Rita Dahlen

rita dahlen

Rita Jean Dahlen, 50, Dilworth, MN, passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Sanford Health.  She was born on October 15, 1964 to Rodney and Ruth (Hexom) Nesemeier in Moorhead, MN.  She grew up in Fargo and graduated from Fargo South High School.  Rita then attended NDSU where she earned a degree in psychology. 

On November 24, 1984 she was united in marriage to Allen Dahlen at First United Methodist Church in Fargo.  The couple lived in Sioux Falls, Grand Forks, and Fargo. 

She made her home in Moorhead, MN where she raised her son, Matthew.  Rita worked at Target and was later employed at US Bank until 2009. 

Rita loved animals and had a special place in her heart for dogs.  She was a strong supporter of 4 Luv of Dog Rescue and fostered many of them over the years.  Collecting and refurbishing antiques was one of her favorite hobbies.  Rita was an excellent cook and loved trying new recipes.  She especially enjoyed preparing meals for her friends and family.

She is survived by her son, Matthew Dahlen; parents, Rodney and Ruth Nesemeier; siblings, Rick (Joy) Nesemeier, Ranae (David) Oxton, Ronda Nesemeier, Patty Gross; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Lee and Amanda Nesemeier, and Carlot and Olive Hexom.

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  1. Lakewood COI am so sorry to learn of Rita’s passing. I regret all of the years that we had lost touch. I have so many wonderful memories of our friendship!!
    My prayers are with all who loved her.;

  2. Dickinson ND

    Matt and Dahlen Family,

    My deepest condolences at the news of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ;

  3. Detroit Lakes MNAlthough we did not know Rita, we were saddened to hear of the death of our cousin’s (Ruth and Rodney) daughter. Our prayers are with the family as they grieve the loss of a child.
    Carman & Carole Lynnes ;

  4. Thinking of you all! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and will continue to be with you. Mike Glori and Ashlyn;

  5. Loretto MND

    ear Matt and all the Nesemeier Family,
    Our Family is truly sorry for your loss and we are thinking and praying for all of you.
    Cory, Dana, Taylor & Cayden Effertz;


    My Prayers and thoughts to the family, I have great memories of Rita and 1st Church, youth group, and the sleep overs at the church. She was always friendly, had a smile for everyone and she was a good person. ;

  7. Dell Rapids SDRita and I were great friends in High School. I will never forget what a good friend she was. She had a great laugh! I’m so sad to hear about her death. She went way to early. My greatest condolences to Matt and her family. ;

  8. West Fargo ND

    I will miss her deeply. She was a great client. I have great memories of all our great visits!!! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.ЁЯШв;

  9. pekin n.dak.So sorry to hear of your loss. I know how much it hurts when you lose a sibling. God bless you and your family. Corine;

  10. Fargo ND

    I will forever miss your kind and generous heart, your smiling face, and your laugh. I am heartbroken to lose one of the dearest souls I have known since I was 10… who introduced me to one of my childhood friends, and was a fixture of my cherished memories of summers at Lake Lizzie.
    I pray for Matthew and all your loved ones touched by your brilliance. My friend, our lives are forever richer for having had you in it…I love you as a sisterGarfield’

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