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Delores Helen Bentdahl

Delores Helen (Seppman) Bentdahl went home to be with her Lord on April 5, 2018.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday April 14, 2018 at 11am at Christ Presbyterian Church, 6901 Normandale Road in Edina with Pastor Rich Phenow presiding. Visitation will be at 10am. All are invited to a luncheon immediately following the service. A ceremony of Christian burial will follow the luncheon at Lake Hanska Cemetery where she will be buried next to her beloved husband of 35 years, Orlando Bentdahl. Pastor Sara Taylor of Lake Hanska Lutheran Church will preside at the graveside.

She is survived by her six children; Marlow Bentdahl, Deanna (Pat) Mohr, Debra (Otto/Scotty)Koch, Sherraye (David) Lindstrom, Bonnie (Tom) Gasper, and Lizabeth (Tim) Stahl; 14 grand children; Bryan and Brandon Bentdahl, Tahnae(Bentdahl) Brickner, Jennifer Rindt, Kristine Hardy, Jared, Aaron, Michael, and Carrie Mohr, Rachel, Joseph and Rebecca Gasper, Jordan and Alyx Stahl; Great-grandchildren; Carlila and Caeli Schlumpberger, Elliott (Leo)Mohr, Katherine and Jonah Rindt, Grace, Malana, and Jeremy Hardy, brother-in-law James (Gloria) Matteson, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Orlando Bentdahl, parents; William and Emma (Schaub) Seppman, siblings; Darlene Matteson, Florian Seppman, Dorothy Paulsen, grandson; Adam Bentdahl; daughter-in-law Susan Bentdahl, and son-in-law Otto (Scotty) Koch.

Delores was born April 4, 1932, at Immanuel Lutheran Hospital in Mankato, MN. She graduated from Mankato Senior High School and was active in Quill and Scroll, German Club, Art Club, the Yell Club, art and journalism. As staff artist for the Mankato High Newspaper, she designed and cut linoleum blocks and created event covers. She honed many of her skills in block printing, water color, oil and acrylic painting as a charter member of the Minneopa Trail Blazers 4H Club. She won the first purple ribbon ever awarded at the 1949 MN State Fair for an oil painting of her family farm. In later years, she worked with clay and jewelry, making wall plaques and hand-crafted dishes. Delores was baptized, confirmed and married at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mankato, MN. Following her marriage to Orlando, she resided on a farm in rural Hanska for 65 years. In October of 2015, she moved to Summerhouse in Bloomington, MN. Delores enjoyed being a full-time homemaker and active member of Lake Hanska Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, made quilts, attended Bible studies, and served with Ladies Aid for funerals, weddings and Hi-League events. Delores also shared her artistic gifts on the altar committee. She served on the Luther Memorial Board and enjoyed attending the New Ulm Christian Women’s Club. She and Orlando were active in the Minnesota Turkey Producers, the Minnesota Pork Producers, the Brown County Farm Bureau and R.E.A. Her Hanska farm is registered as a Century Farm having been in the Bentdahl family since 1890. Traveling with her husband, family, and tour groups was a life-long passion. She visited Canada, Juarez Mexico, and 47 states. Delores won many ribbons at the Brown County Fair in painting, clay jewelry, and wall décor. Above all, she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren taking pictures of everything and sharing them with everyone. Her family will miss her red lipstick-kisses, which were a mark of her love for all of them. May her memory and legacy be blessed. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her honor to Grace Hospice and N.C. Little Memorial Hospice are appreciated.

A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on 2018 -04-14 at Christ Prebyterian Church, 6901 Normandale Road, Edina, MN, USA. A funeral service will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on 2018-04-14 at Christ Presbyterian Church, 6901 Normandale Road, Edina, MN, USA.

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