Ramona Ericksen, 1938-2017

Published 12:10 am Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Funeral services for Ramona Leah Ericksen, 78, of Glenville will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church in Glenville. The Rev. Nancy Hansen will officiate. Interment will be at First Lutheran Cemetery in rural Glenville. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bonnerup Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Ramona died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, suddenly from a fall at her home.

Ramona Ericksen

Ramona Leah Ericksen was born on Sept. 9, 1938, to Leon and Burnette (Holstad) Sanderson in Glenville. She was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Glenville. Ramona attended District No. 52 elementary school in Glenville and then graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1956. She was united in marriage to Robert James Ericksen on Oct. 20, 1956, at First Lutheran Church in Glenville. They lived in Glenville for a couple years then moved to their farm east of Glenville. Ramona worked side by side with Bob on the farm, helping with fieldwork and cooking for all who came to help. After Bob died suddenly in October 2001, Ramona moved to her present home in Glenville.

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She was a lifetime member of Glenville First Lutheran Church, where she was active in ladies aid and circle, taught Sunday school when her children were growing up and helped with youth group activities. She also served on the First Lutheran Cemetery board. Ramona worked at Floorcrafter’s Carpet Warehouse in Albert Lea for a short time. She drove school bus for the Glenville-Emmons school district for many years and had recently enjoyed being involved with the reader’s theatre at Glenville Elementary School.

She enjoyed gardening and yard work, making quilts for her grandchildren and was a wonderful cook and baker. Ramona took great pride in her home and loved decorating.

Blessed be her memory.

Survivors include her mother, Burnette Sanderson of Glenville; children Clark (Lori) Ericksen and Dawn (Tim) Kaasa, both of Glenville; grandchildren Brooke Ericksen, Becky (Kirk) Farmer, Jon (Sheena) Ericksen, Kellen Kaasa, Taryn (Bronson) Broer, Devin Kaasa, Luke (Holly) Marcks and Kara (Brien) Heinemann; great-grandchildren Crosby and Harrison Broer, Payton and Brennan Farmer, Kaylee, Elli, Kyler, Preslie and Carter Ericksen, Cherysh and Lance Marcks and Breckyn Heinemann; sister, Pauline Kohnke; sisters and brothers-in-law Esther Nelson, Virgil and Carol Ericksen, Ann Pavlian and Audrey and Marvyn Olson; aunts Mildred Patterson and Idena Hagen; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ramona was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Ericksen; father, Leon Sanderson; sister-in-law, Marian Hanson; brothers-in-law, Albert Hanson, Richard Nelson and Peter Pavlian; grandparents; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Glenville First Lutheran Cemetery.