Avon was born Dec. 29, 1938 in Caledonia, Minn. to Palma Hagen (Robert Fritz). She attended Caledonia schools and on Feb. 16, 1955 she married Maurice Dahl, Sr. at the Burr Oak Lutheran Parsonage. They lived, farmed, and raised their 12 children on Maurice’s home farm in Hesper Township. They recently moved to the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.
She was a member of the Hesper Lutheran Church and enjoyed spending time with family, flowers, gardening, canning, crafts, and bingo lottery.
Avon is survived by her husband, Maurice Sr. of Mabel, Minnesota; 12 children, Maurice Jr. (Nancy), Burr Oak, Iowa; Bruce Sr. (Doreen), Decorah, Iowa; Carol (Sam) Gipple, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Joyce (Randy) Halverson, Calmar, Iowa; Mary Beth (Michael) Whalen, Burr Oak; Richard (Kathy), Burr Oak; Sandy (Willie) Lorch, Decorah; Leslie, Decorah; Jeff (Val), Elgin, Iowa; Steve, Sr., Decorah; Brian (Laurie), Ossian, Iowa, and Michael (Carri), Cresco, Iowa; 53 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; a brother Burnell (Terri) Nelson, Michigan; a brother Ardis (Sharon) Nelson, Arizona; brother-in-law Arnold (Violet) Dahl, Waterloo, Iowa; sister-in-law Norma Dahl, Canton, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter Brianna Dahl in 2006; and a sister, Linda Betts in 2011.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at the Hesper Lutheran Church with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Burial will be in the Hesper Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 24 at the Hesper Lutheran Church and again one hour prior to services.