Grace Erickson

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Grace Louise Erickson, 88, of Farmersburg, Iowa died Sunday, February 25, 2018 at the Elkader Care Center, Elkader, Iowa. Grace Louise was born December 31, 1929, near Rossville, Iowa, 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, Iowa.

Grace was united in marriage with Albert Berdine Erickson Jr. on August 12, 1944 by Rev. Paul Kitterer at the Peace United Church Parsonage in Elkader, Iowa. 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, belonged to several card clubs and was active in church activities.

Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Albert on December 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-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Grace is survived by her son, Albert “Lee” (Barbara) Erickson of Farmersburg, Iowa; daughter, Carol Keenan (Duane Foltz) of Lansing, Iowa; three grandchildren, Tim (Debbie) Lange of New Albin, Iowa, Julie (Dan) Albertson of New Albin, Iowa and John (Dyonda) Erickson of Calmar, Iowa; granddaughter-in-law, Joy Lange of Lansing, Iowa; sister, Ida Mae Schultz of Garnavillo, Iowa; brother, Robert (Geneva) Van Gorder of Evansdale, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Norma Erickson of Farmersburg, Iowa, Viola Erickson of Elkader, Iowa; 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.

Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018, at Living Faith United Methodist Parish, Monona, with Rev. Deb Parkison officiating. There was a one-hour visitation before services at the church on Friday. Burial was at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Giard Cemetery. Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, assisted the family.

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