Ericksen, Phyllis Mae
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Phyllis Mae Ericksen Age 86, Living in Port Angeles, Washington. Passed away peacefully October 18th in Sequim, Washington.
Phyllis Ericksen was born on April 14th, 1926 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to Charles and Johanna Addison. She married Edmund Ericksen on December 26, 1950. She is preceded in death by her grandson Cael States and her husband Edmund. Phyllis is survived by her children Chris (Veronica) Ericksen (Moline, IL); Paul (Cindy) Ericksen (Port Angeles, WA); Beth Ericksen (Chuck Shih)(Mountain View, CA); Becky (Mike) States (North Platte, NE); grandchildren (Caitlin, Rebekah, Jason, Chris, Dain, Kate); great-grandchildren (Blanca, Olivia); and siblings Ralph Addison and Johanna Haven.
Phyllis was born to help others and did not "idle" well. In her childhood years she did everything from picking cherries in Door County, scooping ice cream at Dean's Ice Cream, and selling beer in the stadium at Packer games to filling in as a Chemistry Technician at one of the local paper mills during the World War II. On top of this she was the editor of the Green Bay East High School Newspaper her senior year.
Phyllis was a devoted mother but her children learned not to interrupt her when the Packers were playing. This most likely came from her father who helped out in the Packer locker room as well as take a "bucket" of beer along with his oldest daughter to watch the team practice at the East High School field. She was very proud of her Packer connections and of the fact that players would often come over after practice for one of her mother's fish dinners.
Phyllis' artistic and creative talents afforded her children many wonderful childhood memories. Even after her children left the nest, she remained committed to using her talents to help out. She sewed draperies, retiled bathrooms, painted, landscaped, gardened, and most importantly loved and helped care for her grandchildren into her late 70s.
Armed with a BA of English from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and a Masters of Education from Western Illinois University, Phyllis taught school for over 30 years. She finished her teaching career at J.B. Young Junior High School as a member of the Reading Department. Not a believer in censorship, Phyllis was once taken to court for having her 7th grade class read Hal Borland's "When the Legends Die". Not to back down over something she believed in, Phyllis challenged the suit and won the right to teach the book.
After her retirement from teaching Phyllis volunteered at the Festival of Trees, with the Humane Society, St Luke's Hospital and the Davenport Museum.
Phyllis will be interred next to her husband Edmund at Trinity Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa.
To honor her memory please read a book to someone who is unable to read for themselves.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Oct. 23, 2012