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Donajean Dalin, 94

Donajean Mae Dalin, age 94, of Litchfield, died Monday, May 15, 2017, at Bethany Assisted Living in Litchfield.

She was born Oct. 29, 1922, in Olivia, the daughter of John and Vivian (Kafer) Nelson.

Donajean grew up in the Bird Island area, and graduated from the Bird Island High School.

She was baptized and later confirmed in the Christian faith, and was a member of the Lake Jennie Covenant Church at the time of her death.

Donajean was united in marriage to Richard Dalin July 27, 1945, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Bird Island. The couple made their home on a farm in Washington County for a short time, before moving to a farm in Renville County for a few years, and then the Twin Cities area.

Following retirement, they moved to Scandia; and in 2005, Donajean moved to Litchfield, where she has since resided.

Donajean had been employed with the Saint Paul Insurance Company as a clerk in the claims department for several years.

A wonderful hostess, Donajean was attentive to peoples’ likes and dislikes, and would prepare a special meal with her family’s favorite items. She liked completing crossword, jigsaw, and word search puzzles; and playing games.

Donajean also enjoyed playing the organ and the piano for her family and herself. She spent many hours studying and reading the Bible.

She will be missed by her family: children, Kay Langness, and Gary Dalin, both of Litchfield; three grandchildren, Anthony Langness, Christopher Langness, and Keith Shaw; eight great-grandchildren: Heather Langness, Heather Stueber, Josh Lies, Ashley Nelson, Braeden Lies, Alexandra Maahs-Stewart, Austin Shaw, and Jordan Shaw; eight great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Gwendolyn (Earl) Lenz of Waite Park.

Donajean was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; and her parents.

Her funeral service took place Friday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel with Pastor Douglas Pierce officiating. Interment followed at the Bird Island City Cemetery.

There was visitation one hour prior to the service Friday at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel; which handled the arrangements.

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