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Gudelia "Dilly" Todahl

September 29, 1941 March 3, 2021
Gudelia "Dilly" Todahl
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Obituary for Gudelia "Dilly" Todahl

Gudelia (“Dilly”) Hernandez Todahl died March 3, 2021. Dilly is survived by her daughter, Deonna Cruz (Gilbert), daughter in law Pamela Todahl and grandchildren Alexander Cruz, Jonathan Cruz, Matthew Cruz, Brittney (Jason) Cronkright, Jacob Todahl, and Tyler Todahl (fiancée Shaleen Pierce). Dilly was also a great grandmother to Colton Cronkright and Adalynn Cronkright. Dilly was the eldest sister to Juanita (Jim) Woodis, Luz Celenia (“Lucy”) Hernandez, Clodomiro (“Jr.”) Hernandez Jr., Abraham Hernandez, Perseveranda (“Pat”) Foster (spouse is Dave), all of Minnesota. Dilly was a favorite Aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Dilly is preceded in death by her husband Roger Dale Todahl, son Jeffrey Scott Todahl, father Clodomiro Figueroa Hernandez, mother Providencia San Inocencio Velez, sister in law Sharon Hernandez, brother in law Donald Norman, sister in law Valera (“Tub”) Norman, brother in law Lloyd Todahl, sister in law Eleanor Todahl, father in law Arnold Todahl, and mother in law Viola Todahl.

Dilly was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 29, 1941. At the age of 9, her family moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where her father worked at the Rock Island railroad. Dilly wed Roger in 1960 as he was attending college to complete his teaching certification. In 1965 Dilly located a newspaper advertisement indicating Michigan had a shortage of teachers: you were required to be working toward your certification to be eligible for employment. They moved to Columbiaville, Michigan in 1965 with the intention of moving back to Minnesota: this never occurred, and they stayed in Columbiaville raising their family until Roger’s death in 2002.

Dilly was an Avon Lady in Columbiaville for 30 years, in a time when you walked door to door ringing doorbells with a satchel filled with samples and demos. Dilly was shy but enjoyed this interaction, bringing Deonna with her throughout the years.

Dilly also received her real estate license in the 1980’s selling real estate and later worked at Lyon’s and Smith (a retail store) in Lapeer, Michigan. Dilly’s first love was her family and was a doting wife, mother and grandmother. Once grandchildren arrived Dilly’s focus became closer to home, and she was involved with her grandchildren as much as possible. The older grandchildren would attend the local carnival every summer while the younger ones would swim at the Lapeer Community Center. Grandma had a very watchful eye and never allowed anyone to stray far or get into unsuspecting danger. The younger grandchildren would frequently have sleep over’s at grandma’s house, where she would make cookies nearly every day.

Dilly loved to cook and bake, and was extremely adept at sewing, crocheting, knitting and embroidery. She enjoyed making quilts for her children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews and the children of nieces and nephews.

Dilly was an extremely kind and gentle soul, who loved to give and receive hugs. Dilly’s warm and giving heart will be sorely missed by all.

A memorial celebration will take place in Minnesota once COVID restrictions are lifted. Interment will take place at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan next to her husband Roger, and son Jeff.

She will forever be in our hearts.

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