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Diana Eleanor Dahl private memorial set

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Former Chesterton-area resident Diana Eleanor Dahl died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 in Aurora, Ohio. She was 86.

Born in Penang Province, Malaya, in 1923, she was the daughter of Henry and Elsie Parry. Henry was a British Port Authority Director. At an early age, Diana was sent to England to be educated in boarding school. Although lonely, she adopted a sense of self-sufficiency that would serve her well later in life.

In the 1930ís, Diana and her family moved to Trinidad, where her father was posted as Port-of-Spain harbormaster. When war loomed on the horizon, Diana returned to England and joined the British Army, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. She worked as an aide in a hospital treating wounded RAF pilots and as a clerk and a driver. She also manned an anti-aircraft gun on the Dover coast. In 1946, she met Ole Dahl, a Danish man who had spent most of the war in the Danish Resistance. While stationed in post-war Germany, Ole and Diana deepened their relationship by mail and were married in 1947 in Copenhagen.

Diana and Ole Dahl immigrated to the United States in 1949 and settled in Chicago, where Ole worked as a violinmaker. In 1955, they bought a rambling home and small farm near Chesterton. Their three children, Peter, Christian, and Rebecca, thrived there, enjoying a river, a pond, and lots of animals.

In the 1960ís, Diana went back to school and earned her masterís degree in teaching while also completing all the course work for a PhD degree. In 1967, Ole opened a violin shop in Bloomington, Ind., and the Dahl family moved there. For several years, Diana taught English at Central Junior High in Bloomington but then left teaching to govern the retail sales counter where she also became an expert at varnishing Oleís instruments and repair jobs. Both a business success and a Bloomington landmark, Ole Dahl Violins served a vibrant local musical community for over three decades.

Diana and Ole were married for 56 years. After Oleís death, and with the tragic loss of her daughter Becky, Diana found herself alone by early 2004. As she had done as a young girl at boarding school, she bore up, kept her chin up, stood up straight, and never lost her dry sense of humor.

She is survived by sons Pete and Chris; daughters-in-law Susie and Linda; son-in-law Sam Headley; grandchildren Kerrily, Kristina, Joshua, Lauren, Christopher, and Elena; great-grandchildren Benjamin, Jackson, Penelope, and Zadie. Dianaís eventful life was enriched by each one of them, and their lives are enriched for having known and loved her.

Cremation has taken place, with Bissler & Sons Funeral Home of Kent, Ohio handling the arrangements. The family will gather on Christmas Day for a private remembrance and celebration of Mrs. Dahlís life.



Posted 12/23/2009