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Betty L. Dahlin, 73

Betty L. Dahlin, age 73, of Cokato, died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at her home in Cokato Township with her family by her side. After a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer, Betty, the wife of Elroy Dahlin of Cokato, was taken home by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

She was born Nov. 22, 1935, to Clarence and Margaret (Farrell) Lundeen on the family farm north of Howard Lake. Betty was confirmed at Albion Free Church June 4, 1950.

Betty received her education at Howard Lake Elementary School, Vanurden Country School, and Cokato High School, graduating in 1953. Following high school, she attended Northwestern Bible College.

After living and working in Minneapolis for a few years, Betty moved back to Cokato. She was employed at the State Bank of Cokato, where she met a customer more special than most, Elroy Dahlin. This led to frequent stops at Don’s City Service (current site of the Cokato Area Food Shelf), where Elroy just happened to work.

They were engaged July 2, 1965; and married at the Elim Mission Church in Cokato Sept. 25, 1965.

Betty left her job at the State Bank of Cokato to start a family. She and Elroy raised two children, Kurt and Jill.

Elroy and Betty co-founded and operated Cokato Tractor Salvage in 1974, along with Dennis Lundeen, where Betty did the bookkeeping.

In 2002, they bought the local hardware store with their son, Kurt and his wife, Stephanie, where Betty also did the record keeping.

Betty spent many hours selling tractor books and manuals on Ebay. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Her favorite music was gospel, contemporary Christian, and of course, many of the great old hymns she grew up with.

Betty is survived by her husband of 44 years, Elroy; children Kurt (Stephanie) Dahlin of Cokato, and Jill (Chad) Pingel of Maple Lake; grandchildren Mikaela, Olivia, Natalie, and Kyle Dahlin; and Lexis, Sadie, and Austin Pingel; siblings Ralph (Margaret) Lundeen of Cokato, and Kay (Syd) Stenberg of Howard Lake; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Lundeen; father, Clarence Lundeen; and younger brother, Kenneth Lundeen.

The funeral service took place Friday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. at Elim Mission Church of Cokato. Interment was at Birch Lake Cemetery, north of Cokato.

Visitation was Thursday, Oct. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m at Elim Mission Church, and continued Friday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were handled by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.