Kathryn ?Katie? Eleanor Dahlen, age 87, died on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at Elim Care Center, Fargo, ND.
Katie was born on March 12, 1920 in rural Walcott, ND to George and Oline (Perhus) Vangsness. She was baptized and confirmed at the West Prairie Lutheran Church. She attended grade school at the Barrie School and graduated from Kindred High School. She moved to Fargo and worked in the laundry at St. Luke?s Hospital and was a nanny for the Black family for a couple of years. She married William Dahlen on October 31, 1943 at West Prairie Lutheran Church in Kindred. After her children were older, she worked at various places including Elim Care Center, Target and Lorenzen?s Clothing Store. She was a caregiver for her mother and brother in their later years. Katie and Bill moved to Davenport, ND permanently in 1971 after going back and forth to the farm for eight years. Bill died in 1990. She moved to Kindred in 1997 and then moved to the Pioneer House in Fargo in 2003 and has been at Elim for one and a half years.
She volunteered as a ?pink lady? at St. Luke?s Hospital, was a charter member of the Davenport-Addison Homemakers Club, was a very active volunteer at the West Fargo Bonanzaville, PTA, Davenport Senior Citizen?s Club, and held many positions in the ladies? aid and taught Sunday School at Davenport Lutheran Church.
Katie was known for her hospitality. She loved to cook and especially enjoyed celebrating holidays with her family and birthday coffee parties with her friends. Her years on the farm brought great fulfillment with gardening, canning, sewing and raising children.
She is survived by her children: James ?Jim? Dahlen (Mary) Apple Valley, MN, Linda Salberg (Duane) White Bear Lake, MN, Loretta Adamson (Royce) Horace, ND; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brothers: Alfred Vangsness (Annabelle) Kindred, ND, and Sherman Vangsness (Shirlee) Bandera, TX; sister-in-law: Ardyce (Dahlen) Grant, West Fargo, ND; brother-in-law: Merlin Grindeland, Edwardsburg, MI; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents: George and Oline; husband: Bill; siblings: Oscar Vangsness, Samuel Vangsness, Clifford Vangsness, Clarence Vangsness, Melvin Vangsness, Art Vangsness, Gladys Weiler.
Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, February 15, 2008 at Elim Care Center, Fargo, ND with a Prayer Service at 7:00 pm.
Funeral: 11:00 am on Saturday, February 16, 2008 at Fredrikson Funeral Chapel, Kindred, ND with a dinner to follow at the Davenport Community Center, Davenport, ND.
Burial: Davenport Cemetery, Davenport, ND.