February 18, 1966 ~ October 28, 2013
Erin Koffler, 47, of Fargo, ND, died unexpectedly in her home on October 28, 2013.
Erin Leone Vettel was born in Ada, Minnesota, on February 18, 1966. The daughter of Larry and Leone Vettel, Erin grew up in Mahnomen and graduated from Mahnomen High School, where her father was a teacher. She attended North Dakota State University and completed degrees in English and Architecture. At NDSU, Erin was active in a variety of organizations including Blue Key, the Honors Program and in Speech and Debate, where she met her future husband, Monte. They were married at the NDSU Neuman Center on July 24, 1987.
Erin began her professional career as a technical writer at Great Plains Software. Erin and Monte moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1994. Always energetic and creative, she continued her employment at Great Plains by telecommuting from their home in Lincoln, something novel for the time. While working full time, Erin also attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where she completed a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning. When Great Plains Software was acquired by Microsoft in 2001, Erin and Monte returned to Fargo and she continued working for Microsoft until her passing.
Erin was passionate about learning, inspiring people, and improving her community. She maintained memberships in in a variety of professional organizations including the American Institute of Architects and the Society for Technical Communication. Erin was a long-time member of Mensa and served in various leadership positions. In Lincoln, Erin was an officer in her neighborhood association; in Fargo, she helped establish the Clara Barton Neighborhood Association. She volunteered at the Lincoln Literacy Counsel helping adults improve their reading ability. Erin was a member of Nativity Catholic Church and served as a proclaimer.
The arts were a great source of joy to Erin. She particularly enjoyed theater and would rarely miss a show at MSUM Straw Hat, Theater B, The Stage at Island Park or Trollwood. She enjoyed music and attend many musical performances at the Fargo Theater, various Fine Arts Series events at the local universities and other concerts. She was a member of the Plains Art Museum, The Rourke Art Gallery Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She never missed the Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists Studio Crawl. Erin served on the boards of directors of The Arts Partnership and the Rourke Art Gallery Museum.
At home, Erin dearly loved her dogs. She enjoyed reading in the screen house in the summer and trying not to kill her potted plants. She enjoyed scrapbooking. And, every now and then, she would enjoy a very well-deserved nap.
Erin is survived by her husband and her brother, Mike Vettel. She was preceded in death by her parents.
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