Barbara Dale, age 64, of Marshall, Minnesota, died peacefully on Friday, December 30, 2022, at the Prairie Home Hospice – Lockwood House in Marshall, Minnesota. Funeral Services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2023, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall, Minnesota. Following a reception, interment will be in the Lynd City Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Hamilton Funeral Home just before the service on Friday, from 11:30 a.m. until the time of her celebration at 1:00 p.m.
Barbara Jo Desmedt was born on September 12, 1958, in Marshall, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Cyriel and Kathy (Kor) Desmedt. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith that Christ United Presbyterian Church in Marshall. She grew up on the family farm in Lynd Township and attended school in Marshall. After graduating from Marshall High School with the class of 1977, Barbara then attended Canby Vo-Tech and became a dental assistant. She worked for Dr. Jim Milne and Dr. Paul Johnson for six years before her multiple sclerosis diagnosis worsened and prevented her from working. In the years to come Wild Rose and Touching Hearts staff cared deeply for her and took excellent care of her. They knew her so well that, simply by a look, they knew her needs before they were expressed.
Barb was united in marriage to Michael Dale of Lynd on September 30, 1978, and from this marriage two daughters were born: Jessica and Jenna. Barb's greatest joy became time spent with her children and grandchildren as she dearly loved every one of them. One of her fondest memories was taking a cruise to the Bahamas with her sisters, Pat and Julie, and her PCA. She was able to be wheeled into the ocean so she could feel the sand and water between her toes. Barb also traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to visit one of her best friends, Carol. Barbara enjoyed shopping and going out with friends. She also very much enjoyed watching NASCAR, rooting for #24 (Jeff Gordon). She recalled a favorite childhood memory of neighborhood get-togethers where they would fish for bullheads and occasionally snag a northern - those days ended with a big fish fry.
Barbara Dale died peacefully on Friday, December 30, 2022, in Marshall, Minnesota. She had reached the age of 64 years, 3 months, and 18 days. A special message from Barb: never miss a chance to say, “I love you.” Blessed be her memory.
Barbara survived by her daughters, Jessica Amundson (and fiancé Jeff VanDyke, Jenna Dale (and significant other Cameron Ellingson); grandchildren, Carter, Christopher, Camden, Payten, Tegen; former husband, Mike (and Betty) Dale; siblings, Julie (and Larry) Vlaminck, Pat (and Al) Stengel, Doug (and Beth) Desmedt, Lynn (and Rich) Hansen; aunts, Dolly Dobrenski, Nan (and Denny) Hinz; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins. Also survived by many friends that she cherished: Diane and Mike, Jan and Merv, Tammy and Kirby, Carol, Karen, and her care staff throughout the years including, most recently, the team at Prairie Home Hospice.
Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Cyriel and Kathy Desmedt; aunt, Mary Louise Soenen; uncles, Eli Soenen, Jack Dobrenski; and grandparents, Aiko and Marie Kor, Romain and Virginia Desmedt.