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Phyllis Underdahl, 88

Aug 14, 2020

Phyllis Underdahl

Ironton/Frost Phyllis (Hauan) Underdahl, age 88, of Ironton, passed away at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby on July 10, 2020. She was born on Aug. 29, 1931 in northern Iowa to Alfred and Ada (Seim) Hauan. She married Paul Underdahl on May 28, 1954 in Crystal Lake, Iowa.

She attended Luther College and she received her teaching certificate from Waldorf College. She began teaching in a one room schoolhouse in Ellington Township, Hancock County, Iowa where she taught elementary school. She also taught in Woden, Cylinder and Rake, Iowa. In Minnesota she taught at Bricelyn and Frost Elementary. She returned to school at Mankato State College where she graduated with honors in 1970 and began teaching at Montgomery-Lonsdale where she was Teacher of the Year in 1976-77. She was a member of Sweet Adelines of Rice County. She first played keyboards for her church in Crystal Lake, Iowa as a teenager and recently did the same for seven years at Bethlehem Lutheran Church near Aitkin. She gave piano lessons and ran Grapes of Wrath, an antique and book store, with her son in Ironton.

Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, Paul in 2000; brother, Russell Hauan in 2010 and her sister, Arlis Kipfer of Puyallup, Washington, who passed away just 10 days later in July 2020.

Phyllis is survived by and will be greatly missed by her daughter, Myra (Rick) Nelson of Brainerd; grandson, Brian (Jennifer); great-grandson, Andrew Nelson of Sartell; grandson, Scott Nelson of Big Lake; her son, Leif Underdahl of Ironton; sisters-in-law, Beverly Norman and Helen Underdahl, both of Fairmont; sister-in-law, Ramona Hauan, of Mason City, Iowa, and many former students, friends and relatives and by her beloved cats.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m., Aug 22, in the old school in Frost, MN.