Erler, Monica Cavanagh Wife, mother, grandmother, friend and advocate for social justice, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2013. Born September 27, 1922 in Minneapolis, MN. Attended St. Anthony High School, St. Catherine's University and earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota while raising six children with her husband Art. Monica was a founder of the battered women's movement and a tireless advocate for women and children. In 1974 she was one of the collective of women who started Women's Advocates, the first shelter for battered women in the country. Successfully advocating for change in federal housing regulations, she created access to funding for the construction of shelters and transitional housing for women. Through her work, Monica formed lifelong friendships. Survived by husband Arthur Erler, Children Stephen (Pam), John (Denise), Mary, David (Michelle), and Jeremy. Grandchildren, Ben, Leo, Michael, Daniel, Aileen, Rory, Joseph, Louis, Justin and Emma. Great-Grandchildren; Sean, Caitlin, Max, Eloa, Adonis, Adrian, Madden, Jack, Henry and Owen. Preceded in death by parents John and Catherine Cavanagh, Siblings Catherine, Leo and Margaret, and her son Laurence. Service at Spirit of St. Stephen's Community, 2201 1st Ave S., Mpls on Saturday Oct. 5 at 3:00 PM. Memorials preferred to the donor's favorite charity.
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.