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Ruth E. Dahlin, 97

Ruth Emelia Dahlin, 97, of Cokato, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at Cokato Manor.

Ruth’s life was an embodiment of love – love of family, friends, and food. Her warm, positive personality blessed all who were lucky to meet her.

Robert Frost said he could sum up everything he knew about life in three words, “It goes on.” Ruth had her own version of this wisdom, “That’s the way it goes.” This perspective exemplified how she gracefully took life – as it came.

She was born on a farm in Kingston Township to Oscar and Otilia Anderson, the fourth of five children.

The Andersons attended French Lake Evangelical (Grace) Lutheran Church, where Ruth was confirmed in 1927. After graduating from Dassel High School in 1931, she went on to own and operate The Pantry Café, along with her twin sister, Esther.

Several years later, she met and married Ky (Clarence) Dahlin Sept. 23, 1939 and relocated to Cokato Township. Following her upbringing, Ruth and Ky purchased Sunny Side Farm from Ky’s father, Alfred, where they raised the land and their three children, Elroy, James, and Mary.

A few years after Mary was born, Ruth took a break from farm life and worked at Richwell Furniture, assembling and upholstering furniture, and eventually worked her way up to foreman.

Though she had a factory job, her love of the farm and unyielding work ethic couldn’t keep her from putting in hours of work, helping to bale hay, milk the cows, or complete any one of the endless tasks that seemed to be a part of farm life; as well as always having a delicious dinner prepared for her family.

When Ky died in 1977, she continued to live on the land they bought and loved together. In her later years, she worked in the kitchen at the Dassel-Cokato School, and volunteered at the Cokato Manor and in the office at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she was a member for many years.

She is survived by her three children, sons Elroy (and the late Betty) Dahlin of Cokato, and James (Linda) Dahlin of Plymouth; and daughter Mary (Gary) Redmann of Blair, NE; along with eight grandchildren, Kurt, Jill, Nikki, Betsy, Nathan, Brandon, Lindsey, and Erin; nine great-grandchildren, Lexis, Mikaela, Sadie, Olivia, Austin, Natalie, Kyle, Eloise, and Nolan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service took place Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato. Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, and one hour prior to the funeral service at church on Wednesday. Interment was at Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Cokato.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato