Esther Lillian Ugstad, 93, died Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013Published 4:01am Monday, December 30, 2013 Updated 6:04am Monday, December 30, 2013
She was born on Easter Sunday, April 4, 1920, in Aastad Township in rural Fergus Falls, to Hans and Hilda (Ongstad) Bergerud. Being born on Easter Sunday, her family named her after the Easter Lilly. Her 90th birthday in 2010, marked only the fourth time her birthday was celebrated on Easter Sunday during her lifetime.
Esther was baptized and confirmed at Aastad Lutheran Church.
Growing up on a farm, she attended a rural country school through eighth grade. To continue her education,
she lived with a doctor’s family in Fergus Falls serving as live-in help while attending high school. She graduated in 1938, and was then employed at the Scott Store in downtown Fergus Falls.
On March 7, 1943, she married Orville Ugstad and together they farmed near Dalton.
After a few years on the farm, they purchased and operated Ugstad’s Variety Store in Dalton.
Later, her husband started the Ugstad Plumbing & Heating Business in Dalton and Evansville with Esther managing the office and accounting side of the business.
They moved the business to Fergus Falls in the early 60s and changed their residence to Fergus Falls in 1968.
After retiring, she and her husband moved to Mesa, Ariz., where they made their home.
Esther was well known for her “readings” which she performed at community events, giving her last one in Mesa at the age of 80.
Painting, bible studies, church functions and family gatherings were of particular enjoyment to her. She was always actively involved in PTA and church activities, serving in various capacities on committees over the years.
She also enjoyed traveling. One of her favorite trips was when she and her husband went to Norway and visited specific areas their ancestors lived. Her love of genealogy led to authoring several books on the family history.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband of 50 years, Orville; a son, Martin (Marty); and siblings, Norma Swendsrud, Chester Bergerud, Ruth Bryant and Goodwin Bergerud.
Survivors include her children, Claudia (Dale) Trosvig, Linda (Gene) Steinbach and John (Marcy) Ugstad, all of Fergus Falls; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Visitation: Monday from 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service at PioneerCare Chapel
Service: 1 p.m. Tuesday, at PioneerCare Chapel, Fergus Falls
Clergy: Chaplain Harry Olson
Burial: South Friborg Cemetery, rural Carlisle
Funeral Home: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls