|Birth: ||Dec. 30, 1954|
|Death: ||Dec. 29, 2008|
Denise Elizabeth Dahl or "Mashkowizii Gabowiik" which means "Stands Strong Woman" of Cass Lake passed away Monday, December 29, 2008, the eve of her 54th birthday at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.
Services will begin with a wake on Thursday evening at the Cass Lake-Bena High School in Cass Lake and will continue until the time of her funeral at Noon on Sunday, January 4, 2009. Interment will be at the Farris/Farden Township Cemetery in rural Cass Lake under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.
Denise was born as Cecelia Madeline Fairbanks on Dec. 30, 1954 in Cass Lake to Jack Fairbanks and Mary Jane Folstrom of White Earth. She was raised in the Lake George area until her parents death at which time she was adopted and raised in the southern United States. She traveled the world doing mission work with her adoptive parents, but eventually came home to Cass Lake in 1975, where she met and married Jack Dahl, Sr. on May 15, 1975. They lived in the Guthrie/Laporte area and raised their six children while also keeping doors open to numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and extended family. In 1991, after much determination to be a role model for all her children, she received her diploma from Cass Lake-Bena High School. In 1997, she then continued her studies at Northwest Technical College and persevered diligently until she obtained both a Secretarial/Receptionist and Bookkeeping degrees. Her graduation coincided with her youngest son Brent's high school graduation and was a highpoint in her life. She worked for MCT home loan for several years, and then at the Cass Lake-Bena High School for Indian Education. She was a founder of the drum and dance group at the high school and helped with the Anishanabe Quiz Bowl program. She also helped coordinate cultural presentations for the Youth Works program during the summer. She loved to sew and at one time was an independent contractor for Lady Slipper Designs although her true passion was creating powwow regalia for all her kids.
She is survived by 14 children: James (Cindy) Dahl of Onigum, MN
Brenda (Al) Dahl of Cass Lake, Michael (Crystal) Dahl of White Earth, MN
Jack (Ronda) Dahl, Jr. of Bemidji, Brent (Jessica) Dahl of Bemidji
Christine (Ken) Goggleye of Laporte, Kerri Wells of Guthrie
Sarah Headbird of Fargo, ND Mindy (Jeremy) Swan of Bemidji
Bonnie Zamora and Amaya Fisherman of Cass Lake
Kathy Jaspers, Sarah (Ken) Jaspers and Bob (Sylvia) Jaspers of Cass Lake
23 grandchildren, a great grandchild, and numerous nieces, and nephews.
7 siblings- Sylvia "Jeannie" (Ed) Lemay of Desota, Wisc., Karen Solberg of White Earth
Liz (Gary) Pierce of Walla Walla, Wash, Will (Lorraine) Klaus of Guthrie
Fred Fairbanks of Cass Lake Missy Murray of Walla Walla, Wash,
and Clara (Spud) Carlson of Bemidji
Former husband and father of her children – Jack Dahl. Sr. of Laporte
She was preceded in death by her parents- Jack Fairbanks and Mary Jane Folstrom, Sister- Shirley Adams, uncle- Pat St. Clair, and grandfather- Simon Folstrom.
Active casketbearers will be Travis Heusers, Ryan Lemon, Don Carlson, Mike Hanson, Tim Nelson, Ricky Haaland with alternate- Carl Remmers
Honorary casketbearers will be all the students and staff at the Cass Lake-Bena High School.
The family is asking that in lieu of flowers that monetary donations be made for the establishment of a Denise Dahl memorial scholarship in tribute to her constant dedication to education.
Created by: Pam Estes Holeton
Record added: Jan 25, 2009
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