In Memory

N. Jean Newell (Hallman)

MASON CITY | Jean Hallman, 73, of Mason City died Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, following a short illness.

Visitation will be from 4-6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015, at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Praise Community Church, 11 Second St. N.W., with Pastor Jeff Dahlin officiating.

Memorials may be directed to the Jean Hallman memorial fund in care of the family or Praise Community Church. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Norma Jean Newell was born March 13, 1942, in Mason City, the daughter of Charles W. and Buena G. (Bogardus) Newell. She graduated from Mason City High School in 1960, and Hamilton Business College in 1985.

On Dec. 16, 1961, Jean married James R. Hallman during a snow storm in Mason City. Over the years she worked as a seamstress for Risto (9 years), as an office manager at Lane Brothers (9 years), and as an administrative assistant at Francis Lauer Youth Services (9 years), until her retirement in 2004.

Jean very much enjoyed traveling to see family and friends. She enjoyed playing the organ, collecting Beanie Babies, sewing, quilting, traveling, camping, music and growing with new technology (always having the newest gadget to figure out!). Jean was a member of Praise Community Church, Mended Hearts Chapter No. 222, and was a Preceptor for Alpha Omega Chapter Beta Sigma Phi. She very much enjoyed living at The Manor and the many friendships, especially the Birthday Bunch. Anyone who knew her, knew she loved everything purple!!

Jean is survived by her husband of 53 years: James R. Hallman of Mason City; three children: Steven Hallman of Atlantic, Dawn Warnhoff and husband Phil of Marshalltown, and Michelle Brown and husband Mike of Henderson, Tennessee; eight grandchildren: Cassandra Hallman, Rebekah Hallman, Jessica Jo Hargrave and husband Caleb, Tony Willsher and wife Christina, Caleb Willsher, Lillie Derryberry and Daniel Derryberry; and Christopher Brown; two honorary grandchildren: Jenna Hamann and Jordan Hamann; four great-grandchildren: Mya Dawn, Lily Ann, Zackary and Aria Mae; a brother: Raymond Newell and wife Joan of Columbia, Tennessee; and two nephews: Josh Newell and wife Kelly and Nathan Newell; and many cousins, extended family and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, father-in-law, grandparents, and several aunts.

Arrangements: Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, IA 50401, 641-423-0924,

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04/10/15 07:39 PM #1    

Robert, W Johnson

Dear Jim and Family,

I am saddened by the passing of my friend and classmate.

Seems like Norma Jean has been in my life forever.


Bob Johnson

04/12/15 05:23 AM #2    

Monte Smith

So sorry to hear of the loss of Norma Jean she always had a smile for whoever she would meet and kind words to make you feel good.

04/12/15 02:54 PM #3    

Roselyn Rasmussen (Pettey)

Sorry to hear about Norma Jean.  She was always friendly and had a smile for everyone.  Condolences to her family and friends.

Sincerely, Roselyn Pettey


04/13/15 11:17 AM #4    

Harold Kuppinger

I am sorrry to hear of the passing of Norma Jean.  My condolences to her family.

Harold Kuppinger


04/20/15 10:36 AM #5    

Jacqueline Laskewick (Carbone)

I was also saddened by the passing of Norma Jean.  She and I were most interactive in grade school at McKinley; I even have a birthday party picture of Norma Jean at one of my parties - I guess we must have been about 8 or 9.  It's sad because we are just entering the beauty of springtime.

Condolences to her lovely family.  Sincerely, Jackie Laskewick Carbone

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