Doris Daskam, 97, mother of Spring Valley woman


Doris Daskam

Doris Daskam, 97, of Harmony, died on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, at the Gundersen Harmony Care Center in Harmony. 

She was born on Dec. 24, 1920, in rural Bluffton, Iowa, to John and Ruth (Sjobakken) Greenslade.

She married Gerald Daskam on June 1, 1941, on her parent’s farm near Cresco, Iowa.

She and her husband farmed all of their married life together. She loved working beside her husband, driving hayfork and raking hay. She had a flair for raising chickens and together they grew apple trees from which she made apple pies and sauce. They enjoyed square dancing and playing cards.

She was a longtime member of the State Line Methodist Church and when it closed she joined the United Methodist Church in Harmony. She always found time to create crocheted dolls and afghans. Each grandchild has received an afghan she made.

Recently she enjoyed her six years at Heritage Grove and then Clara House.

She is survived by four children, Geraldine Linville of Bloomington, Minn., Judith (Jerry) Vreeman of Spring Valley, JoAnn (Curtis) Ballman of Waterville, Minn., and Charles (Deborah) Daskam of Cresco, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and a sister, Lorraine Hanson of Independence, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald, grandson, Steven Daskam, a son-in-law, Cedric Linville and three brothers, Robert, LaVerne and Donald.

Funeral services for her were held on Friday, Sept 7, at the United Methodist Church in Harmony followed by burial in State Line Methodist Cemetery in rural Harmony. 

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