Evelyn Marie Dalen, 85, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2009.
She was born April 10, 1924, to George and Anna Boylan, in Wadena. During World War II, she married Sherman Dalen, and worked as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell while he was away serving in the Army. Following the war, they made their home on a dairy farm south of Verndale, where they raised their seven children. In 2007, she moved to Becker and was part of the Shepherd of Grace Senior Community while there.
She was active in her church and community, participating in Christian Mothers, the Oak Grove Hustlers Homemakers Club and as coordinator for the Wadena County Dairy Association's annual dairy princess contest for many years. She was also involved with the Wadena County Republican Party, serving as a delegate at the local and state levels, as well as in the Farm Bureau and Land O' Lakes organizations.
Her life was filled with great love and faith. She instilled in each of her children the importance of faith in Jesus and the value of a loving family. Her legacy includes a rich heritage of 26 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She will long be remembered for her award-winning apple pie, her endearing disposition, a patriotic love for her country, as well as her strong faith in God and deep love for her family.
A service in honor of her life was held Tuesday, June 23, at St. Frederick's Church, Verndale, with interment following at the cemetery. A grandchild representing each of her seven children's families served as her pallbearers, including Joey Gould, Chad Rohr, Joni Schwartz, Brady Rupard, Nate Crocker, Chris White and Josh Stoll. Arrangements were with the Johnson Memorial Home in Wadena (www.johnsonmemorialhome.com).
Survivors include her children: Sandra (David) Gould, Verndale, Jeanne (Gary) Rohr, Staples, Tom (Shari) Dalen, Verndale, Susanne Grim, Lakeville, Minn., Michelle (Dan) Crocker, Monticello, Minn., LeAnn (Ed) White, Rosemount, Minn., and Denice (Dennis) Freih, Becker, Minn.; 26 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; brother, Warren; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and her brother, Howard.