Corinne Dahl, age 89, of Grand Forks, ND passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021, at First Care Hospital in Park River, ND.
Corinne Skarperud was born August 3, 1932, in Mayville, ND to Clarence and Alison (Eide) Skarperud. She married Earl Dahl and together they raised their three children in Grand Forks, ND. Corinne was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, and her brother, Gordan Skarperud.
She is survived by her children, Cheryl Dahl of Loveland, CO, Steve Dahl (Eileen Piersa) of Littleton, CO and Pam (Terry) Knudson of Grand Forks, ND; her brother, Richard (Pat) Skarperud of Bismarck, ND and her sister, Solveig Muth of Ojai, CA; grandchildren, Alison (Bobby) Perez, Aundrea Dahl (Quinton Graves), Andrew (Theresa) Knudson, Elliot Dahl, and seven great-grandchildren.
Corinne was an avid reader and loved playing word games. She would plow through a good novel in a day or two and be always looking for the next great mystery to consume. She was exceptional at the traditional Scrabble board and many of her opponents were quite surprised at how many unusual words she could come up with without consulting the dictionary! In recent years she became a global phenomenon when she fired up her iPad and began playing the online game, “Words With Friends” with her sister in California.
Corinne always had a good sense of humor and took a lot of ribbing for her love of “butter.” She told us that she learned how to churn butter by hand after milking the cows on the farm. That’s when her butter addiction began and from which she proudly – never recovered. Her kids would often joke that she would put butter on everything. “She’d put butter on her butter if she could!”
She and her husband Earl, spent many summer weekends camping and fishing at Pine Lake, Minnesota with their kids and long-time friends Don and Tootse Sidie and their children. Eventually, the Dahls went from homemade pop-up trailer camping to a nice cabin just down the road from the Sportsman’s Lodge at Pine Lake near Gonvick. For many years, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren met over weekends and vacations at this family gathering point.
Corinne loved her garden around the lake cabin and was especially proud of her favorite plant, hostas. She also loved swatting mosquitoes by the fire pit in the backyard with family and friends on warm summer nights. In recent years her competitive nature grew as the well-known Pine Lake 4th of July Golf Cart Parade became a big thing. Her golf cart won first place one year and placed near the top in others.
She loved to leave the North Dakota chill behind her in recent years with a trip to sunny California to see her sister Solveig Muth in Ojai. They would usually spend a couple of months together lounging in the warm sun, trying to beat the slot machines at the local casino, and of course, mastering their online Scrabble skills with questionable opponents around the world. During those California get-togethers, they would often sit down at the piano and pound out a few duets for family gatherings. Corinne never had any formal music training but seemed to be able to pick out the chords to any classic song and play and sing enough to bring smiles and laughs to the whole gathering.
She enjoyed memorable trips to Norway with her brother, Gordon, and sister, Solveig as well as a trip with her husband, Earl to Gordon’s home in Australia.
Memorial Service: 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 25, 2021, in the Historic Norman Funeral Home Chapel in Grand Forks.
Family Greeting: One hour prior to the service in the funeral home on Monday.