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Winifred “Winnie” Dahlquist, age 92, passed away February 22, 2018. She is predeceased by her husband and love of her life Henry “Hank” Dahlquist Sr. She is survived by her 5 children Henry “Hank” Jr., Dianne Linsenman, David “Fritz”, Kristin Mead and Douglas “Doug”, along with 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Winnie grew up in Shaker Heights, OH with her parents and two sisters. She graduated from Denison University, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta and where she met her beloved Hank. They married in 1948 and began their life together in Birmingham, MI. She was an active member in her community and in charitable organizations. She and Hank were founding members of their church, Nativity Episcopal Church.
In 1970 she and Hank decided to “paint their wagon” and moved to Anna Maria Island, bringing along 3 of their 5 kids, with the other 2 soon to follow. Family was extremely important to her, and she was always so happy to have all of her children nearby. She was a person who never had a bad day, or at least never let it be shown when she did. Everyone who knew her remembers that she always had a smile on her face.
She was the first generation in her family to be a working mom and enjoyed careers in human resources at Palmetto Federal, public relations at Manatee Community Blood Bank, and administration at Manatee Diagnostic Center. She continued to work into her 80s, because she loved the interaction with the people with whom she worked.
As an active member of Christ Episcopal Church, she was a participant and lay speaker for Cursillo retreats, a participant in Marriage Encounter, and was a long time Stephen’s minister. She was also involved in many study groups, outreach programs and as she did in every church she ever attended, she sang in the choir.
A memorial service will be at 2 pm on Friday, March 9th at Christ Episcopal Church, Manatee Ave. W. Following the service all are welcome to join the family to celebrate her life at the home of Kristin & Steve Mead. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in her name to The Alzheimer’s Assn. or Tidewell Hospice. The family wants to express their deep appreciation to the staff of Freedom Village and Tidewell Hospice for their loving care of Mom.
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