HOWARD LAKE, Minn. — Ella May (Hodnett) Dahlberg was the sixth child born to Royal W. and Mary (Johnson) Hodnett, on May 21, 1924, in Stillwater. Ella lived on a 160-acre May Township, Washington County farm until 1941. She attended one-room School District 5, then Stillwater High School, graduating in 1941 as a member of the National Honor Society, Science Academy and thespian.
Ella’s secretary-bookkeeper career began at State Epileptic Hospital in Cambridge, Minn., in 1942. In St. Paul, her “term of employment” at Murphy’s Freight Lines dated March 20, 1944, and lists “Rate of Pay: 68 cents an hour.” Other jobs Ella held in the Twin Cities were at Twin City Fruit, 12 years at Farmers Union Central Exchange, and six years at Ducks Unlimited. She also served four years as president of the St. Paul Audubon Society, and sang with the Civic Opera and Metzger Opera Workshop.
In 1966, Ella married Clinton Timber Dahlberg, a veteran of Guadalcanal in World War II and owner of Timber’s Resort in Howard Lake. Timber and Ella retired in 1978 to a 40-acre Middleville Township farm to enjoy rural life, birds, animals, ponds and conservation. Ella served 12 years as the Middleville Township Clerk.
Timber, a confirmed nature love, passed away in 1996. Ella moved to Howard Lake, always supporting the Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Ducks Unlimited, Legion Auxiliary, Disabled and Paralyzed Veterans and St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Timber, a professional baseball player, had been in 48 states. Ella enjoyed two trips to Europe in 1958 and 2000.
Ella was preceded in death by parents; brothers, Ira and John, sisters, Mary and Jane, and nephew Richard. She is survived by sister-in-law, Violet of Stillwater; nephews Dean (Theresa) of St. Paul; Daniel (Sue) of Caldwell. Idaho; niece, Gale Hanson (Raymond) Houlton, Wis., and grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.
Ella passed away on Nov. 30, 2012, at Cokato, Minn., at age 88. Family and friends witnessed interment of cremains at Howard Lake Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to HLWW School District 2678 Scholarship Fund, or, in lieu of flowers or memorials, dear friends, do something nice for a neighbor.
A memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with visitation one hour prior to the service at church.
Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake 320-543-3401. www.swansonpeterson.com.