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DAGMAR COSFORD  (published on February 28, 2009)

DAGMAR COSFORD (JOHANNESSON) January 7, 1910 - February 22, 2009 Dagmar passed away peacefully at Arborg Personal Care Home at the age of 99 years. She is loved and will always be remembered by her brother Victor Johannesson, daughters Barbara (Arnold) Mekelberg, Carleyann Cosford-Heibert, grandchildren Marria (Peter) Bialowis, Karen Dueck, Terri and Brent Mekelberg, great-grandchildren Steven, Johnathan, Christie and Cindy, nephew Franklin (Barbara) Johannesson, niece Lynne Johannesson-Bazilewich, great-nieces and nephews Denise (Mike) Stobert, Kevin (Vanessa) Bazilewich, Cory (Star) Johannesson and Crystal (Dean) Tukko, great-great nieces and nephews, Andy, Kirsten, Matthew, Ryan, Joshua, Blaise, Courtney, Kaleb and Taylor, brothers-in-law Russel and Gordon Cosford, sister-in-law Olga Johannesson. She was predeceased by her husband Lorne (Bing) Cosford, her parents, Valdimar and Kristveig Johannesson, her brothers Valdi and Thorberg, her sister Ragna Vopni, sisters-in-law Olive, Thora and Binna Johannesson, Pat White, brothers-in-law Karl Vopni and Ben Cosford. Dagmar was born in Arborg and moved with her parents to the farm in Vidir in 1920. She attended school in Vidir and St. John's Tech in Winnipeg. When she was 18 she went to Normal School and became a teacher, teaching in Minerva, Morweena, Vidir and Lowland. In 1935 Dagmar decided to become a nurse and saved up exactly enough money to start training. She finished her training in 1939. In 1943 she began working at the Veteran's Hospital in Deer Lodge. This is where she met her future husband Bing. They married on December 1, 1953 and shortly after moved to Arborg. In 1958 they adopted Barbara, age 10 and Carley, age six. They all became very active in the Arborg 4-H Club, Dagmar and Bing both as leaders and the girls as members. In 1974 Dagmar and Bing bought a mobile home and moved out to the farm in Vidir. We had our own little family village and spent many fun times together. We never had to have a family reunion because we had one every weekend! Dagmar loved to bake and there was often a new treat to taste with our coffee. In 1969 Dagmar and Bing started to spend their winters in Phoenix, Arizona where they met and made many very good friends. Bing passed away on December 2, 1988. Dagmar continued to live on the farm until she moved to the Arborg Personal Care Home in January 2003. Dagmar devoted herself to helping others. She always found time for family and friends and showed a genuine interest in everyone - young and old. She made each of us feel special. The family would like to thank the staff at the Arborg Personal Care Home for the wonderful care given to Dagmar over the past years. At Dagmar's request, there will not be a funeral service, she will be laid to rest at the Vidir Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arborg Personal Care Home or a charity of one's choice. Arborg (MacKenzie) Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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