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August 5, 1918 – Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Service Information
Elim Parkview Chapel, Buffalo, MN
Sunday, January 2, 2011
5:00 PM

Visitation Information

Major Ruth E. Sundman Dahl, age 92, of Buffalo, Minnesota passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo.

Ruth E. Dahl was born August 5, 1918 in Bark River, Michigan to Swedish immigrants Carl and Hilda (Larson) Stenberg. She grew up in Bark River and attended schools there. She moved to Escanaba, MI to live with her grandmother, where she was introduced to The Salvation Army.

In 1939 she accepted God’s call to officership in The Salvation Army, and she entered The School for Officers’ Training in Chicago, IL. She was commissioned as a Lieutenant in June 1940 and served in St. Paul, MN. Other appointments included Chicago, IL; Willmar, MN; Des Moines, IA; and Superior, WI. She was then united in marriage to Captain Chester R. Sundman on June 25, 1949 in Escanaba, MI. To this union three sons were born: Paul, John and Mark. Many summer vacations were spent at their cabin on the Escanaba River near Gladstone, MI.

The couple happily served in The Salvation Army in Chicago, IL; Minneapolis; MN; Superior, WI; and then again in Minneapolis. A highlight of their life together was to attend The Salvation Army’s International Congress in London, England in 1965. Major Chester Sundman suddenly passed away April 8, 1972. Ruth was retired from active service in The Salvation Army and lived in Minneapolis. She was united in marriage to Harold Marvin Dahl on August 26, 1981. They greatly enjoyed living on Crow Wing Lake in Fort Ripley, MN. Harold suddenly passed away on October 27, 1995, and Ruth entered the Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo, where she resided during the last years of her life.

Ruth loved her family dearly and prayed for them without ceasing. Her life verse was Thessalonians 5:18: “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” She lived that verse as she continued to trust the Lord through the loss of her beloved two husbands, Chet and Harold. No matter what her circumstances, she always praised the Lord and witnessed to many people throughout her life.

Her hobbies included reading, gardening, oil painting, and music. In her younger years she played the accordian and tiple. She was able to play the piano until her death.

She is survived by her children: Paul Leonard Sundman of Seeley, Wisconsin, John Lowell (Cheryl) Sundman of Buffalo, Minnesota, and Mark Carlton (Lori) Sundman of Rogers, Minnesota; eight granchildren, Olivia (Jay), Erik (Lynnea), Becky (Andrew), Anna, Janice, Maria (Eddie), Brianna, and Jamie: one great-grandchild Sadie, one great-grandchild on the way, and one brother, Leonard Stenberg of Bark River, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Hilda (Larson) Stenberg, her husbands Major Chester Sundman and Harold Dahl, her brother Hjalmer Stenberg, and her sister Hildur Olson.

Services will be Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 5:00 PM at the Elim Parkview Chapel in Buffalo, Minnesota. Officiants will be Lt. Colonel Marvin Dahl, Lt. Colonel Daniel Sjogren, and Dr. Jerry Erickson. Special music will be provided by Lt. Colonels Marvin and Bodil Dahl and Erik and Lynnea Sundman. Visitation will be 4pm until time of services at Elim Parkview Chapel. Interment will be at a later date in Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Gladstone Michigan.

The Peterson Chapel is proud to have assisted the family with arrangements.

1 Guestbook Entry

  1. Roger & Cecilia Senn

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and into the new year. Thank you so much for sharing your mother with us! Roger has wonderful memories of her and your family from your time in Superior, WI. Playing the accordian at the Jail Services, open airs on Tower Ave., to watching how she loved people. He has referred to me more than once as his own “Ruth”. That is such an honor for me! Thank you for being a part of those memories. We will miss her but will continue to see her in each of you! God bless you today.


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