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Eileen Kay Estee

April 29, 2022 | 14 comments

Eileen Kay Estee, age 74, of Onalaska, passed away peacefully at home on April 27, 2022.

She was born on January 18, 1948, to Orville and Helen Loberg. She married David Estee on June 14, 1969, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo, North Dakota.

After completing high school, Eileen attended North Dakota State School of Science where she earned her LPN degree. She put that degree to work in North Dakota for several years at a local medical facility before moving to Onalaska with her husband in 1978. There, she opened her own in-home daycare and provided care for many families over the years. She loved to share stories of the children she took care of and how she cherished that career. Eileen eventually returned to nursing and worked at Gundersen Clinic as an LPN until her retirement. Her last career was driving for public transit where she enjoyed meeting people and sharing so many stories.

Eileen’s hobbies and interests included her love of music – especially seeing Tina Turner and Neil Diamond in concert – playing card games with family and friends, and spending time with her grandkids, helping take care of them and creating many memories. She loved to be on the river, boating, and fishing, going to movies, watching Mamma Mia, taking trips, reading a good book and driving around town with her dogs, Elmo, Keyla, and Max.

Eileen is survived by her three children, Brian (Tara) Estee of Apple Valley, MN, Jennifer (Jesse) Estee of Onalaska, WI, and Chris (Kim) Estee of Minneapolis, MN; her three grandchildren: Colin, Brenden, and Ireland; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and her dogs, Keyla and Elmo.

Preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, David, her father and mother, her three brothers, Bob, Roger, and Harold, sister-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, and many dear family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Humane Society are preferred.

 A private memorial service will be held at a later date.  A celebration of life for her husband, David Estee was scheduled for Thursday, May 5, but it will be rescheduled and announced at a later date.

We will miss mom but cherish so many memories of an incredible woman who shared love and laughter with so many. Please share a story and listen to a song by Tina Turner or Neil Diamond or watch Mamma Mia in her honor.



  1. Darcy Houser

    Eileen was an amazing woman who will be truly missed. My deepest condolences to her family.

  2. Lori Kennedy

    Chris, Jen and family. We are so sorry to hear of Eileen’s passing. So many memories of when you were young. Our sympathy and prayers.
    Lori and Bob Kennedy

    • Rebecca Nelson

      My sympathies to your family.

      • Asher

        Dear Brian, Tara and family, I’m sure this an incredibly difficult time for you with having lost two loved ones in such a short amount of time. The words above really show how much you loved her. I will be thinking of and praying for you all. And by the way, she had great taste- Neil Diamond and Mamma Mia!!

  3. Janet Bahr

    My sympathies to your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Karen Roehrich Waters

    My deepest sympathy to all of you! I started 1st grade with your mom but after the tornado we ended up at different schools. Much to both our surprise we both ended up in the nursing program at NDSSS in 1966/67! Hold tight to all your wonderful memories. They will see you through this heart ache.

  5. Trudy Kennedy

    So sorry for your losses. You have our sympathy. Tom and Trudy Kennedy

  6. Pat Olson

    Eileen’s Family…I am one of her Nursing classmates also.. good old NDSCS at that time we shared a dorm room with other classmates as well as, shenanigans always…we were always busy! She was the best Friend and most caring , kind person. It is so sad to hear she passed and your Father also.. please you are in my thought and Eileen in my heart.. love and sympathy to you all.

  7. Judith Mulroy

    What a remarkable woman, she was such a wonderful kid sitter for my children.
    My deepest sympathies.

  8. Kris Erickson

    I was so sorry to hear the loss of
    Of Eileen. She was of course a good friend of my sister Kathy.
    Our sympathy,
    Kris and jeff Erickson
    Springfield, Mo

  9. Liz (Betty Dahl) Merchant Fargo North Class of '66

    I moved from a small town in ND to Fargo, entering Ben Franklin not knowing anybody. I met Eileen in the first few days; we almost immediately became friends, and then BEST friends. Many adventures and conversations – lake time, pot luck….she always brought laughter and fun and love to the party!

  10. amber a

    i worked with and first met Eileen when we started at gundersen. she was always friendly and kind and goofy. she was welcoming and warm and honest and a bit fragile. A one of a kind lady i enjoyed very much and I will miss♥️♥️♥️♥️

  11. Bill and Kathy Brose

    Eileen was a great sitter for our kids when they were growing up. We will miss her sense of humor and laugh. Our sincere condolences to Brian, Chris, and Jen AND their families. She will be missed.

  12. Sheryl Smith

    Eileen will be missed by our Red Hat group, she always loved our various outings, “girls just wanna have fun” and we did. Our sympathy to her family, she is now united with the love of her life!


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