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Dolores Sophia Dahl

Dolores Sophia Dahl, age 93, died on Feb. 12, 2011 at the West Wind Village in Morris.  For many years she had looked forward to meeting her Lord face-to-face.

Dolores Sophia Schmit Dahl was born Feb. 7, 1918 on a farm near Fairmount, N.D. to Hazel Buscher Schmit and Nicholas Schmit.  She was baptized Feb. 10 at St. Anthony's Church in Fairmount.  She confirmed her faith in Jesus at St. Gall's Catholic Church in Tintah.  Dolores, the oldest of 11 children, spent her early childhood on the family farm near Tintah.  She graduated from Tintah High School as Class Valedictorian in 1936. 

On Dec. 30, 1940 Dolores married Kenneth Dahl at St. Gall's Church in Tintah.  Dolores and Ken were blessed with four children, Dennis, Marilyn, Thomas and Susan.  They lived in Morris, Hoffman and Kerkhoven, prior to settling in Morris in the mid 1950's.  Dolores worked for many years at JC Penney's in Morris, and also was a waitress at the Pomme de Terre Supper Club.  

Dolores and Ken loved traveling and dancing, enjoying 53 years of marriage. Dolores was an active member of Assumption Catholic Church, participating in "Daughters of Isabella" and later in the "Persons Living Alone" group.  She was a long-time member of Literary Club and of the Hospital Auxiliary. Her favorite pastime was crocheting, completing many tablecloths and hundreds of doilies for family and friends.  She enjoyed driving her car, reading, exploring garage sales, and spending time with family.  Following Ken's death in 1994, she resided in their home for nine years, at Grandview Apartments for five years, and at West Wind Village for the last 2 1/2 years.

Dolores is survived by her children Dennis (Linda) Dahl, Tom (Sheryle) Dahl, Susan (Jim) Mohr, all of Morris, and Marilyn (Frank) Nelson of Mound; grandchildren Beth (Mike) Vaske and Mike (Kristi) Nelson of St. Bonifacius, Jon (Stacie) Dahl of Greenfield, Mark Dahl of Plymouth, Ann (Steve) Henschell of Albertville, Melissa (Jared) Christie of Minneapolis, Corri (Chris) Gross of Foley, Jesse (Jeanne) Mohr of St. Cloud and Jeremy Mohr of Georgia.  She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren, brother Irvin (Ruth) Schmit of Wash., brothers-in-law Wes McCoy of Richfield, Maurice Eder of Detroit Lakes, and Gary DeFrance of Maple Grove, sisters-in-law Colleen Schmit of California, and Veronia Schmit of Sartell, as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter-in-law Sharon Hesse Dahl, sisters Georgine Kapitan, Irene Weling, Mary McCoy, Catherine Eder, Geraldine DeFrance and brothers Charles, Edward, Jerome and Lawrence Schmit. 

Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the Assumption Church in Morris.  Pallbearers were her grandchildren.  Father Tim Baltes officiated. Music was provided by Ken and Linda Hodgson and Sheryle Dahl. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Assumption Church, Lakeland Hospice, or the West Wind Village.  In lieu of individual thank-yous, an additional donation will be given. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris was in charge of the arrangements.  To send condolences please visit the website at