March 19, 1919 ~ October 15, 2015
Nina died on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Bethany Retirement Living in Fargo, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 96. Nina Vanderzee was born on March 19, 1919 the daughter of Cornelius and Clara Vanderzee on a family farm near Clear Lake, SD. She graduated from Watertown, SD and worked in the library. She later graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. She worked for Lutheran Social Services. On July 6, 1957 she married Clemens Erickson. They lived in Kindred where Clemens farmed. He died in 1993. Nina taught Sunday school for many years at Gol Lutheran Church in rural Kindred. She also taught an adult class. She enjoyed rosemaling and arranging flowers. Her grandchildren were a huge joy in her life. They have a daughter Monica (Gregg) Webster of Hillsboro, ND – and their children, Christopher, Ashley and Rachel (Dwight) and great grandchildren – Montana and Nicole; and a son, Clark (Sherri) Erickson of West Fargo, ND– and their children, Connor and Chase. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clemens; her parents, Cornelius and Clara; and siblings – Donald, Leona and Cecil.
I have such good memories of Nina. What a kind and faith filled woman.
Clark, I am sorry to hear about your mother and want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathy & I lived either right behind Nina and Clements (3 years) or directly across the street from them for 22 years! I remember back yard chats and front yard/living room chats with them as always pleasant visits. When we moved to Arizona, Nina and Clements were 2 of many Kindredites that we missed having nearby.
My condolences to Monica and Clark and families; I know Nina IS and will be sorely missed!
To the Clarke Erickson Family and the Monica Webster family. From my family our sympathy for and the loss of your mother and grandmother. I was 11 years old when she married my Uncle Clemens, I was at their wedding and got to decorate their car ( a Ford of course) I always enjoyed going to their home lots of good food and always a lot of fun. All these 58 years of knowing Nina she was always so kind and caring to everyone. She always showed an interest in my family when we got together. Betty Jo and I are in Vermont visiting our daughter Stacy and her family.. I feel so sad that we will not be in Fargo on Monday to say good bye to a wonderful loving aunt, We Love You Nina, Betty Jo- Chuck , Stacy and family, Brian and family and Kevin and family
Clark, You are in our thoughts and prayers.
So sorry to hear about your mom Clark she was a great lady and a big part of my early years in the flower shop in Kindred. I always remember her helping mom and it was so nice to visit with her when I came to Kindred. I am sure she will be greatly missed!!
Clark and Sherri : i was so sorry to hear of Nina’s passing. My heart and prayers are with you on this sad day. Hugs to you and the boys, I know how much she loved them! Love to you all from the East Coast.
Nina brought Sunshine, Joy and Love every Sunday in her purse, She would open that sucker up and let fly! Greatest Smile and Warmest Hugs!
I Love You!
Nina was one in a million. The memories from church, hanging out with them after school, and the beautiful flowers she prepared for my wedding. Her kindness and love brightened up so many days in my life. Thank you for sharing with me. Sorry I cannot be there to say goodbye but know she is a bright shining angel up above. My sympathy to Clark and Monica and your families.
I have wonderful memories of Nina as my 4-H leader and as Sunday School teacher. She always had such a warm smile and encouraging words. It was nice to see her again at Bethany when my mom ended up on her floor. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
I miss and love you Mom . My prayers are with everyone .