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May 27, 1960-June 23, 2014

Michele Katherine (Dahl) Dinkel, 54, of Lake Park, passed away suddenly on Monday, June 23, 2014.

Michele was born to Kembel "Bud" and Mary Lou (McKee) Dahl on May 27, 1960 at St. Alexia Hospital in Bismarck, N.D. She attended kindergarten through third grade in Richland 44 Public Schools, grades 4-9 at Fairview Public Schools, freshman year at Wallhala Public School and sophomore year to graduation at Beach Public School, Beach, N.D.

While in junior high school, Michele was a standout competitive swimmer, setting records in the back and breast strokes in the state of Montana. As a high school athlete, Michele was an outstanding basketball player and first baseman in softball.

After high school, Michele attended the University of Mary as the first girl's basketball player in the state of North Dakota on a full ride athletic scholarship. She traveled and worked as a member of a geological seismographic team in many parts of the western United States, including an extended time in the "Four Corners."

Michele loved a challenge and variety in her work. She spent time as a bartender, cook, in retail clothes sales, as owner of a commercial bread route and most recently, in the Bakken Oil Field.

Michele married Mike Dinkel on May 24, 1986 in Beach, N.D. They resided in Kansas, where Michele and Mike worked together as over the road truck drivers. After the birth of her son, Michael Joseph, Michele worked picking up milk from dairies so that Michael Joseph could spend the day with his mom.

Later, Michael Joseph and Michele would move back to North Dakota. Ten days after the birth of her daughter, McKenna Kathrine, Michele was diagnosed with cancer. She then moved to Hitterdal to be near family and recover.

Michele and her family moved to Hope, N.D., and Pelican Rapids, where the children attended school. The family settled in Lake Park. In the fall of 2006, Michele and the children added a new member to the family, Dale Boyd.

Michele loved life. She raised her three children with strength, integrity, and courage everyday of her life. Michele will always be remembered as "Auntie Shell" by her nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. She was always the one to make you smile, laugh and hold your side with her great humor and sarcasm.

Michele loved recreational floatie time, in the pool or the lake. She found strength and rejuvenation in the water. There was never a stranger at Michele's table, just someone who would become a friend or family.

Michele will be missed and remembered by all those who even briefly knew her or loved her for a lifetime.

Surviving Michele are her children, Michael and fiance Andrea Swartz, Edmore, N.D., McKenna and boyfriend Matt Bittner of Grand Forks, N.D., Dale and Samantha Boyd, Lake Park; sisters, Kris (Keith) Mickelson of Hitterdal, Vicky (Terry) Cayko of Fairview, N.D., Sherry (Val) Hirst of Sheyenne, Wyo., and Janice ( Bruce) Freeburg of Grants Pass, Ore.; nieces and nephews, Kyle (Nancy) Mickelson, Foxhom, N.D., Jacquelyn (Chris) Free and Jessica (Ja-son) Cayko of Fairview, N.D., Kemberly Souter (goddaughter) of West Fargo, Brian Cox of Laramie, Wyo., and Sean Freeburg, Spangdahlen Air Base, Germany; great nieces and nephews, Carson and Gunnar Cayko, Bridger and Gacelynn Free all of Fairview, N.D., Mya Souter of West Fargo, Jayde Haugrose of West Fargo, Josh Haugrose and Chance Mickelson of Foxholm, N.D.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Bud and Mary Lou Dahl; infant son McHenry Dinkel; and special friend, Bob Olson.

A gathering of friends and family was held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at Wright Funeral Home, Hawley. An online guestbook and video tribute are at