Sandra Kay (Winther) Erickson (1940 - 2011)

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Sandra K. Ericksen
    Funeral services for Sandra K. Ericksen, 70, were conducted by Pastor Keith Menter and Pastor Steven Frock on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the Elk Horn Lutheran Church in Elk Horn. Interment was in the Elk Horn Lutheran Cemetery in Elk Horn. The honorary casket bearers will her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The casket bearers were Paul Hemmingsen, Richard Hemmingsen, Carl Petersen, Dan Nissen, Scott Hillard, Curtis Miller, Jim Pedersen and Dale Haner. The Kessler Funeral Home in Exira was in charge of the arrangements.
Sandra Kay Ericksen, the daughter of Orville R. and Sylvia Paulsen Winther, was born Oct. 18, 1940 at her grandmother Paulsen's home in Hamlin, and died Sept. 20, 2011 at the Exira Care Center at the age of 70 years, 11 months and 2 days.
     Sandra was baptized and confirmed at the Hamlin Lutheran Church. She attended rural school Hamlin #2 and attended Audubon High School.
     On June 15, 1958 she was united in marriage to Eldon Arnold Ericksen at the Hamlin Lutheran Church. Six sons: Roger, Ken, Dale, Marty, Doug and Mark were born to this union. Sandra and Eldon lived most of their married life in Elk Horn. Sandra was employed at various jobs for a short time. Sandra was very family oriented and was a homemaker most of her life. After the death of her father, Sandra and Eldon cared for her mother in their home. Sandra enjoyed her home then moved to the Exira Care Center on Jan. 22, 2008.
     Sandra was a member of the Elk Horn Lutheran Church. She taught Sunday school, helped with Bible school and was a member of the Women's Circle. Sandra had a tremendous memory and never needed a calendar to remember special dates. She enjoyed embroidering, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
     Sandra was preceded in death by her son Dale Ericksen; her grandson Michael Ericksen; her parents; her brothers-in-law and sister-in-law: Mae and husband Glenn Petersen; Richard Peters and Virgil Jensen.
     Survivors include her husband Eldon A. Ericksen of Lewis, Iowa; her sons: Roger and wife Deb Ericksen of Lewis; Ken and wife Vicky Ericksen of Kimballton; Marty and wife Lisa Ericksen of Atlantic; Doug and wife Sandee Ericksen of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Mark and wife Teresa Ericksen of Atlantic; 22 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; her brother Merlyn and wife Sonna Winther of Spencer; her sister Rhonda Jensen of Harlan; her brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law: Jim and wife Shirley Ericksen; Pola Peters all of Council Bluffs; Nick and wife Pat Ericksen of Cincinnati, Ohio; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, 2011