Grace Louise Erickson

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Grace Louise Erickson, 88, of Farmersburg, died Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Elkader Care Center, Elkader. 


Grace Louise was born Dec. 31, 1929, near Rossville, to Sankey George and Minnie (Haman) Van Gorder. She was educated at Jefferson No. 8 Country School in Allamakee County and Waukon Public School. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Methodist Church in Waukon.


Grace was united in marriage with Albert Berdine Erickson Jr. on Aug. 12, 1944, by Rev. Paul Kitterer at the Peace United Church Parsonage in Elkader. To this union two children were born. She was a member of the Giard Methodist Church and United Methodist Women for over fifty years. Grace volunteered at the Farmersburg Meal Site and belonged to several card clubs and was very active in church activities.


Grace is survived by her son, Albert “Lee” (Barbara) Erickson, of Farmersburg; daughter, Carol Keenan (Duane Foltz), of Lansing; three grandchildren, Tim (Debbie) Lange, of New Albin, Julie (Dan) Albertson, of New Albin, and John (Dyonda) Erickson, of Calmar; granddaughter-in-law, Joy Lange, of Lansing; sister, Ida Mae Schultz of Garnavillo; brother, Robert (Geneva) Van Gorder, of Evansdale; sisters-in-law, Norma Erickson, of Farmersburg, Viola Erickson, of Elkader; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren, Ray Rose, Scott (Sophie) Rose, Joseph Rose, Robin Moore, Kimberly Shepherd, Tracey (Will) Everman; and several step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren.


Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Albert on Dec. 10, 1996; her parents, Sankey and Minnie Van Gorder; granddaughter, Denise Lange; grandson, Larry Lange; two sons-in-law, Ray Taylor and Albert Keenan; two brothers, Milton Van Gorder and Leslie Van Gorder; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.


Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 am on Friday, March 2, at Living Faith United Methodist Parish, Monona, with Rev. Deb Parkison as the Officiant. There will be a one-hour visitation before services at the church on Friday. Burial will be at 2 p.m., on Friday, March 2, at Giard Cemetery. Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, is helping the family with arrangements.


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