James E. Dahlstrom, 87
Fairmont A Mass of Christian Burial for James “Jim” E. Dahlstrom, age 87, of Fairmont, was Friday, March 4, 2016 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont. Burial was in Rice Lake Cemetery in rural Delavan.
Jim passed away Tuesday evening, Feb. 23, 2016 at the Mayo Clinic Health System, Fairmont. He was with his wife, Marge and children and their spouses and his grandchildren some in person and others in their homes in prayer. He died in the embrace of his loving family.
James “Jim” Elmer Dahlstrom was born on Jan. 28, 1929 in Winnebago, the son of Elmer and Nellie (Hart) Dahlstrom. Jim grew up on a farm in the Delavan area and attended school in Delavan. He graduated from Delavan High School in 1947 and then farmed with his family. In August of 1953 he married Clara Roche and they farmed and had five children together. They were later divorced. When Jim was 34 he became a State Farm Agent on June 1, 1963. First working in Springfield, and then moving to Fairmont on January 1, 1970. On July 20, 1985, Jim married Marge Torrence and they lived in Fairmont. Jim retired from State Farm in March of 2000.
Jim loved his farming and made many trips to his farm in Delavan Township, Faribault County. Over the years he enjoyed traveling, reading and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, longtime member of the Early Risers Kiwanis Club and Jaycees.
Those that will cherish his memory include his wife, Marge Dahlstrom, of Fairmont; three daughters, Susan (Tom) Feda, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Mary (Jerry) Dahlstrom-Salic, of Bloomington, Indiana, Karen (Bob Thompson) Dahlstrom, of St. Cloud; two sons, David (Lori) Dahlstrom, of Bloomington, Indiana, Greg (Ruth) Dahlstrom, of Rochester; nine grandchildren, Kent (Nicole) Feda, Cody Feda, David Thompson, Mike (fiance, Alexandra Dye), Nicole Dahlstrom, Tom Thompson, Samuel, Antonella and Nicolas Dahlstrom-Afcha; one great-granddaughter, Libby Feda and one great-grandson whose birth is expected at any time; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tom and Carolyn Roche, David Torrence, Jean and Paul Barnes, Barb and LeRoy Janssen, Deb Wadsley; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Nellie; one sister, Carol Stevemer and her husband, John; parents-in-law, George and Mae Torrence.
Memorials are preferred to the Minnesota Autism Center, 3380 Northern Valley Place NE, Rochester, MN 55906 or the St. John Vianney School Endowment Fund.
The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service assisted the family. www.lakeviewfuneralhome.net