Mary Dahl, First President of Pipeline Packaging, Passes Away

Glenwillow, OH – February 13, 2016

portrait-maryOn February 12, 2016 the world lost a most amazing woman to a courageous journey through cancer. A niece summarized what so many have said about Mary, “You taught me how to love life, work hard, laugh often and enjoy a good bottle of wine.”

Born June 8, 1959 to Alice and the late George Seidenstricker in Wisconsin Rapids, Mary Claire Seidenstricker was the fifth of seven children growing up years in Port Washington, WI. Mary earned her degree in business at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where she met the love of her life, Dan Dahl, while singing in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus. They married in May 1987 and remained best friends and loving partners throughout their life together, sharing a love of family, music, theater, entertaining, Bischon Frises and Miniature Schnauzers.

Mary and Dan moved to Akron when Dan was hired as Executive Director at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall in 1991. She joined Cleveland Steel Container in 1992, beginning a stellar career which included building the company now known as Pipeline Packaging (becoming president in 2005) from a small local distributor to a nationally recognized distribution leader with 11 locations nationwide. Earning recognition for her business acumen, she served for 12 years on the board of the National Association of Container Distributors [NACD]. At the pinnacle of her career in April 2015, Mary retired from Pipeline Packaging in order to spend full time fighting the cancer that had affected her life for six years.

Mary was a charismatic, fiery, effervescent person whose ever-present smile drew people to her.  She and Dan spent as much time as possible with their extended family and friends, traveling around the country –often to Wisconsin for family gatherings.

Mary is survived by her beloved husband, Dan; her mother and siblings, Anne (Jim Slocum) Tremel; Susan (Steve) Dow; Peter (Anne); Paul (Gerri), Martha (Kevin) Reince; and Sarah (Rick) Heins; mother-in-law, Gloria Dahl; sisters-in-law Kathy (Al) Strayer; Linda (Larry) Phillips and 18 loving nieces and nephews. She also leaves the Cleveland Steel Container/Pipeline Packaging family, her Pipeline Team, whom she credited with the company’s success saying, “If they succeed, we also succeed!”

During Mary’s treatment the Summa Cooper Cancer Center became the Dahl’s second home. In lieu of flowers and in recognition of Dr. Joseph Koenig and the caring staff, please consider a contribution to the Summa Cooper Cancer Center, 525 East Market St., Akron OH 44304.

We invite you to join family and friends for a celebration of Mary’s life and Mary and Dan’s last party at Firestone Country Club, 452 Warner Rd, Akron, on Saturday, March 5, from 3 to 7 PM, with a brief celebration program at 4:00.

Pipeline Packaging (, a subsidiary of Cleveland Steel Container Corporation, is the largest US distributor of industrial rigid packaging and an upcoming resource in the consumer packaging market. Founded in 1988, Pipeline has grown to 13 sales offices and over $100MM in sales. Its success is attributed to a dedicated, people-centric vision that unites the best industry talent and respected manufacturers with a commitment to always consider “CUSTOMERS FIRST.”

Pipeline Offices: Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Dallas, TX; Des Moines, IA; Detroit, MI; Houston, TX; Kansas City, KS; Nashville, TN; Oyster Creek, TX