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Esther Underberg, 87


Esther Adell Underberg, the daughter of the late Edwin and Olive (Oaks) Lilja, was born on April 4, 1929, at Grygla, MN. As a child, she moved with her family to the Caribou community east of Lancaster, MN, where she attended school and grew to womanhood. She moved to Lancaster as a young girl so she could work for her room and board while attending high school there. Esther was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. After her schooling, she worked as a waitress at Greenbush, Kennedy and Roseau. On June 10, 1949, Esther was united in marriage to Milton Underberg at Zion Lutheran Church near Karlstad. The couple lived on the Underberg farm in Arveson Township until moving into Karlstad in 1956. They spent winters in town and summers on the farm until 1960 when they purchased the present Underberg home in Karlstad where Esther has resided for the past 56 years. Milton passed away March 20, 1993. Esther was employed at the former Engen Drug Store for several years. She was a long-time member of First Lutheran Church of Karlstad and of WELCA, serving as President for several years. She was a member of the Karlstad American Legion Auxiliary and of the Karlstad Senior Citizens Group for many years, serving as President. She has resided at the Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls since November, 2016, and passed away unexpectedly there on Wed. morning, March 8, 2017, at the age of 87 years, 11 months and 4 days. She is survived by her children: Jim (Sherry) of Sioux Falls, SD; Joy (Phil) Underberg of Karlstad; and Jay (Jennifer), of Pembina, ND; five grandchildren: Lee (Jennifer) Underberg, Jon (Melissa) Underberg, Teri (Eddie) Filmyer, Jessica Awes, and Johanna Martin-Underberg; five great-grandchildren: Kylan, Lyndon, Bree, Judd, and Eddie V; one sister: Lettie (LeRoy) Larter, of Lancaster, MN; one brother: Ron (Rita) Lilja, of Mendota, IL; four sisters-in-law: Gladys Lilja, Charlene Lilja, Melbelyne Underberg and Mayme Underberg; one brother-in-law: Alfred (Sandy) Underberg; in addition to several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Esther was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers: Larry and Ted; and one sister: Marge. Services were held Monday, March 13, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Karlstad. Pastor Mark Helgeland was officiant, Eric Finney was soloist and song leader, and Michael Wade was greeter. Honorary Bearers were Esther’s fellow members of the Karlstad Senior Citizens Group. Interment at Karlstad Cemetery in Karlstad, Minnesota. Arrangements with Collins Funeral Homes. An on-line guest book is available at

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