Former The Dalles resident Elisabeth Ione Dallmann passed away Jan. 19, 2015, peacefully at her home in Madras at the age of 94. She was born Dec. 13, 1920, in Grand Rapids, Minn., to Dr. George and Essie (Rogers) Gingerich, and grew up in Bovey, Minn., where her father was a chiropractor.
When she was 9, during the Great Depression, the Gingerich family moved to the more stable farming area of St. James, Minn. In high school she was an excellent student, participated in plays and speaking contests, and was the homecoming queen. Her summers were spent on the farms of her Amish relatives in Kalona, Iowa.
She graduated in 1939, and attended Mankato Teachers College in 1940. There she met fellow student James Ore, and they were married on Dec. 21, 1941, at the outbreak of World War II. Their daughter, Carol, was born in 1942. They moved to Iowa, where James taught and she attended summer school for six years to earn a teaching certificate.
James passed away, and on April 10, 1949, she married Harvey Dallmann, who had two sons, Ronnie and Ricky. Their daughter, Susan, was born in 1950. Elisabeth taught in Sleepy Eye, Minn., and three other communities.
In 1956, Elisabeth and her daughters moved to Hood River, where she taught second grade for 10 years. Coming from the flatlands of Minnesota, they were enthralled with the snow-capped mountains, Columbia River Gorge, and abundance of orchard fruit and berries.
She finished her elementary education degree in 1961, graduating with honors from Eastern Oregon College. She taught in Eugene, Hood River, Rufus and Portland, and worked two years as a child welfare caseworker in The Dalles. In the summers, she enjoyed traveling and hiking.
In retirement, she explored new interests including, working as a restaurant hostess, waitress, florist, store clerk, and pie baker. Settling in Salem, she spent the next 39 years going on excursions with the Geology Club, Brightsiders Club, and enjoyed the Salem Library, and daily walks to Bush Park. She loved to pick berries and peaches, write letters, stargaze, square dance, and be at family gatherings. She was a member of Riverside Church in Hood River and Unity Church in Salem.
In 2009, Elisabeth moved to Madras to be near her younger daughter and enjoy the sunny, dry weather and mountain views.
Survivors include her daughters, Carol Johnson of Salem, and Susan Matheny (and spouse Ron) of Madras; stepson, Rick Dallman (Judy) of Minnesota; brother, Dr. Ralph Gingerich (Dee) of Salem; sisters, Elaine Torkelson of Minnesota, and Alice Marie McCrum of North Carolina; grandchildren, Anthony Johnson (Kitta) of Portland, Lisa Leonard (Jon) of Ellensburg, Wash., and Marty Matheny (Ariana Denney) of Portland; great-grandchildren, Ember, Nia and Trinity Leonard, all of Ellensburg, Wash.; and numerous cherished nieces, nephews and longtime friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and both husbands; brother, Kenneth Gingerich; stepson, Ron Dallman; and grandson, Todd Johnson.
A graveside service was held Jan. 23, in Madras. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., April 18, at Unity Church, 1777 Fabry Road S.E., in Salem.
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