Cecilia Dahmen

Obit-Dahmen-formattedHighlights of My Story by Cecelia (Ceil) Dahmen
Not many people get to write their own obituary. But as I am waiting for my day to enter heaven, I have the opportunity to tie up some loose ends and this is one of them.
On June 25, 1935, I was born in the town of Kalusz, district of Rypianka, Poland to my parents Aniela and Jan (Jon) Liebersbach. I had an older brother Frances, a younger brother Joe, and a baby sister that died as an infant. I was happy there on the farm until W.W. II broke out.
In 1949, God brought me out of a country where there was no freedom and no worship of God. We came in through Chicago and went up to South Dakota.
In 1952 God brought Andrew (Andy) Dahmen and his mom into my life. A new life began for me in Onamia, MN. Then Andy and I were married.
In 1953, God gave us our son, Nicholas John, and he has 4 children: Jenny (married to Jeff and mother to Madison), Chris (married to Stephanie and father to Josiah, Eve, and Isaac), Nicholas Jr. (father of Caitlyn), and Michael (married to Alexandria and father to Elisha and Acer). Nick is married to Judy who has 2 children, Laura and Peter.
In 1956, God gave us our son Alfred Donald. He is married to Dorothy and they have one daughter, Mary Ann.
In 1961, God gave us our son Allen Andrew. He is married to Jill and they have seven children: Angie (married to Brandon and mother of Carly and one on the way), Tammy (married to Derek and mother of Lacy, Lucas, and Blake), Sarah, Joseph, Emily, Anya, and Vitaly.
In 1965, God gave us our daughter Connie Marie. She has two children, Monica and Graham.
The grandchildren and great grandchildren have been such a blessing, giving lots of hugs and kisses. They are like angels to me.
I am so grateful for the blessings God has given me. Out of gratitude for His blessings I gave back as I could by helping at my church. I am also thankful to the American soldiers that were so kind to me in the refugee camps (including my first taste of chocolate in 1948) and so I have volunteered with the Veterans of Foreign Wars since 1976. Ive made about 100 quilts for soldiers as well.
I am looking forward to going to heaven to see my three babies that have gone ahead of me, my husband Andy, my brother Frances, and Connies husband Todd.
On June 27, 2014, Ceil went home to be with the Lord, her friends, and her family that have gone ahead.
A memorial service will be held July 12, 2014, at Onamia Alliance Church at 3 p.m. Visitation begins at 2 p.m. Ceil has requested memorials in lieu of flowers.

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