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Violet Mae Dahlman

Violet Mae Dahlman, age 82, of Dassel, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008, at the Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield, where she had been a patient for one week.

She was born March 11, 1926, in Hardin, Mont. At the age of 3, she moved to Buffalo, and was adopted by her paternal uncle and aunt, Hans and Alma Olson.

She grew up on a farm east of Buffalo, attended District 118 country school, and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1943.

Violet married Lawrence Dahlman June 30, 1945. They made their home south of Dassel, along with their four children.

Lawrence died Nov. 12, 1991, and Violet remained on the farm for another 10 years. In 2001, she moved to Rochester, and lived at Fontaine Towers for five years. Violet returned to Meeker County in 2006, and resided at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Litchfield until the time of her death.

Violet worked at various businesses in the Dassel and Cokato areas, including Fabri-Tek and Busse’s Garden Center. Working with flowers and plants was one of her greatest pleasures. She was very knowledgeable in this area and always had some of the showiest flower beds and abundant gardens.

Violet was very talented in crafts of all types. She was always learning new things and sharing her talents with others, and as her eyesight failed her, she continued to modify her activities in order to keep busy. She donated many of her handcrafted items to the Little Red Stocking organization to be used for holiday gift giving.

Violet is survived by her four children, Jeanette Dylla of Litchfield, Richard Dahlman of Hutchinson, Laurie Meade (Keith), and Randy Dahlman (Kay), all of Rochester; eight grandchildren, Carolyn, David, Julie, Chris, Jeff, Amber, Natalie, and Allison; three great-grandchildren, Jessica, Alexander, and Jacob; sister-in-law Lucile Dahlman of Port Angeles, Wash.; brother-in-law James Dahlman of Gulf Shores, Ala.; nieces; nephews; and many friends.

In addition to her husband, Violet was preceded in death by her parents; daughter-in-law Barbara; and an infant daughter.

A memorial service took place Friday, Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, with private interment of her ashes at the Stockholm Lutheran Church cemetery in Cokato.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.