Maila Helina Esterberg
Maila Helina Esterberg, 86, Meadowlands, formerly of Toivola and Hibbing, died Monday, December 23, 2019 at Hummingbird Assisted Living in Meadowlands. She was born in Kalajoki, Finland to Kalle and Fanni (Lankila) Rahkola on January 24, 1933 and immigrated here in 1954. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary #3044 in Cotton, Ladies of Kalava #20 in Eveleth, Finns and Friends in Hibbing and Hope Lutheran Church in Toivola.
Maila is survived by her children; Diane (Jeff Lahti) Esterberg, Toivola, Dean Esterberg, Ham Lake, MN, and Mike Esterberg, Toivola, grandson; Brandon (Carrie Calder) Tracy, Lavell Twsp., great-grandson Christopher Tracy, her sister, Tuula (Bruce) Hill, Poplar Grove, IL, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Arnold Esterberg, and siblings; Martin Rahkola and Mirja Mattonen.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 am Saturday January 4, 2020 in the Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing with Pastor Tim Martenson officiating. Visitation will be for one hour before the service. Burial will be in the Toivola Cemetery at a later date. The family would like to extend a thank you to St. Croix Hospice of Hermantown and the staff/friends at Hummingbird Assisted Living in Meadowlands for the exceptional care they both provided for Maila.