Denise (Lewis) Dahl, of North Branch, Minn., passed away Feb. 6, 2013. Denise was born Sept. 25, 1957, in Minneapolis to Douglas and Leoda Lewis. She spent her childhood in Hinckley, Minn., and graduated from Forest Lake high school in 1975. She graduated from Bethel College in 1979 with a degree in Elementary Education and later earned her Master’s Degree.
Denise was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She loved being surrounded by her family and arranging group events for Feed My Starving Children, Operation Christmas Child, trips to Hershey, Penn. (for the chocolate of course), Ely (to see the bears), San Diego (the zoo), numerous trips to Harmony, Minn., Women’s Weekends, and other family trips.
Denise was preceded in death by her father Douglas Lewis; grandparents Walter and Herta Dallman; niece Katie Lewis; and cousin Jeff Stoffels. She is survived by her daughters April (Josh) Ebb, Amber (Ben) Hollingsead, and Anna (Adam) Baciak; grandson Owen Ebb; mother Leoda Lewis; brother Doug (Marge) Lewis; sisters Diane (Dennis) Miller, and Dawn (Randy) Hagerty, aunt Myrt Stoffels and many nieces and nephews.
She was a caring and dedicated teacher in North Branch for more than 30 years primarily teaching kindergarten. Her compassion and kindness will be missed by all who knew her. She will be remembered for her love of animals, nature, children, and also her wonderful sense of humor and story telling.
A funeral service was held at noon Feb. 11, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stacy, Minn. Visitation was 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. Interment was at Oak Hill Cemetery in North Branch. Memorials preferred to: Northwoods Humane Society, PO Box 264, Wyoming, MN 55092. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch, Minnesota. Condolences may be left online at www.grandstrandfh.com.