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Obituary for Mary L. Erickson

Mary Erickson, Age 95, of Northfield died on January 20, 2018 at Three Links Care Center. Mary was born in Hallock to Tom and Effie Minchinton on August 10, 1922. They lived there for seven years before moving to Grand Forks, ND. She graduated from high school there and met her soon to be husband, Leif Erickson, in 1941 while there. She went on to complete training in nursing at Deaconess Hospital in Minneapolis before marrying Leif in 1943. They then moved to Brooklyn, NY where she worked at the Veteran’s Hospital while her husband was overseas. Eventually they moved […]

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Mary Erickson, Age 95, of Northfield died on January 20, 2018 at Three Links Care Center.

Mary was born in Hallock to Tom and Effie Minchinton on August 10, 1922. They lived there for seven years before moving to Grand Forks, ND. She graduated from high school there and met her soon to be husband, Leif Erickson, in 1941 while there. She went on to complete training in nursing at Deaconess Hospital in Minneapolis before marrying Leif in 1943. They then moved to Brooklyn, NY where she worked at the Veteran’s Hospital while her husband was overseas. Eventually they moved to New City, NY where Mary raised their 3 children and contributed much of her time to the community. She was incredibly involved with Evangelical Free Church there or the “Free Church,” as Mary called it. She also served as a volunteer on several committees, groups, and missions organization as well as the library.

After losing her husband in 2005, she decided that it was time to move after spending 64 years in the same house in New City. She claimed that she needed to move to Northfield to “live by Bruce (her son),” because she didn’t want to rake the leaves anymore. She lived by herself until she was no longer able to care for herself.

Mary was known as a person who was always happy and loving. She was wonderful and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her children Tom (Janet) Erickson, Evelyn (Tony) Nester, and Bruce (Debbie) Erickson; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sister Helen Sletta; brother Don (Sherri) Mitchinton; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Leif Erickson; parents; and siblings Tom Minchinton, Jim Minchinton, and Florence Minchinton.

A memorial service will be held at Northfield Evangelical Free Church, 5600 110th St. E., at 11 AM on Saturday, January 27, 2018 with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at a later date at Martinus-Hogenkamp Cemetery, New City, NY. Memorials may be designated to the Northfield Evangelical Free Church.

Arrangements are with Bierman Funeral Home, www.biermanfuneralhome.com

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Funeral

11:00 AM - January 27, 2018


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Northfield Evangelical Free Church
5600 110th St E Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

5 Comments

  1. Arlene Riggs

    Praying for comfort for all of the family. Your mom and dad were very instrumental in my growing my walk with Jesus. Sunday school, Pioneer Girls, Children’s Church, VBS… the list could go on. I am grateful for having known Mrs. Erickson (Mary) – smiling, cheerful and always there. Glad too know we will see her again.
    Love to the whole family.

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  2. Nancy Hervold Akert

    I’m thanking God for weaving this incredible woman into my life. Mrs. Erickson, my Sunday school teacher and Pioneer Girls Pal, was such a huge part of my childhood years at Park Evangelical Free Church. I will be forever grateful for that Sunday morning, in First Grade, while sitting in my tiny chair, at that tiny table, when I was able to pray with Mrs. Erickson, and ask Jesus to come into my heart. She remained a constant source of encouragement and affection. I still have the portable sewing box she gifted me as I headed off to college. Now she is in the presence of our faithful and wonderful Father, and I am so happy for her! What an incredible faithful servant. I will be praying for the Erickson family as they miss her presence here on earth, but celebrate her presence with God.

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    • Cheryl Jensen

      Beautiful tribute to a humble daughter of God who impacted all our lives.. We will never forget her and Leif!! They were pillars of PEFC.

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  3. Jan and Tom Basnight

    Tom and I want to express our deep condolences in the passing of Mary. We can’t say enough about the kind of woman she was – someone who always welcomed everyone with her engaging smile, one who loved the Lord and lived what she believed, one who appreciated a funny story and enjoyed laughing, a hard working woman who helped others, a craftswoman who shared her work with friends ( I still have potholders she made), and a big help to me personally when I took over the leadership of the Missions Committee at ParkEFC and she helped and encouraged me in the job. She was a mom who loved her husband and her children, and I am sure will be sorely missed by all of you. We will keep you in our prayers for peace and happy memories. Love to all from Tom and Jan Basnight

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  4. Elaine Hervold Spata

    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart has been so blessed by both Mary and Leif Erickson. They had a tremendous impact on my walk with the Lord. I will always be grateful for the way they both served as my Sunday school teacher and encouraged me to memorize scripture. Praying for comfort and peace.

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