Hazel Dahlman, 94

Hazel Eleanor Holm Dahlman spent her last few years at Cokato Manor, and was taken home to heaven Nov. 18, 2021.

Hazel Eleanor Holm Dahlman was born Aug. 2, 1927, at her home in Steelsville Township, rural Dassel, to Anton and Alice (Skarin) Holm.

She was also baptized at home by the Rev. Swan Johnson, with her uncle and aunt, Emil and Ida Larson, as godparents. She was confirmed at Stockholm Lutheran Church in June 1941, by Rev. Gotfrid Carlson.

Hazel attended Steelsville Country School until graduating from eighth grade. She did very well in school, even skipping second grade and placing second in the county spelling bee two years in a row. She graduated from Dassel High School June 1, 1944.

After graduation, she moved to Minneapolis and worked at Sears for about four years, until she “started going steady with a certain Dassel farm boy,” Stanley Dahlman.

They dated for a year, and then were married Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1948, at Stockholm.

They began married life on a farm in Collinwood Township, but they decided to make a big move and bought a farm north of Cokato in 1951. This is where they continued to grow their family and seed business.

Even after the “big move,” Stanley and Hazel continued to attend Stockholm Lutheran Church and were active members for most of their lives. This church was central to her life. She participated in the church women’s groups and the Dorcas Bible Study unit.

She made sure her children were active participants as well, which made for many trips between Cokato and Stockholm townships.

Along with church activities, Hazel enjoyed flower gardening, sewing, baking, Birthday Club and Lunch Bunch outings, and drinking coffee with all who showed up to her house for coffee time. The favorite baked goods included caramel rolls, rice pudding, and chocolate chip cookies.

She was also interested in genealogy, and loved everything Swedish; decor, the language, hymns, and food. Yes, this includes lutefisk.

Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley; her parents; brothers, Francis, Lars, John; sisters, Doris Rathman, Esther Turnquist; brothers-in-law, Harvey Dahlman, Jack Rathman; and sister-in-law, Jean Holm.

She is survived by her nine children and their families: George (Janet), Steven (Helen), Susan (James) Vermilya, Karen (Jeff) Aslakson, Kevin (Nancy), Mark, Duane (Tammi), Craig (Lori), and Amy (Rick) Schultz; 18 grandchildren, and 27 great grandchildren.

Other family members include Dorathee Holm, Louise (Dan) Swenson, Ruthie Dahlman, Rod Turnquist, and several nieces and nephews.

Hazel loved the Lord and her family. Blessed be her memory.

A funeral service took place Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. at Stockholm Luhteran Church of Cokato.

Visitation took place Monday, Nov. 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church and one hour prior to service Tuesday.

Interment was at the church cemetery.

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