Obituary: Olivia Martin Dahl

Olivia Martin Dahl, 16, of Sister Bay, Wisconsin, died on September 18, 2016, from injuries sustained in a small airplane crash in Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, Wisconsin.

Olivia DahlOlivia was born December, 9, 1999, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. She was a lifelong resident of Liberty Grove Township, and the fifth generation to live in the family’s ancestral home. She was a senior at Gibraltar High School in Fish Creek, where she played the bassoon in the school band, jazz band and pep band, served on the student advisory committee with fellow students and Gibraltar staff, and participated in Great Books, Math Team, and Ecology Team. She was a College Board Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors, and with Distinction. Olivia worked part-time at the Door County Ice Cream Factory serving up ice cream treats and sandwiches. She had many interests, including photography and drawing, and enjoyed exploring the hidden wonders of Door County with her best and closest friends.

At the time of her death, Olivia was returning from a flight lesson held at Green Bay Austin-Straubel International Airport, and was being flown home by an experienced volunteer pilot and member of The Friends of Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport, Ralph Keller, who also perished in the accident. Olivia was the first recipient of a flight school scholarship provided by the Friends group, and was very close to performing her first solo flight. Her intention was to attend college at a school with an aviation program, and to perhaps become a charter or corporate pilot.

She is survived by her mother and father, Jennifer and Collin Dahl, Sister Bay; her paternal grandfather, Rev. Delmar Dahl, Sister Bay; her maternal grandmother, Diane Baldyga, Egg Harbor (formerly of Lemont, IL); aunt and uncle, Darla and Rev. Cory Dahl of Sturgeon Bay; aunt and uncle, Vicki and Rev. Craig Dahl of Alexandria, MN; aunt and uncle, Carla Dahl and Tom Papesh of White Bear Township, MN; uncle David Baldyga of Lewiston, PA, and numerous cousins, including Katie Dahl and Rich Higdon of Baileys Harbor, and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Edward Baldyga, and her paternal grandmother, Barbara Dahl.

Arrangements are being made for a celebration of Olivia’s life in the near future. Details will be forthcoming and will be available on Casperson Funeral Home’s website,

The family has chosen two organizations to support in memory of Olivia, as they had a tremendous influence on shaping the person she came to be:

The Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY), Teacher Education Building, Suite 264, 225 N. Mills St., Madison, WI 53706. Olivia attended summer academic camp at WCATY many times, and experienced life on the UW Madison campus while studying a variety of college-level subjects over the years.

The Friends of Ephraim-Gibraltar Scholarship Program, PO Box 61, Fish Creek, WI 54212. The family would like for other young people interested in learning to fly to be able to pursue their dreams of becoming a pilot.

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