Lilamae (Nasby) Dahn Iverson passed away at home in Kasson, Minn., on Feb. 20, 2019.
Lilamae was born Aug. 6, 1922, to Clarence and Georgia Nasby. She graduated from St. James High School, where she had been an accompanist for the choir and an outstanding baritone player. At the age of 15, she entered a St. Paul radio contest and played the “Carnival of Venice,” one of the most difficult baritone solos ever to be written. Her instructor, F.J. Kolar, stated that her ability at such a young age, was equal to that of a professional. She attended Luther and St. Olaf colleges and continued playing the baritone in both colleges’ concert bands (for directors Carlo A. Sperati at Luther, and F. Melius Christiansen at St. Olaf). She transferred to Minneapolis School of Business for secretarial training, and after graduating, secured her first secretarial position as secretary to the director of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It was there, she developed her love of paintings and sculpture.
Lilamae went on to become a secretary for the Wesley Foundation First Methodist Church in Minneapolis, where she already held the position of church soloist. At that time, she began organ lessons and added organist to her musical accomplishments, including playing the pipe organ for various services and events.
She married Aldrich Iverson on Dec. 13, 1942. After her work day was done, she continued her study of piano and voice while he was serving in the Army Infantry during WWII. In 1948, they moved to West Concord. She taught piano, voice, and organ lessons and was an organist, Sunday school superintendent, and a founding member for the Trinity Lutheran Church in West Concord.
Lilamae and Aldrich moved to their home in “the valley” near Berne, in 1965, where she delighted in observing and learning about nature and enjoyed the peace and tranquility that surrounded her there.
After Aldrich died, she moved to Arizona in 1984. She became the accompanist for the Sunbird Choir in Chandler. At the age of 70, she began golfing, ballroom dancing and oil painting lovely landscapes on canvas. She returned to live in Kasson in 2000. She enjoyed reading mysteries, doing crossword puzzles and visiting with her family. Her family will miss her beautiful smile, sparkling personality and amazing zest for life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her daughter, Nancy.
She is survived by her daughters, Susan (Glen) Papenfuss of Kasson, and Dahni (Jim) Lermon of Berne; two granddaughters, Jackie (Fabio) Morescalchi of Minneapolis, and Dena (Christian) Cornelius; and two great-grandsons, Bryce and Asher Cornelius of Phoenix; a brother, David (Doris) Nasby of Rochester; a brother-in-law, Burton (Shirley) of Pittsville, Wis.; and five nieces and nephews.