Leona M. Dahl
FAIRMONT – Private memorial services for Leona M. Dahl, 95, of Fairmont, will be held at a later date with immediate family. Leona’s cremated remains will be interred in Fort Snelling National Cemetery with her husband, Fred.
Leona died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Lakeview Methodist Healthcare Center Nursing Home in Fairmont.
Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
She was born July 13, 1918, in Walnut Grove, Minn., the daughter of John and Bessie (Knott) Goltz. She had two sisters, Rosamond (Goltz) Alberg and Irene (Goltz) Smetana; and two brothers, Rob Goltz and John (Jack) Goltz, all of whom preceded her in death.
During Leona’s early years, the family moved to Marcell, Minn. Leona attended school in the area, and graduated from Deer River High School. She married John S. Yelenich and had a daughter, Carol Lee. After this marriage failed and a divorce followed, Leona moved to Minneapolis and worked on the assembly line at Honeywell from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s. In August 1956, Leona married Fredrick C. Dahl, and she and Carol moved to Fred’s farm in East Chain, Minn. Leona became an active farm wife and assisted her husband with various aspects of the farming operation. Although Fred was a grain farmer, he also raised hogs for a number of years and put in a large chicken egg production facility for Leona to work with. Fred was an extremely progressive and successful farm owner/operator, with corn acreage output in the 1970s reaching 200 bushels per acre, and increased the size of the farming operation through the purchase of additional farmland. During this period, Leona worked part time as an aide at the Lutz Wing of Fairmont Community Hospital. She was actively involved in gardening and entered many events with her produce and baked items at the Martin County Fair, receiving numerous awards. Leona was an avid quilter and made quilts for many of her family members over the years. Leona and Fred took many foreign trips, a number of them being through the University of Minnesota’s People-to-People Goodwill Tours program. They hosted a delegation from Hungary in the 1970s. Leona and Fred spent many winters at Mesa, Ariz., enjoying the sunny climate there during the winter season and traveled to Hawaii several times. Leona was a member of the Fairmont Methodist Church.
Leona was preceded in death by her husband, Fredrick C. Dahl, who died March 9, 1999.
Survivors include her daughter, Carol Lee Moore Trapp of Mound, Minn.; four grandchildren, Chad Moore and wife, Cheryl, Dawn Moore, Tara (Moore) Janning and husband, Jeffrey, and Lane Moore and wife, Kelly; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren, including Chad’s children, daughter Elizabeth Moore, daughter Samantha Moore and Kevin Ciernia, and their son, Gavin Michael Ciernia, daughter, Cassandra (Moore) Brehm and her husband Ryan Brehm and daughter, Hollye; Dawn’s daughter, Ashley Moore; Tara’s children, daughter, Jacqueline (Janning) Hartneck and husband Sean Hartneck, and their son Blake, son Matthew Janning, and daughter Marissa Janning; and Lane’s children, daughter Elena Moore, son Sawyer Moore, and daughter Ariana Moore.