Mary J. Dahl


Mary J. Dahl, 86, died December 8, 2021, at Lake Hallie Memory Care in Lake Hallie. 

Mary was born September 18, 1935, in Whitehall, to Oswald Klomsten and Alvina (Hansen) Klomsten. She grew up in Whitehall and graduated from Whitehall High School.

Mary met Delmar at a dance at Lakeshore Pavilion in Hixton. She knew she had found her love when she watched this man walk across the dance floor to her with his arm outstretched and say: “I don’t know how to dance, but will you please dance with me?” She said yes and then carefully guided his steps in the hopes that she would put him at ease. They danced the rest of the evening.

Delmar and Mary were married February 17, 1956, and eventually moved to Whitehall to raise their two daughters, Denise and Jennifer. A few years passed, and they accepted the opportunity to relocate to Black River Falls where they built their home and their lives together.

Mary loved life as a homemaker and spent her time doing many things her family enjoyed and appreciated. She had many talents. She could write stories and create amazing imaginative mini stories which were always a joy to listen to before bed or whenever someone wasn’t feeling well. She excelled at making Norwegian specialty treats and homemade breads. It wasn’t unusual to come home to the smell of fresh bread, chocolate chip cookies or stews on the stovetop.

Mary is survived by her two daughters: Denise and Jennifer, both currently in Eau Claire; two sons-in-law; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters: Bette of Washington state, Bonnie of Black River Falls; and two brothers: Ozzie of Trempeauleau and Jerry of Illinois; along with many nieces and nephews located throughout the United States.

Mary was preceded in death by her mother and father; as well as her sister. Mary was dedicated to Delmar and always wanted to make sure she left this earth before he did, so it’s fitting that they both left on the same day. Delmar left first, and we are sure it was to make sure everything was just perfect for her when she arrived to be with him.

A viewing will be held at Torgerson’s Funeral Home alongside with her husband, Delmar, Thursday, December 16, 2021. They both had experienced sudden illnesses that facilitated their deaths.

Torgerson Funeral Home, 408 N. Water St. Black River Falls, WI 54615, is assisting the family with arrangements; P: 715-284-4321.

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