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Virginia Louise Erickson

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Virginia Louise Erickson, 93, died at home on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. The daughter of Swedish immigrants Gust and Marie Swanson, Virginia was born on May 9, 1920, in Superior, Wis. Active in the Covenant Church throughout her life, Virginia, a gifted musician, served as organist at First Covenant Church in Superior for 39 years.

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Virginia graduated from Superior State Teacher's College in 1942. She taught for four months in North Port, Mich., returning to Superior to marry Richard "Dick" Erickson, her childhood sweetheart, on December 30 of the same year. After living in several places, while Dick served in the Army Air Corp, they eventually settled back in their hometown of Superior.

She was an active member of the Clef Music Society, served in several capacities with Community Concert Association, and was an avid supporter of the music department at UWS. She and Dick were honored as Honorary Alumni of the UWS Music Department.

Along with her husband, she was involved in Gideons ministry for many years. She enjoyed attending Christian Women meetings, and led a women's Bible Study for years. The Bible verse John 14:6 directed the course of her life.

She also produced a weekly sacred music broadcast on WWJC radio station, featuring great music of the church.

She loved and treasured her family and friends, and especially looked forward to summer months at her beloved Lake Nebagamon cabin. Until the age of 88, she could be found most summer afternoons swimming the south bay. She also enjoyed potlucks, Thursday evening Bible studies, and spending time with family and friends.

Virginia is survived by her four children, Marcia Roberts of Boulder, Colo., Lou Ann Petersen of Madison, Wis., Richard Erickson of New York City and Kristin Accola of Superior, Wis.; four grandchildren, Melissa, Kelly and Heidi Roberts and Kristafer Accola; one brother, Raymond (Marvel) Swanson, Solon Springs, Wis.; one sister-in-law, Janice Swanson, Batavia, Ill. and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband Dick, Virginia is preceded in death by her brother Warren Swanson, sister-in-law, Gladys Rymer, brother-in-law, Wilbur Erickson and her son-in-law, Thomas Austin Petersen.

A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the First Covenant Church, 2101 W. 2nd St., Duluth, Minn.

Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery, Superior at a later date.

For those who desire, the family gratefully encourages memorial contributions to Traditional Music at First Covenant Church in Duluth, MN; Clef Music Society of Superior for music scholarships; or Gideons International.

Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Send a condolence or sign the on-line guest book at www.lenroot-maetzold.com.

She loved and treasured her family and friends, and especially looked forward to summer months at her beloved Lake Nebagamon cabin. Until the age of 88, she could be found most summer afternoons swimming the south bay. She also enjoyed potlucks, Thursday evening Bible studies, and spending time with family and friends.

Virginia is survived by her four children, Marcia Roberts of Boulder, Colo., Lou Ann Petersen of Madison, Wis., Richard Erickson of New York City and Kristin Accola of Superior, Wis.; four grandchildren, Melissa, Kelly and Heidi Roberts and Kristafer Accola; one brother, Raymond (Marvel) Swanson, Solon Springs, Wis.; one sister-in-law, Janice Swanson, Batavia, Ill. and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband Dick, Virginia is preceded in death by her brother Warren Swanson, sister-in-law, Gladys Rymer, brother-in-law, Wilbur Erickson and her son-in-law, Thomas Austin Petersen.

A Memorial Service will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, at the First Covenant Church, 2101 W. 2nd St., Duluth, Minn.

Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery, Superior at a later date.

For those who desire, the family gratefully encourages memorial contributions to Traditional Music at First Covenant Church in Duluth, MN; Clef Music Society of Superior for music scholarships; or Gideons International.

Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Send a condolence or sign the on-line guest book at www.lenroot-maetzold.com.

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