 12:30pm, Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55450.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Elaine’s name to Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church, Huntley, IL.
Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadison.com.