Joan Aldene Erickson, of Mora, died on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021 at her home. She was 77 years old.
She was born on March 26, 1943 in Fairbury, Illinois to parents Allen and Arlene (Graves) Bentz. The family moved to a farm near Mora in 1948. She attended Mora schools, graduating in 1961. After high school, she worked at the Kanabec County Extension office for several years.
On Sept. 14, 1963, she was united in marriage to Lloyd Edwin Erickson at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora. The couple was blessed with three sons that kept her busy during their younger years. After the kids were grown, she joined her husband at Northern Wood, the cabinet shop they owned in Mora as the secretary. In 1993, the couple moved to a home on Grindstone Lake near Sandstone where she loved to watch and listen to the loons. They moved back to Mora in 2009. She worked as a host at Grand Casino Hinckley for a few years and most recently worked at both Eastwood Senior Living and St. Clare’s Living Community in Mora as an activities helper.
She loved tending to her flower gardens, doing puzzles, sewing and genealogy. She enjoyed a special bond with her close group of friends over the years. Most of all, she loved her grandchildren and being able to spoil them and attend so many of their events and programs as they grew up. She will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sharon Erickson, Glen Erickson and Beverly (Laverne) Mann.
She is survived by her husband, Lloyd; sons, Lynn (Peggy), Wayne (Kelly) and Troy (Jodi); grandchildren, Kirstin (Sam) Paquin, Darin (Caitlin), Megan (Hunter) Welinski, Alyssa (Jared), Emily (Pavy) Buntin, Riley and Rita; great-grandchildren, Linley, Quinn, Ella, Tenley, and Piper; brother-in-law, Clayton Erickson; sisters-in-law, Gladys (James) Nelson and Arlys Erickson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A public visitation followed by a private family service was held on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home. Inurnment was in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora. Memorials are preferred to the Calvary Lutheran Church. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com