Barbara Jean Dahlin of Howard Lake, passed away July 9, 2020, at Waconia Ridgeview Hospital. Barb’s life started in Minneapolis, MN, March 5, 1951. She attended and graduated from North High School, class of 1969. In 1967, she met her best friend and loving husband, Bruce, and they married Oct. 3, 1970.
In 1978, Barb and Bruce moved to Waverly, MN for a short while, welcoming their first child, Shannon Marie, and moving to Howard Lake shortly thereafter. In 1980, they welcomed their son, Bruce Scott.
Barb and Bruce, together, spent their days nourishing, loving, and instilling values in their home and children. Barb welcomed and thrived on long conversations over coffee with friends.
She never missed a sporting event, and was a true Laker fan. She spent countless hours reading and watching wrestling. She enjoyed the calmness and comforting sounds of watching the birds and squirrels (dang buggers) while tending to her flowers, the garden, the tomato plants, and the cherry tree.
Barb was blessed with one granddaughter, Kylie, and three grandsons, Jacob, Parker, and Braxton. She shared her love of reading with her grandchildren, and days of watching wrestling.
Barb loved people. Barb worked in the kitchen for Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District for over 20 years. Barb was known as “mom” by many. After retirement, Barb spent her time caring for her grandchildren, and eventually, Bruce joined her in retirement.
Barb never sat still throughout the years. She took many bus trips with friends, and never passed up the opportunity for an afternoon of bingo. Barb could be found each morning holding up the a.m. work rush at local gas stations for her scratch-offs; and what a lucky hand she had. she’d also grab a coffee, too.
Barb loved life, laughter, family, and friends. We will miss her tremendously and cherish the energy and memories we all have received as a gift from her.
Barb is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Bruce; daughter Shannon Johnson and son Bruce. Grandchildren, Jacob and Parker, Kylie, and Braxton. Her brother Larry (Diane) Merchant, brother-in-law Allen Jenner, and a host of nieces, nephews, and god-children.
A funeral service took place 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake with visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, and one hour prior to service at the church Wednesday. Interment at St. James Cemetery.