Phyllis M. Wallin, 84, of Ogilvie, died peacefully in her sleep at her beloved home on Friday, February 14, 2014.
Phyllis was born March 13, 1929 to Carl and Clara (Sorensen) Lundahl in Dassel, Minn. At an early age the family moved to a farm in Maple Ridge Township near Dalbo. She attended country school during her elementary years and graduated from Ogilvie High School. During high school, Phyllis worked at the Wendberg meat locker in Dalbo.
On Nov. 18, 1950, Phyllis married Blaine Wallin of Walbo at Salem Lutheran church, after which Blaine was deployed to Korea where he served on the front line. During his service in Korea his first child, Connie, was born. Phyllis loved being a wife and mother and the family grew to four children under the age of 6 with the addition of Greg, Julie, and Patty. The family settled in Brooklyn Park, Minn. in 1953. In 1972, they purchased a lake lot on Perry Lake near Crosby, Minn. where they enjoyed roughing it and rustic outdoor living. Later, after selling the Perry Lake lot, they purchased a home on Mille Lacs Lake which they enjoyed for a number of years. In 1976, they purchased a farmstead near Day where they spent their weekends and vacations farming, while continuing their full-time jobs in Brooklyn Park. In 1996, they moved to the house Blaine built for her on the farmstead, where they currently reside.
While in Brooklyn Park, Phyllis was a housewife and mother, raising her four children but never forgetting her roots. She enjoyed tending to flower and vegetable gardens and loved to can fruits, vegetables and pickles. Most of all, Phyllis loved being a Mom.
When the children were grown, Phyllis worked briefly for a manufacturer and later for Gold Eagle Cleaners for several years. After they purchased the farm, she raised sweet corn there, rising at four in the morning to pick the corn, and then driving 50 miles to Crystal to sell it.
Phyllis was a life-long member of Salem Lutheran Church, where she was active in many activities.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother James.
Phyllis is survived by her husband of 63 years Blaine, children Connie (Kent) Lee of Minneapolis, Gregory Wallin of Rush City, Julie (Tim) Englund of Park Rapids, Patty (Craig) Conlon of Hamel, eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and one brother Howard (Claryce) Lundahl of Braham.
Funeral Services were held Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Salem Lutheran Church of Dalbo. Pallbearers were Jon and Chris Lee, Josh and Ben Englund, Mike Opsal, and Adam Lundahl. Interment was in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery. Online condolences at www.carlsonlillemoen.com. Arrangements were with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.