Dagmar Blegen age 96 of Arco passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Divine Providence Health Center. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 2 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco with the Rev. Stephen Rasmusson officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to services. Burial is in Arco Cemetery. Grandsons will be pall bearers. Online condolences may be placed at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dagmar C. Blegen was born January 26, 1919 to Anton and Annetta (Nielsen) Madsen on a farm north of Arco. She grew up on that farm and attended school in Arco, graduating from high school there in 1937. Following high school, she kept house and cooked for an uncle, Tony Nielsen, and cared for his children after his wife died. Dagmar married Orlando Blegen at the Lutheran parish house in Arco on November 9, 1939, and they farmed in the Arco area until selling their farm in 1957 and moving to the Garvin and Balaton, Minnesota, area where they rented farms for several years. They moved back to Arco in 1960 and purchased the house that had been owned by Orlando’s parents. Dagmar lived in that house until entering the nursing home on December 27, 2010. After moving back to Arco, Dagmar worked at the Sen’s Café and cooked at The Brick Manor Steakhouse, both in Arco, before purchasing the Koffee Kup Kafe in Arco in 1973 where she was noted for her fine baked goods, including a coffee cake that was always available. Her husband died in 1985 and she sold the café in 1990 and retired. Dagmar was a life-long member of Bethany Lutheran Church.
Survivors include her four children, Dale (Catherine Tritle) of De Smet, S.D., Linda (Bruce) Johnson of Park Rapids, Minn., Allen (Carol) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Dan (LuAnn) of Mora, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Carsten Madsen of Arco and Raymond Madsen of Manitowoc, Wis.; two sisters, Alice (Gene) Faulds of Ivanhoe, Minn., and Alta (LeRoy) Sprink of Aurora, Minn., and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and two brothers, Thorvald and Norman.