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Florence Elizabeth Dahl-Bigaouette

September 8, 1923 ~ July 2, 2019 (age 95)

Florence Dahl-Bigaouette, age 95 of Arlington, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arlington, with Fr. Brian Lynch officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass at church on Saturday.  Interment will be in the Arlington Public Cemetery.

Florence was born on September 8, 1923 to Anthony and Catherine (Gruich) Artman in Allegheny County, PA.  She grew up in Pennsylvania where she graduated from high school, and received additional education for teaching.  She then taught at Miss Conley’s Business School. 

She married Vernie Dahl on October 28, 1944.   They moved to Minnesota where Vernie was able to complete Veterinary School at the University of MN.  After Vernie’s schooling they made their way to Arlington, and lived there for a little while.  From there they traveled across the country living in several different places.  Vernie died in 1978, and after his death Florence decided to move back to Arlington.    She later married Francis Bigaouette, Sr. on August 26, 1994 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Arlington. 

She was involved in her community, and was a member of various organizations some of which included; the Legion Auxiliary and the Arlington Garden Club.  For 40 years she was a faithful volunteer to the American Red Cross blood services.   

Florence is survived by her son, Robert Dahl; grandchildren, Jeffrey Dahl and Suzanne (John) Benedict; great-grandchildren, Jack and Holly Benedict; step-children, Dennis Bigaouette, Betty Pederson, Mary Johnson, Sharon (Gary) Lauwagie, Francis (Wendy) Bigaouette, Jr., and Theresa (Joe) Young; and other relatives and friends. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; and husbands, Dr. Vernie Dahl in 1978, and Francis Bigaouette, Sr. in 2018.


Florence’s family would like to acknowledge and thank Oak Terrace staff and St. Croix Hospice

for all of their help, love, and support through this difficult time. 

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