Esther Bernice (Bea) Lundberg

RAPID RIVER – Esther Bernice (Bea) Lundberg, formerly of Rapid River, passed away at Christian Park Village on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

Bernice was born on April 16, 1923, in Rapid River, the daughter of Richard and Esther Caswell. Bea was raised in Rapid River and graduated from Rapid River High School in 1941. She attended Ypsilanti Business College and graduated from there in 1942.

On March 24, 1946, Bernice was united in marriage to Floyd Lundberg. Together, Bea and Floyd made their home and raised their family in Chicago. Her loving husband, Floyd, preceded her in death in 1968, and she returned to the Upper Peninsula in 1970.

She was an aide in the Gladstone Pre-school Program for two years and she retired from State Farm Insurance after working there for 15 years.

Bea enjoyed cooking, baking, and entertaining family and friends. She was a member of the Rapid River Congregational Church and her faith was her courage.

Survivors include: two daughters, Chris (Larry) Lundin of Rapid River and Ruth (Dan) West of Bowling Green, Ky.; four grandsons, Eric (Paula) Lundin, Kelly (Christine) West, Perry West, and Richard West; five great-grandchildren, Megan and Abigail Lundin, PJ and Kara West, and Jackson West; special nieces, Joanne (Wayne) Christoff of Rapid River and Sally Rouvari of Appleton, Wis.; and nephew, John (Mary Ann) Caswell of Escanaba. She is also survived by many great nieces, nephews, and special friend, Linda Hage.

Bea was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Esther Caswell; sister, Lavina Moore; brother, Glen Caswell; niece, Karen Sue Moss; and nephew, Douglas Moss.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of Bea Lundberg will be held at the Rapid River Congregational Church at 6 p.m. with Pastor Bill Rafuse officiating. A luncheon will be held at the Congregational Church following the service. Bernice will be laid to rest in the Rapid River Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Bea’s family respectfully requests memorials be directed to the Rapid River Congregational Church.

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