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August 2, 1934 – Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Service Information
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo, MN
Monday, January 2, 2017
11:00 AM

Visitation Information
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, MN
Sunday, January 1, 2017
4 – 8 PM, 7 PM prayer service

Marilyn Martha Dalman, age 82 of Buffalo, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. She was born on August 2, 1934, the daughter of John and Eleanor (Dircks) Aretz.

Marilyn graduated from Maple Lake High School and moved to Minneapolis where she worked for Northwestern National Life Insurance Company. She waited for her soldier boy to return and on August 7, 1954, Marilyn Aretz and Les Dalman were united in marriage by Fr. Frederick Berthelme at St. Timothy’s Church in Maple Lake, MN. After living in Minneapolis and Maple Lake, they built their own home in Buffalo. She was a great cook and homemaker and after 23 years, she went to work as a Food Manager at Buffalo Primary School (now Tatanka Elementary). She enjoyed cooking for the children every day. Marilyn was an avid bridge and 500 card player, belonging to three clubs. She also enjoyed doing embroidery work and blessed many with embroidered gifts. Marilyn was a member and past president of the Buffalo American Legion Auxiliary Unit 270, a member and president of the Buffalo Lionesses, a member and president of the St. Francis Rosary Altar Society, and she sang in the St. Francis Xavier Resurrectioin Choir, and volunteered at the King’s House in Buffalo. Marilyn and Les enjoyed dancing together for many years and were always admired by others as they seemed to float across the floor. They also had a passion for travel and visited all 50 states with the last one being Alaska in the year of their 50th wedding anniversary. Marilyn and Les spent many Saturdays traveling to the Midwest Country Music Theater in Sandstone, MN where they enjoyed listening to the music of the good ol’ country singers such as Hank Thompson, Jeanne Sheppard and Connie Smith.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Eleanor (Dircks) Aretz, stepmother, Ardell (Lemieux) Aretz, brothers-in-law, Ken Dalman and Ralph Rham; and sister-in-law, Marian Aretz.

Marilyn is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Les Dalman; daughters, Anita (Kevin) Underberg, Joni Dalman, Terri (Ken) Klingelhoets; grandchildren, Jaclyn (Toby) Heinz, April (Dan) Kiernan, Mindi Lloyd, Katie (Derrick) Hetzler, John Klingelhoets; great-grandchildren, Payton, Kayla, Evelyn, Alexa, Scarlett, Jack, Blake, Ethan, Maisie, Maxwell, Madeline; siblings, Lee (Marty) Aretz, Lu Dalman, Les (Janet) Aretz, Ann Rham; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Casket bearers are Kevin Underberg, Ken Klingelhoets, John Klingelhoets, Derrick Hetzler, Toby Heinz and Dan Kiernan.

Visitation will be held Sunday, January 1, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M., with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M., at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Further visitation will be held at church one hour prior to Mass on Monday. Mass of Christian Burial Monday, January 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo with Father Nathaniel Meyers as Celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Francis Cemetery in Buffalo.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. 763-682-1363.

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Richard Voge

    Prayers and healing thoughts to your family at this most difficult time. I remember Marilyn fondly as we grew up, and again thru the years at the restaurant.

  2. Richard and Eloise Smith

    Our sympathy to Les and all the family. Marilyn and Richard were classmates at Maple Lake school.

  3. Julie Hukriede (Worwa)

    To the Dalman family – fond memories of Marilyn, spent a lot of time growing up hanging out at the Dalman house. Remember pre-prom get gatherings at their house.
    May God give you strength in the days ahead. May the beautiful memories that you’ve created over the years lift you up on those difficult days.

    God’s peace.


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