Emma Dahl obituary

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Friday, October 20, 1950
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Emma Amanda Dahl was born July 22 1875, the daughter of Gunder and Gunhild Volstad of Lyle. She attended St. Ansgar Academy, Pillsbury Academy of Owatonna, and Minneapolis School of Music. She was a life-long member of this community and was active as a music teacher, a member of the W C T U, and in church and Sunday School activities.

On October 12, 1898, she was united in marriage to Henry G Dahl. They celebrated their Golden Wedding two years ago. Seven children were born to this union.

Mrs Dahl is survived by her husband; a son, Lloyd of Lyle, and two daughters, Mrs F P Ross of Tracy, Minn., and Mrs Sterling Krause of Lyle. There is one sister, Mrs Marie Johnson of Minneapolis; and a brother, S. G. Volstad of Inadianapolis, Ind. She was preceded in death by four sons, James, an infant, Fred, Glenn and Paul, 8 grand children and 2 great grandchildren.

The grandchildren are: Mrs Ralph Williams, Mrs Leo Sandgren Jr., Roger Krause, Glenn Jerry, and Sharon Dahl, Gordon Ross.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 Sunday, Oct 15 at Our Saviors Lutheran church in Lyle, with Rev. Gjervik and Rev. Yeats officiating.

The funeral was largely attended, old friends and relatives too numerous to mention being present for the solemn occasion.

The altar was banked with flowers, and the memorial gifts were numerous.

The bearers were Herbert Lightly, Emil Reed, A C Alderson, S P Elam. Gordon Fardahl of Austin, and Wilfred Paulson of Blooming Prairie.

Committal service was conducted at the Pleasant Hill cemetery. The Ward Worlein Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. Some of those attending from out of town Sunday were Mrs Marie Johnson, Mr and Mrs B Stahmer, Mr and Mrs Gordon Nelson, Mr Mrs H P Ramsay and Lois, Mrs O Hammerstad of Minneapolis. Mr and Mrs H Stahmer of Owatonna, Mr and Mrs C Knutson of Clear Lake, Mr and Mrs M. Claybourn, Mrs Palma Hedemark of Albert Lea, Mrs H. Halvorson of Mora.

The following poem was written by Mrs Dahl to be read at her funeral.


Promoted to glory, we cannot
bewail her
Though bitterest tears
be our meat day and night

Promoted to glory, where nothing
can harm thee,
Earths darkness exchanged for
Heaven's glorious light

Promoted to glory, thy mantle
We plead that thy spirit upon us
will fall,

Thy works, thine example our
hearts inspiring
Though dead, doth speak, and
though silent doth call

The following poem was of special
comfort to the family
What mean you by this weeping
To break my very heart
We both are in Christ's keeping
And therefore cannot part.
You there- I here, tho parted
We still at heart are one
I only just in sunshine
The shadow scarcely gone
What tho the clouds surround you
You can the brightness see
Tis only a little way that leads
from you to me
I was so very weary
Surely you could not mourn
That I a little sooner should lay
my burden down
Then weep not- weep not, darling
God wipes away all tears
Tis but a little while tho you
may call it years

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Mrs Dahl accepted the Lord as her personal Saviour at the age of 14, and lived a consistent christian life. She was vitally interested in foreign missions and was a charter member of the W C T U. For over 50 years she taught piano in the community which gave her a host of friends and left many pleasant memories. To know her was to love her. To make others happy was her delight.

In passing of our beloved wife and mother we keenly feel the loss of her love and prayers.


It is with deepest appreciation we acknowledge all the expressions of sympathy shown to us after the death of our loving wife and mother. We wish especially to thank Rev. Gjervik and Rev. Yeats, Elaine Eggen, organist, pallbearers, those who sent flowers, memorial wreaths, and cards as well as all the neighbors and friends who in so many ways assisted us by their kindness.

Words fail to express what your thoughtfulness meant to us in this hour of sorrow.

H. G. Dahl & Family