Dahms, Imogene Ann - age 79, died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, May 29, 2003 at her residence in Grand Blanc, MI.

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Dahms, Imogene Ann - age 79, died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, May 29, 2003 at her residence in Grand Blanc, MI. A gathering of friends and family will begin on June 3, at 10AM at Hill Funeral Home [map], Grand Blanc, with Memorial Service following at 11AM, Rev. Roger Colby officiating.

Imogene was born March 29, 1924 to Oscar and Beatrice Ristau in Milwaukee, WI. She graduated from Riverside High School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University, with a major in Journalism and a minor in Philosophy. Imogene married Edward Ralph Dahms on October 23, 1948 in Wauwatosa, WI, where they lived and began their family. In 1969, they relocated to Grand Blanc, MI, where Imogene lived up until her death.

Imogene's career included Advertising management at retail stores T.A. Chapman Co., Klode Furniture Co., Kunzelman Esser, Smith-Bridgman's and The Fair. Imogene had been an active member of the American Association of University Women and ZONTA International, and found enriching volunteer work with the Flint Sparks and as a tutor with the Grand Blanc schools. She was an avid bridge player, enjoyed the symphony and the arts, traveled extensively, and was an active member of The Granda Club and the Grand Blanc Senior Center. She will be remembered as outgoing, personable, and a close confidant to those who knew her.

Imogene leaves to cherish her memory: daughter Daphne (Deborah) Dahms of Albuquerque, NM; son Guy E. Dahms of Albuquerque, NM; daughter Maribea M. (Tim) Berry of Palo Alto, CA and grandchildren Elizabeth and Katherine Berry; sister Miriam R. (William) Moller of Milwaukee, WI; and her beloved cat Tiger. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Memorial donations may be made to the Genesee County Humane Society or the charity of one's choice.

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I'll always remember the good times we had with Imogene when she came to visit us in Palo Alto; when we went on family reunion vacations together; and all the other wonderful visits to Grand Blanc. I'll always keep these memories of her warm in my heart. - Tim Berry (husband of Maribea)

Maribea, I was so sorry to hear about your mother. I have many fond memories of playing at your house in Bella Vista. I remember your mom working at The Fair Store. Please keep in touch. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Julie

I have known Imogene for the last three years through playing bridge with her at the Senior Center in Grand Blanc. She was such a lovely lady and I looked up to her. Imogene will be sadly missed and I cherish my happy memories of her. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Love, Rosemary

Maribea, I was saddened to hear of your mother's passing. She certainly was a fan of yours, and your musical endeavors. While at Grand Blanc UMC, your mom was always encouraging of my work with the handbell choirs. May the memories you share of your mother be a source of inspiration and comfort to you and your family. Take care.

This comes as such a shock since Imogene never complained and was always so up beat. We had such wonderful times in Milwaukee and always joked about her stuffed pumpkin blossoms.. I forgot the directions for her prime beef which was so delicious. We also did fun things in Michigan and a tree still grows that I bought on one of our outings.. Since I moved to Cleveland we resorted to computer correspondence and jokes.. To Daphne, Guy and Maribea and Miriam and all the family my deepest sympathy. She will be missed. I feel your pain.. Marianna Wood, Cleveland, Ohio

Tim & Maribea and family:

We are so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. Prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Pat & Tammi Berry and Family

What good memories we have of Imogene, Ed, Deborah, Guy and Maribea and how saddend Kurt, Jane, Walt and I were to hear of the news of Imogene's sudden passing. You all were special as our neighbors and friends when you lived in Wauwatosa and I kept in touch with Imogene through the years. Our last conversation was during this past Christmas season. She was always a joy to be with or to talk to. So full of life. Our deepest sympathy to all of you.
Pat and Walter Hanson

So sorry to hear of Imogene's passing away. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to her family. Ed Dahms was my cousin. We never were in close touch with Ed and Imogene since they moved to Michigan, but Imogene and I always extended Xmas greetings and brought each other up to date about our family activities of the past year. Knowing of Imogene's extensive travels anad visits with her family I always assumed she was in excellent health. Again, my condolences to her extended family.

One of the highlights of growing up in Wauwatosa in the early '60s was the opportunity to occasionally interact with Guy's funny, smart, sarcastic (when appropriate), and, overall, totally-excellent mom. And to be an advertising professional -- on 85th Street, in that era, that was atypical and VERY impressive!

Condolances to Guy, Daphne, and Maribea. But what a great mom!

Maribea and family,

I'm sorry to hear about your mother. My grandmother was Josephine Zillig, sister of your grandmother Bea, who I remember quite vividly. I remember you guys coming to my parents house(Christian Zillig) for Christmas back in the early 1980's. My Aunt Gloria (Zillig, married to Quentin) told my about your mother's passing last week. I just wanted to touch base with you to tell you that I remember her as a fun, warm and friendly person. I hope all is well with you and your family. Take care, Molly Zillig


I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Your mother was such a sweet lady. I know that my mom always enjoyed chatting with her when they ran into each other. My memory of her is that she was always smiling. I enjoyed seeing your photos. You have a beautiful family.

You and your family are in my thoughts.

Karen Wright

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