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Johanna Erickson

Friday, November 2, 2007

Funeral services for Johanna Erickson, 93, of Spencer, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. Rev. Scott Meier will officiate the 10:30 a.m. service. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Mrs. Erickson passed away Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.

Visitation will begin after 2 p.m. Monday, with the family present from 5 - 7 p.m. at Warner Funeral Home.

Johanna Louise Erickson, the daughter of Gerhard and Caroline (Beerman) Lucken, was born April 20, 1914, near LeMars. She graduated from Liberty Central, where she enjoyed playing basketball. She then attended National Business College in Sioux City and later worked for an insurance agency for four years.

Jo married Theodore "Ted" Gustave Erickson on Feb. 22, 1939, at St. John's Lutheran Church near Akron. Shortly after their marriage, the couple moved to Westreville, S.D., where they ran a general store. In 1946, they moved back to Sioux City where they owned and operated a grocery store. During this period of time, they welcomed three children, son, Gus, daughter, Caroline and son, David. In 1949, Johanna and family moved to Viborg, S.D., where Ted was a territory manager for Cargill. The family made one final move, to Spencer in 1958. Jo was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church, TTT, Clay County Republicans, Ladies Auxiliary and the Hospital Auxiliary. She worked for a local physicians group and the library. She volunteered for many organizations, including Hospice, AARP and Senior Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ted in 1985; six brothers; and six sisters.

Johanna is survived by her son, Gus Erickson and wife, Janet of Clear Lake; daughter, Caroline Kurtenbach and husband, Roger of Kingsley; and a son, David Erickson and wife, Betty of Georges Mills, N.H.; four grandchildren, including Darla Kurtenbach of Spencer; two great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bud Murphy; and two sisters-in-law, Wanda Erickson and Merle Lucken.