Florence Elvera Erickson, 103, Cannon Falls, died peacefully on Sunday morning, September 30, 2012 at Angels Care Center in Cannon Falls, where she has resided since February 2007.
Florence was born the youngest of nine at home on the family farm in Leon Township on May 29, 1909 to John A. and Mathilda (Paulson) Anderson. She was baptized, confirmed and married at Spring Garden Lutheran Church, where she continued her lifelong membership.
She attended school at District 42 and graduated from the 8th grade. At age 16, she went to work as a maid for the S.B. Foot family in Red Wing, and later worked in Minneapolis at Wells Lamont Glove Company. In 1933 when her mother died, she moved back home to care for her father.
She married Paul A. Erickson on October 19, 1935 and they farmed for the first two years in Minneola area and purchased the home farm in Leon Township in 1937. They farmed until 1966 and built a new home in the Edgewood area.
They enjoyed traveling and 10 years of retirement until her husband died on October 10, 1976. In 1981, she moved to a condo in Cannon Falls and continued residing there until 2007.
Her church was very important to her. She taught Swedish School, sang in the choir for many years, sang in small groups, taught Sunday School, was active in the Willing Workers, sewing circle, Bible study, and sang with the Spring Garden Swedish Singers. She also sang with the Red Wing Swedish Singers for many years. She enjoyed knitting, sewing and especially crocheting.
Florence continued to enjoy traveling with her friends. Her family was very important to her and especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be remembered most for her enjoyment in having a good time and her wonderful sense of humor. She made a wonderful home and has been a terrific role model for her family.
Florence is survived by her children, Charles (Sandy) Erickson, Allen (Kay) Erickson and Pauline (Herb) Nerison, all of Cannon Falls; 8 grandchildren, Todd Erickson (Bonnie McNamara), Brian (Shannon) Erickson, Dawn (Mick) Murphy, Jill (Tom) McCartney, Jeffrey (Monica) Erickson, Jennifer (Aaron) Vaudt, Eric (Michelle) Nerison and Megan Nerison; eight great-grandchildren, Maggie, Brendan, Kendra, Abbey, Michael, Lucas, Sophia and Finnegan; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; an infant son; and eight siblings, Clarence Anderson, Mabel Magnuson, Myrtle Freeberg, Elmer Anderson, Effie Erickson, Florence Adeline Anderson, Alfred Anderson and Frances Larson Lund.
Visitation is Wednesday, October 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lundberg Funeral Home, Cannon Falls. Funeral service is Thursday, October 4, at 11 a.m. at Spring Garden Lutheran Church with Pastors Nick and Cindy Fisher-Broin officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
Pallbearers are Todd Erickson, Brian Erickson, Jeffrey Erickson, Eric Nerison, Tom McCartney, Mick Murphy and Aaron Vaudt.
Memorials are preferred to Spring Garden Lutheran Church.
Arrangements by Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls.