Nancy Ann Erdmann, 62, passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 29, 2020,  after a year and a half long fight against ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease).  Nancy was born and raised in Detroit Lakes, MN.    Living across the street from the lake, many days were spent having "fun in the sun" whether it was boating, walking the beach or  hanging out with friends. Even in the winter months she enjoyed sledding, snowmobiling and ice fishing.   Being the youngest of 5, she already had 4 built in best friends, along with the many others that she made throughout the yearsNancy was liked by everyone.   After graduating  from Detroit Lakes High School, Nancy  moved to Moorhead, MN. She continued her education in a nursing program and eventually became an RN. It wasn’t until she started her job at Essentia Health in Fargo, ND working as a NICU nurse, that she found her true passion. Nancy, also known by her co-workers as “The Pants, cared for her tiny patients and their families with skill, kindness, empathy and compassion. She excelled as a mentor to new staff, always demonstrating extreme patience, kindness and thoroughnessShe was ray of sunshine to work with” and was loved by all her co-workers. “The one thing I will always remember about Nancy is at the end of every shift, she would smile and say thanks for a great shift!”   Not only was Nancy an amazing nurse, she was also a wonderful mother to her two daughters Cheryl and Angela. The girls were her pride and joy and she worked very hard every day to give them a great life. Every dance performance, choir performance, volleyball game, softball game, soccer game, basketball game, she was there cheering them on. It was obvious that she loved them very much.  In 2011, after being a single mom for many years, Nancy met and started dating an amazing man named Barry. He brought so much love and joy into her life and they had an amazing time together.  Never ones to be sitting around, they were always planning activities together such as boating, fishing, golfing, biking, cross country skiing, concerts, moviesand theaterThey also enjoyed wine tasting, dinner with friends and listening to local musicians.  Just within the past year, they traveled to many places they had never been beforeSt. Louis and Branson, MO, Arizona and the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, the Grand Teton National Parks, Erics family beach house in CT, and finished the summer with a trip to Glacier park,  Coeur d'Alene, Seattle, the Redwoods, SaFrancisco and Santa Barbara. There was never a dull moment.  “My mom always taught me to follow my dreams and never give up. She was the worlds greatest mom and my life will never be the same without her.”  ~Angela Erdmann  “Everything I know about love, I’ve learned from my Mother”  ~Cheryl Egolf  “Nancy was very good to me. I love and miss her very much”  ~Barry Johnson Nancy Ann Erdmann is survived by her brother John Munn (Jane Munn), step-mother Evie Munnstep-brother Dave Thompson (Margaret Thompson), step-brother Brad Thompson (Carol Thompson), daughter Angela Erdmann, daughter Cheryl Egolf (Eric)her four grandchildren -Joslyn, Brooklyn, Oliver, and Kyloand boyfriend Barry Johnson.   Nancy Ann Erdmann is preceded in death by her mother Mary Munn (Winchell), sister Kathy Ekern (Munn), brother Gary Munn, brother Steve Munn, and father Gerald Munn.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the ALS Association. https://www.alsa.org Funeral services will be held at a later date due to the current Covid19 restrictions.

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  1. Rest in peace Nancy. I will always love you. Your are a kind and loving person. a great nurse, and above all a wonderful mother and grandmother.

  2. I knew Nancy as a friend,nurse,person through her brother Steve who married my sister Elaine.
    Rest in peace and your new life on Heaven

  3. Nancy has been a friend since we were in 6th grade! I will miss her dearly. Prayers to her family and Barry. RIP nancy!

  4. Mom,

    I miss you so much already. I can’t believe you are gone. You are a now a beautiful Angel in heaven and I know you will watch over us. Thank you for everything you have done for me, being a great mom and nurse. You were kind, loving and caring to everyone you met. I wish you were here but know God is taking care of you. Thank you for all the wonderful memories we had on Earth together. Life will never be the same without you.

    I love you.

    Your daughter,

    Angela Mary
    “Angie Baby”

  5. I am so sorry that I missed Nancy’s obit, I am her only cousin and she was a shining star, always so strong going through all that she had prior to her diagnose. It is hard to believe this terrible disease could devastate a whole family. My prayers go out to Angie, Cheryl and John so terribly sorry for your loss.

  6. Angela and Cheryl, I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. I remember her to be such a sweet lady and great mom to you girls. I always had fun when I was at your apartment. May she rest in peace. Thinking of you both. Kristin (Bjerke) Soland

  7. Nancy was amazing I got to know her while working at Essentia. She was the Florence Nightingale of Essentia. She will be missed deeply, and such a great mentor to all nurses.

  8. Cheryl and Angie,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was the best friend to me and I am very grateful for the friendship that I had with her. She was a great Mom, nurse and friend. I always had so much fun when we were together. I miss her so much already and it is hard to believe We won’t be having lunch together on our birthdays which we did every year! She is in heaven and in peace. Until we meet again…..love you Nancy!

  9. Angie and Cheryl – I’m so sorry to hear about your mom! She was so supportive and proud of the two of you! Sending a big hug your way!

  10. So sorry to hear that Nancy has passed away. I worked with her at Eventide many years ago and later she was my daughters baby nurse at St Johns…. she was always so kind and loving and always so proud of her daughters…Heaven has gained an AMAZING angel… Bon Teske

  11. I have never met such a kind and thoughtful person as her. I was blessed to have her as an aunt.

  12. I only had the blessing to meet you once Nancy at my lovely daughter-in-law and sons wedding! Now I will never have the opportunity to know you better and I am sorry for my loss in that as I am so sorry for the loss of your family in your passing! Cheryl love to all of you!

  13. Angie, Cheryl and Barry-
    I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss my visits with Nancy. She was an incredible person! She was so proud of her girls and loved to tell me about her grandkids.
    I was so happy to hear about the travels she got to do with you, Barry. I’ll keep you all in my prayers.

  14. Rest In Peace Nancy. You were a wonderful nurse and I was lucky to have known you. Sending love and light to your family

  15. Nancy was truly an amazing lady. I worked with her for years in the NICU and she was never without a positive attitude and kind word. She will be missed by all. She touched so many lives with her kindness, an example we should all try to follow. God Bless her and her loved ones. She spoke so highly of you all.

  16. So sorry to hear the loss of Nancy. Went to s hook with her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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