Betty Dahlin

Posted 2/22/21

Betty Estelle Dahlin, 103, of Paris, passed away at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at Life’s Journey Senior Living in Paris.

According to her wishes, no public services are planned. …

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Betty Dahlin


Betty Estelle Dahlin, 103, of Paris, passed away at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at Life’s Journey Senior Living in Paris.

According to her wishes, no public services are planned. Private interment is at a later date. Templeton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Dahlin was born Sept. 28, 1917, in Lincoln, Neb., the daughter of the late John Cloyd and Mary Elizabeth “Mae,” nee Arnott, Grisinger, the youngest of their four children. She married Ernest Oscar Dahlin in Burlington, Iowa, on March 23, 1942. He died May 14, 1984, in Paris.

She is survived by her four children, Nanette Ertz of Asheville, N.C., Brock Dahlin (and Jennifer Purdue) of Roachdale, Ind., Debra (Michael) Lechwar of Wentzville, Mo., and Gris (Shannan) Dahlin of Blaine, Minn.; nine grandchildren, Logan Ertz of Charlotte, N.C.; Casey (Amanda) Ertz of Weaverville, N.C., Jay (Bryna) Dahlin of Chicago, Brook (Bridget) Dahlin of Paris, Justin (Anne) Lechwar of Lake Saint Louis, Mo., Chelsea Claire (Kevin) Hoffman of Morton, Andrew Dahlin of Lino Lakes, Minn., Brandon Dahlin of St. Paul, Minn., and Connor Dahlin of Cashmere, Wash.; eight great-grandchildren, Lily Mae Dahlin and Jean-Jacques Dahlin both of Chicago, Briggs Garrett Dahlin of Paris, Jenna Nicole Lechwar and James Robert Lechwar both of Lake Saint Louis, Owen Daniel Hoffman of Morton, and Heidi Abigail Ertz and Gretchen Emmaleigh Ertz both of Weaverville; four nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Mrs. Dahlin spent her happy childhood years in Casper, Wyo., where she became a talented dancer, performing on stage from the young age of four and throughout her college career. In addition to her dancing talent, she was an accomplished athlete, excelling at swimming, running the 50-yard dash, pingpong, tennis, golf, baseball, volleyball and basketball, despite her petite frame. It was thought that her excellent physical fitness was largely responsible for her survival of a near-fatal case of diphtheria when she was 10 years old.

As senior class president, she graduated at the top of her class from Burlington High School in 1935, and enrolled in the University of Iowa, where she became a member, and later president, of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. There she continued to excel in academics, athletics and music until she developed potentially deadly blood clots in her head and lungs, causing immediate bed rest and the abrupt discontinuation of her college life. However, after the blood clots dissolved several months later, she continued her college education at the University of Southern California, where she graduated with honors in 1940. Upon graduation she returned to Iowa and worked as the private secretary to the Superintendent of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company at Ottumwa, Iowa.

She met Ernie Dahlin through her longtime boyfriend, Art Manush (nephew of Hall of Fame baseball player, Heinie Manush). Their friendship developed into a romance, and they were married in her parents’ home in Burlington, Iowa, on March 21, 1942. They remained happily married until his death 42 years later in 1984.

 Mrs. Dahlin was employed as a legal secretary for Massey, Anderson & Gibson Law Firm in Paris from the mid-1970s until the mid-1980s.

Over the years, she enjoyed writing short stories of real events in her and her family’s lives. She began playing bridge as a child and enjoyed the game throughout her life. She was a lifelong Presbyterian and was active in her church taking on various roles over the years. She was also an active member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, joining in 1946, where she held numerous roles as officer over the years.

Memorial donations may be made to Life’s Journey Senior Living, 705 Kenton Street, Paris, Illinois 61944.

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