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Iver Winston Soderberg

July 29, 1927 — December 2, 2020

Caribou – Iver Winston Soderberg, 93, died December 2, 2020 at Caribou after a brief illness. He was born in Woodland, July 29, 1927, the son of the late Carl Adolph and Elsie (Nordstedt) Soderberg. Iver graduated from Caribou High School in 1945 and served in the United States Army as Technician 4th Grade 61st Field Artillery Battalion from 1945 – 1946, For 10 months while stationed in Japan he performed duties as Motor Sergeant, responsible for driver and equipment maintenance and inspection. Following WWII, he traveled across the country with his best friend Linwood Norton. On March 5, 1958 he married the love of his life, Monica Ulla Maria Ehrland of Stockholm, Sweden, who was the founder of Monica’s Scandinavian Gift Shop in Caribou. Known widely as just “Iver” he was a potato farmer, businessman, and entrepreneur, even from the days of his youth. He had an uncanny ability to figure things out and was a clever and unrelenting problem solver. He founded Soderberg Construction Company of Caribou which he operated on Sincock Street since the early 1970’s. His favorite place to be was on his land at Soderberg Farms. Iver was a member of Caribou Lodge #170 A.F.+A.M. and was also a member of the New Sweden Covenant Church. He was proud to volunteer his services when needed including long ago, operating the ski lift and rope tow at Prestile Ski Hill. He was predeceased by his wife, Monica, his elder sister Sylvia Beal of Potomac, Maryland and a brother Carl Richard Soderberg, Caribou. He is survived by his 3 children and their spouses, Kirk Iver Soderberg of Standish, Karen Soderberg Hinchliffe and husband Roger of Portland, Carl John Soderberg and wife Lisa of Caribou, his younger sister Sonja Soderberg of Centerville, Ma., his beloved grandchildren, Emily Soderberg, Holly Hinchliffe, Anna Soderberg and Dana Iver Hinchliffe and Iver’s constant companion, his Golden Retriever, Moxie. Many people across the county will fondly remember Iver for his big heart, his generosity, his honesty, strength and good humor. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, graveside services and military honors will be held in the spring at the New Sweden Cemetery, with date and time to be announced by Mockler Funeral Home, Caribou. Friends who wish to contribute in Iver’s memory may do so through the New Sweden Historical Society, P.O.Box 33, New Sweden, Maine 04762 or the Central Aroostook Humane Society, 24 Cross Street, Presque Isle, Maine 04769. Warm thanks from Iver’s family for remembering just how remarkable a man of community he was.
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