Lois A. Erickson, 81, of Casselton, North Dakota passed away on September 12, 2015 under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Lois was born to Paul and Irma Alpers in Manistee, Michigan on August 17, 1934. The family moved from Manistee to Fargo, then up to Portal, North Dakota where Lois went to school and grew up. After graduation, she moved to Fargo and began her career with Northwestern Bell. She married Wallace “Wally” Erickson on October 27, 1956. They lived in Fargo, raising 3 children, then moved to San Diego and Idaho before settling back in Fargo. Lois retired from Qwest, moved shortly to Oregon then back to North Dakota. She bought a small home in Casselton where she lived for over 20 years, making many friends and enjoying her community. She then spent several years back in California before just recently moving back to Casselton.
She is survived by her children; Linda Jahner, West Fargo, ND, Gary (Sara) Erickson, Moorhead, MN, David (Cari) Erickson, Atascadero, California, sister, Betty Keenan, Sauk Centre, Minnesota, grandchildren; Nicholas Erickson, Tyler Erickson, Brandon Erickson, Breanna (Erickson) Cuevas, sister and brother-in-law, Ernie and Shirley Erickson, Minot, North Dakota and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her ex-husband/friend, Wally, parents, 2 brothers, Paul (Eileen), Ray (Mickey), sisters, Helen Alpers and Joan (Johnny) Weerts, son-in-law, Dan Jahner, brother-in-law, Charles Keenan, nephew, Jim Keenan, brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Arlene Erickson, and baby brother Alpers.
In honoring Lois’s wishes, there will be no funeral. Instead, a ‘Celebration of Life’ will be held on Saturday, October 24 in Casselton’s Community Center from 1-3:00 P.M. All are welcome. Please join us to share memories, Lois’isms, laughs and some “Oktoberfest” foods in her honor.