Alice Elvera Dahlman, age 95, of Dassel, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at Heritage Place in Cokato.
She was born May 2, 1917, in Cedar Mills Township, Meeker County, the daughter of Andrew C. and Dinah E.V. (Nelson) Beckstrand. Alice grew up on the family farm and attended District 56 country school for her education. Later, she attained her GED from the Dassel-Cokato High School when she was 60 years of age.
Alice was baptized and confirmed at Beckville Lutheran Church, and was presently a member of Stockholm Lutheran Church, rural Cokato. She was an active member of her church, and served however she could.
Alice worked for many years at Fabri-Tek Manufacturing and Northland Canning Company in Cokato. She was a hard-working woman who always had time for others. As a teenager, she worked outside of her home doing housework, and later moved to St. Paul, where she was employed as a housekeeper for a minister’s family.
Alice was united in marriage to Clifford Levine Dahlman June 3, 1944, at Beckville Lutheran Church, in rural Litchfield. The couple made their home south of Dassel, where they farmed until 1976. In the fall of 1976, they moved to the village of Dassel.
Alice was a member of the Happy Hour and Homemakers Birthday clubs, and a board member of Emmaus Home in Litchfield. Along with Clifford, she was a Meeker County Dairy Princess escort.
She loved bird watching, ceramics, gardening, crocheting, knitting, sewing, and made many quilts for her children and grandchildren. She had entered handmade items in the local county fairs and the Minnesota State Fair, taking home numerous ribbons and awards.
Alice loved her family dearly and always had time to take care of and serve others.
She is survived by her children, Yvonne (Sherman) Danielson of Stillwater, Marie (Dennis) Persinger of Kenosha, WI, and Dwight (Jane) Dahlman of Dassel; seven grandchildren, Daren (Amie), Chelon, Nathan (Michele), and Aaron (Karol) Danielson, Melissa Dahlman (Paul) Babers, Alan (Jaclyn) Persinger, and Daniel Persinger; nine great-grandchildren Isaiah, Aaliyah, Evan, Caiden, Scarlett, and Holden Danielson, Svea and Maelyn Persinger, and Alec Gilbertson; one brother, Gordon (Jan) Beckstrand of Montrose; and numerous other relatives.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford; her parents, Andrew C. and Dinah (Nelson) Beckstrand; brothers Wendell, Melvin, and Ben Beckstrand; sisters Betty (Beckstrand) Mattson, Anna (Beckstrand) Marquardt, and Myrtle (Beckstrand) Zeppelin; and two infant siblings.
The funeral service took place Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. at Stockholm Lutheran Church in rural Cokato, with the Rev. Mark Little officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Visitation was Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials are preferred to Stockholm Lutheran Church, Cokato, or Beckville Lutheran Church, Litchfield.