Virginia P. Erickson

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Virginia Pearl Erickson

91, died in Indianapolis, IN on July 4, 2013. Born to Agnes and Nicholas Verikios on January 10, 1922, in Madison, WI, she spent her formative years there with her brother Harold, and sisters, Kay (Forsythe) and Helen (LaMoore). After her father died when Ginny was 10, her stepfather, Sam Grapsas became and remained a constant in her life until his death in 1971. From 1943 until his death in 1975, Ginny was happily married to Douglas N. Erickson (Ret. Air Force Major) of Minnesota. She is survived by her children, Douglas Erickson (Donna) of Shawnee, OK and Donna York (Robert) of Indianapolis. In addition to her parents and siblings, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Bonnie Jochmann, who died in Bettendorf, IA in 2001, and her youngest grandson, Billy Jochmann, who died in Davenport, IA in 2013. Ginny's surviving grandchildren are: Cindy Erickson Turner; Michael Jochmann; Bethany Jochmann Radwanski; Amanda Jochmann; Adam York and Zachary York. Her surviving great-grandchildren are: Devon & Katrina Turner; Alexa, Drew & Brooke Jochmann; Carter Radwanski; Preston Schwertfeger; and Caleb Jochmann. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. In high school, Ginny excelled in sports and played on a city-wide women's softball team. She had a life-long love for music, and played several instruments, including the accordion and organ. As a career Air Force wife, Ginny made a loving home for her family in several states and Canada. She loved spending time with her family and friends, board games of any kind, crossword puzzles and especially just about any card game. She and her husband regularly competed as a successful team of duplicate bridge players, and she earned her Life Master's certification from the American Contract Bridge League in 1991. Two of Ginny's other passions in life were chocolate (dark) and anything to do with Betty Boop. Ginny spent most of her last two years of life at Clearwater Commons Assisted Living, and the care, attention and love of the staff there was much appreciated.

She will be buried next to her husband in Madison, Wisconsin, and a private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please perform a random act of kindness in her memory, with the knowledge that she would have very much appreciated that. Arrangements have been entrusted to

Flanner and Buchanan- Lawrence.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 8, 2013
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