Ernest Youngdahl

Ernest H. "Ernie" Youngdahl Jr.

Friday July 21, 1922 - Sunday February 3, 2019
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Ernest H. Youngdahl, Jr., 96, passed away on February 3, 2019, at the UMass Medical Center-University Campus, after a short period of declining health. He is survived by his devoted wife of 76 years, Helen L. (McNeil) Youngdahl; a son, Christopher Youngdahl of Hadashville, Manitoba, Canada; a daughter, Gretchen A. Youngdahl of Birmingham, AL and two grandchildren, Shea and Kaylee Youngdahl.

Ernie was born at Ft. Bragg, NC, the son to the late Ernest and Vivian (Passmore) Youngdahl. In June of 1942 Ernie and Helen married. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the U.S. Army, he was part of the initial wave on D-day landing on Omaha Beach and later fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After his honorable discharge Ernie and Helen moved to Leominster where he served as a volunteer fireman. He began his career as a computer field engineer with Unisys Corp where he worked for 41 years.

In 1959 he moved his wife and two children to Northborough. He was at one time water & sewer commissioner. He enjoyed coaching little league and Babe Ruth teams over the years, bowling, and was proud of his two “hole-in-one” games at Juniper Golf Course. He still enjoyed playing cribbage. He was a member of the Senior Harmonica Group and a longtime parishioner at St. Rose of Lima Parish where he served as Sr. Usher. He was a man of integrity and faith, and his love for Helen and his family was evident.

A time of visitation will be held on Saturday, February 9th, from 9-9:30am, at Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough. A funeral Mass will immediately follow at 10am at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 244 W. Main Street, Northborough. Ernie will be laid to rest, with military honors, in Howard Street Cemetery. Ernie’s family respectfully asks that all flowers and donations be omitted. For online condolences please visit
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  • Visitation

    Saturday February 9, 2019 | 9:00am - 9:30am
    Saturday February 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am
    Hays Funeral Home
    56 Main Street
    Northborough, MA 01532
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday February 9, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday February 9, 2019 10:00am
    St. Rose of Lima Parish
    244 W. Main St.
    Northborough, MA 01532
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Father James Houston
  • Interment

    Saturday February 9, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday February 9, 2019 11:00am
    Howard Street Cemetery
    Howard Street
    Northborough, Massachusetts 01532
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Burial will be with Military Honors.


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Brian Gleeson

Posted at 12:32am
Chris, Your Dad was a wonderful and kind man. Every interaction with him when we were kids was genuine. I'll never forget his managing our hapless Babe Ruth team at Memorial Field. He hung in there with us nonetheless, encouraging us and treating us all with respect. He had a quiet grace about him. Godspeed, Mr. Youngdahl.
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Jonathan Blanchard

Posted at 06:21am
Very sorry for your loss.

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