Lucile Esther Dahlman, age 79, of Port Angeles, WA, was embraced into the loving arms of Jesus Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Dementia, and a recent hip fracture.
She was born Jan. 7, 1932, at home in rural Cokato, to George and Victoria Fredricks; and embraced by older siblings Effie and Bob.
Lucile attended Glascoe Country School until the eighth grade, and then went on to graduate from Cokato High School in 1949.
She worked as a bookkeeper at the Stockholm Creamery in rural Cokato after high school, and during the first few years of her marriage.
Lucile was as an active member of Stockholm Lutheran Church in rural Cokato. While singing in the church choir, she met her future husband, Norman. Lucile and Norman were married Aug. 27, 1955, at the Little Brown Church in Iowa.
The couple farmed in rural Dassel for the first few years of their marriage. The couple’s union created daughter Cynthia and her stillborn twin sister, and son Bruce.
As her children were growing up, Lucile was happily involved in all of their activities, and always had warm home-baked goodies to greet them after school.
Norman and Lucile moved to Paynesville in 1961. Their home was his work office as a conservation officer for the state of Minnesota. During Norman’s career, Lucile answered countless phone calls, and helped clean thousands of confiscated fish and ducks taken from poachers, which were then donated to the veteran’s home. They also housed and helped care for numerous orphaned or injured wild animals in their home, often for months at a time, before they were ready for release back to the wilds.
A gracious hostess, Lucile’s home and kitchen table frequently served as a gathering place for family, friends, and Norman’s coworkers. They were always treated to coffee and a vast assortment of homemade cakes, pies, and cookies.
Lucile was very active in Paynesville Lutheran Church over her many years there. She was also involved in the Paynesville Lioness Club.
She devoted herself to being a wonderful wife and loving mother, and in later years, an awesome grandma and great-grandma. She will be sadly missed by all of her family and friends.
Lucile is survived by her family: children Cynthia and Jon Beltrami of Port Angeles, WA, and Bruce Dahlman and Lori Anthonsen of Olympia, WA; granddaughters Lindsey Raymond and Erin Raymond; great-grandsons Ansel and Nolan Clem; a brother Paul and sister-in-law Sharon Fredricks, sister Ruth and brother-in-law Garland Buttenhoff, sister Beverly and brother-in-law Harvey Burau; brother-in-law James Dahlman; and numerous godchildren, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Victoria Fredricks; husband Norman; an infant daughter; sister Effie Terning; brother Robert Fredricks; and several beloved nieces and nephews.
A memorial service took place Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m., with graveside interment following, at Stockholm Lutheran Church in rural Cokato.
Local arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.