Doris E. Dahlgren, age 94, of Bird Island, returned to her heavenly home Friday June 22, 2018 at the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center in Buffalo Lake. Funeral services are Wednesday, June 27th at 11 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bird Island with Rev. Mandy France officiating. Burial is in the Bird Island City Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia and continues Wednesday at the church for one hour prior to services.
Doris was born on May 9, 1924 at rural Hector to Oscar and Pearl (Johnson) Freberg. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at First Lutheran Church in Hector. She attended country school in Osceola Township and graduated from Hector High School in 1942. She later entered the Army Nurses Corps and earned her Registered Nursing Degree at The Northwestern Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis in 1946. She briefly served through the corps, tending to returning soldiers in Minneapolis and Crookston. Doris returned to Bird Island in 1946 and served as the office nurse for Dr. H.E. Johnson at Bird Island. On January 18, 1947 she married Glenn A. Dahlgren and moved to rural Bird Island where they farmed until 1982. Doris was a full partner in the farm operation and a dedicated, though often behind-the-scenes, participant in church, social and civic activities. She was an accomplished seamstress, knitter and crocheter, and enjoyed gardening, baking, and travel. During retirement she delighted in church quilting, circle bible study, and the Doris Club.
Doris is survived by her three children and their spouses; John and Joalynn Dahlgren of Scottsdale AZ, Jean and Lowell Petterson of Lake Lillian and Judy and Michael Hogan of Minneapolis; her five grandchildren Anne (Hayes) Shimp, Sara LaGreca, Lindsay (Dave) Walz, Brett Petterson and Danielle Olson; her three great grandchildren; Henley and Hayes Shimp and Jaden LaGreca; and her brother Gerald (Marion) Freberg of Omaha, NE. Doris was preceded in death by her parents Oscar and Pearl Freberg; her husband Glenn Dahlgren; and her brother Robert Freberg.
“Now, Master, let your servant go in peace according to your word” Luke 2:29
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