JoAnn Underdahl, 1931-2019

Published 1:00 am Thursday, September 26, 2019

A celebration of life for JoAnn Underdahl will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Don Malinsky will officiate. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Albert Lea. Visitation will start at 10 a.m. at the funeral home Friday. Online condolences can be left at

JoAnn Underdahl

JoAnn S. Underdahl, 87, of Albert Lea passed away Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at St. John’s Lutheran Community on Fountain Lake.

JoAnn was born Oct. 10, 1931, to Conrad and Hazel (Helgeson) Halverson. She grew up in Taopi and graduated from Adams High School. She married Virgil Underdahl on April 16, 1950. Virgil was in the Air Force, which meant they got to live in many different places. They lived in California when their daughter was born. After that, Virgil was stationed at Yokota Air Force Base near Tokyo. They lived in Burnsville for about 20 years.

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JoAnn worked for Universal Cooperative for 25 years. After retirement she volunteered at Fairview Ridges Hospital. After that they moved to Northfield.

JoAnn enjoyed reading, sewing, knitting and walking her dog, Jonny. She also had a love of horseback riding, going to Bible study and singing hymns. Most of all, she loved spending time with family and friends.

JoAnn is survived by her daughter, Debra Harpel (Frank Wilcox), of Albert Lea; grandson, David Fynbo (Tina Miller), of Albert Lea; great-grandchildren Hailey, Thomas, Ashlyn and Kami; sister, Linda McAndrews (Ted), of Dysart, Iowa; sister-in-law, LaRae Eastvold, of LeRoy; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil; infant daughter, Judi; sisters and brothers-in-law Connie Hendrickson (Dale) and Arlene Lane (Dean “Shady”); and special friend, Orv Paske.