CARY – Lisa Erickson Greenwood went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 27, 2012. A beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, her final days were spent surrounded by family in the season she loved most.|
Lisa was born Nov. 12, 1969, in Fargo, N.D., the third child of Joan and the Rev. Paul Erickson, a pastor in Evangelical Covenant Church. Lisa graduated from Colorado Springs Christian Schools in 1987 and earned her bachelor's degree in math and secondary education from North Park University, Chicago, in 1990.
At North Park, Lisa met and married Dave Greenwood, and they moved to Cary shortly after college.
They have three children, Lindsey, Sarah and Eric. Lisa taught math at Maine West High School in Des Plaines and more recently as an adjunct faculty member at Harper College in Palatine. She earned her master's degree in mathematics education from Northern Illinois University.
As an active member of Hope Covenant Church in Crystal Lake for 18 years, she loved to worship and serve the Lord, not only in church, but in every aspect of her life. Her own personal faith was a light of God's grace to all who knew her.
Lisa was a teacher and mentor to many outside of her high school and college students. She loved teaching adult Sunday school and leading Bible studies. She also helped start the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) ministry at Hope Covenant Church, where she continued to serve as a Mentor Mom even this year, despite her illness. Lisa was passionate about children's ministries and frequently served on church committees.
Lisa and Dave delighted together in the lives of their children. They spent many summers with family and friends at the family cabin in Wisconsin, and enjoyed occasional cross-country trips, as well.
In addition to Dave, her parents and children, Lisa is survived by her brother, Scott Erickson of Telluride, Colo.; and sister, Cari Pietrzyk, of Paddock Lake, Wis. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
A memorial service to celebrate Lisa's life is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Hope Covenant Church, 451 Ackman Road, Crystal Lake. Co-pastors the Rev. Lisa Orris and the Rev. Bill Orris will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be made to a special memorial fund established at Hope Covenant Church to help send kids to camp, or to the
. Checks may be written to Hope Covenant Church, memo: Lisa Greenwood Memorial Fund.
Arrangements are by DuPage Cremations Ltd. and Memorial Chapel. For information, call 630- 293-5200.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Jan. 3, 2013