Ella May (Hodnett) Dahlberg, age 88, of Cokato, formerly of Howard Lake, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.
The sixth child born to Royal W. and Mary (Johnson) Hodnett, Ella was born May 21, 1924, in Stillwater. She lived on a 160-acre farm in May Township, Washington County until 1941.
Ella attended one-room School District 5, then Stillwater High School, graduating in 1941 as a member of the National Honor Society, Science Academy, and a thespian.
Ella’s secretary-bookkeeper career began at State Epileptic Hospital in Cambridge in 1942. She was then employed at Murphy’s Freight Lines March 20, 1944, with her “rate of pay” at that time at 68 cents an hour. Other jobs Ella held in the Twin Cities included Twin City Fruit, 12 years at Farmers Union Central Exchange, and six years at Ducks Unlimited.
She also served four years as president of the St. Paul Audubon Society, and sang with the Civic Opera and Metzger Opera Workshop.
In 1966, Ella Married Clinton Timber Dahlberg, veteran of Guadalcanal WWII, and owner of Timber’s Resort in Howard Lake. Timber and Ella retired in 1978 to a 40-acre farm in Middleville Township to enjoy rural life, birds, animals, ponds, and conservation.
Ella served 12 years as the Middleville Township Clerk.
After Timber passed away in 1996, Ella moved to Howard Lake, always supporting the Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Ducks Unlimited, Legion Auxiliary, Disabled and Paralyzed Veterans, and St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Ella enjoyed two trips to Europe, in 1958 and 2000.
In addition to her husband, Timber, she was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Ira and John; sisters Mary and Jane; and a nephew, Richard.
Ella is survived by her sister-in-law, Violet, of Stillwater; nephews Dean (Theresa) of St. Paul; and Daniel (Sue) Caldwell of Idaho; a niece, Gale Hanson (Raymond) Houlton of Wisconsin; and grand- and great-grand-nieces and nephews.
A memorial service took place Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment of cremains was at Howard Lake Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District 2678 Scholarship Fund, or, in lieu of memorials, do something nice for a neighbor.
Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake; www.swansonpeterson.com.