Mary Youngdahl

Mary M. Youngdahl

Mary M. Youngdahl, 96, of Galesburg, died April 25, 2004, at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Salem Lutheran Church, Moline. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. today at Esterdahl Mortuary, 6601-38th Ave., Moline. Burial will be in Rose Lawn Memorial Estate, Moline. Memorials may be made to the Mary Youngdahl Scholarship Fund at Salem Lutheran Church, Moline.

Mary was born Jan. 27, 1908, in rural Nebraska, the daughter of Hans and Johanna Jorgensen Caspersen. She married Earl E. Youngdahl on Aug. 12, 1936, in Marquette, Mich. He preceded her in death on Feb. 23, 1964.

Mary was schooled in Boelus, Neb., and attended Dana College in Blair, Neb. She graduated summa cum laude from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., in 1930.

Mary taught school in Sisseton, S.D., before teaching in Moline at Ericson Elementary School, John Deere Junior High School and Moline High School where she was adviser to the Line 'O Type. The Share Joys Christmas fundraiser was begun under her leadership. She retired in 1974.

She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, Moline, and a longtime volunteer at the former Lutheran Hospital. In later years, she enjoyed writing letters, knitting and working jigsaw puzzles.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Quentin Brown, Galesburg; sister, Nora Elgard, Midwest City, Okla.; sister-in-law, Arlene Caspersen, Grand Island, Neb.; 15 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers and three sisters.


Obituary from QC Online