Heidi M. Firkus
FUNERAL HOME
Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Homes - Shoreview
515 Highway 96 West
Shoreview, MN
Nee: Erickson Joyful Child of God Age 25 of St. Paul, unexpectedly on April 25, 2010. Heidi committed her life to the Lord Jesus Christ as a young girl and faithfully walked with Him. She loved and was loved by her family and many wonderful friends. Preceded in death by grandparents, Mendell & Dorothy Erickson. Survived by loving husband, Nick; parents, John & Linda Erickson; brothers, Peter (Jolene) Erickson and their son Henry, Joel (Jolene) Erickson and their children Isaiah, Seth, and Josephine; maternal grandparents Gene & Mary Rausch; parents-in-law, Steve & Julie Firkus; aunts, uncles, and cousins. Visitation Friday 5:30-7:00 PM followed by service 7:00 PM at CALVARY CHURCH; 2120 Lexington Ave N., Roseville. Gifts for the "Heidi Erickson Firkus Calvary Youth Missions Fund" may be sent to Calvary Church. 651-482-7606




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My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. God bless!
Nate Johnson
March 11, 2011
"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18

Dear John & Linda,
We join the many who pray for you often and will pray for you long. You are wonderful Christian people and Heidi lived that legacy. There is no doubt that she awaits you in Heaven in her now immortal beauty.

Lauren & Sheryl Schmiess
May 13, 2010
John and Linda,
Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for your loss. I want you to know that I will think of you and pray for you often in these next days.
Bill Peterson
May 4, 2010
Dear Linda and Extended
Erickson and Firkus Families ~

I was so saddened when I learned of the loss of your beloved Heidi. I am sorry for the many dreams, hugs, and "yet-to-comes" that your family and her many friends still planned to share with her...

I was at Heidi's Celebration of Life and truly enjoyed learning what an incredible young woman she was ~ so very gifted in so many ways, and so willing to give to so many others. What a blessing your Heidi has been!

I pray your memories and her beautiful Spirit and smile help bring a glimmer of light to your darkest of days. May you find rest and peace in Jesus' embrace as Heidi dances those streets of gold with her Savior. You will hug Heidi again!

With heartfelt sympathies to all,
Joni Carlson
May 4, 2010
John, Linda, Peter & Joel and families,
Mona and I were saddened to hear of the loss of your precious daughter, Heidi! No words can express how we feel. We want you to know that we are lifting you all up in fervent prayer at this time of unimaginable sorrow. With our sincere Love, prayers and thoughts!
stan & Mona (May) Melling
Stan Melling
May 3, 2010
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Heidi. I had the pleasure to teach and coach Heidi and have wonderfully fond memories of a kind-hearted and smiling teenager. I am sure she grew into a beautiful young woman and my heart breaks for your--indeed,our--loss. May the warmth of her spirit and the knowledge that she touched so many lives in her 25 years be of comfort to those who miss her so dearly.
Jennifer Cadwell
May 3, 2010
Julie and Family,
It breaks my heart to know that your family is going through this pain. My thoughts and support are with you all. Peace be with you, now and forever.
Laura Angyal, Craig Cass and family
May 1, 2010
Dear Linda and Family,
My heartfelt sympathy to you and yours. May God grant you peace.
Mary Gillies
May 1, 2010
Julie, Steve and family,

You all have been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard about this tragedy. Words are limited right now, but Jesus is there interceding for you all. With love and prayers.
Lori Hansen
May 1, 2010
Nick, Julie and Steve & Families. May peace be with you all!

Our prayers are with you.
Jon & Peggy VB
May 1, 2010
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please accept my sincere condolences during this difficult time.
Debbie McLean
April 30, 2010
John and Linda,
We are so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ed Caillier
April 30, 2010
John, Linda, Nick, Peter, Joel and their families,
Our hearts are so heavy and aching at the loss of Heidi. We continue to uplift all of you in prayer. Words cannot begin to express our sorrow. We love you.
Tom,Marijo, Collin & Marnie
April 30, 2010
John and Linda,
We cannot express how sorry we are to hear about the loss of Heidi. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. With sincere sympathy,
Monica & Kent DeCook
April 30, 2010
Steve and Julie: Our prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss. May your faith give you strength.
Bruce and Jen Pedalty
April 30, 2010
John and family, So very sorry for the tragic loss of Heidi, You have been and will continue to be in my families thoughts and prayers.
Brian Eckert
April 30, 2010
I knew Heidi for so many years growing up at Grace and Calvary. She was such a kind-hearted person. I'm sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Jason Olszewski
April 30, 2010
My wife had a change to spend time with Heidi a few years back, and I had the pleasure and blessing of spending a few days with Nick, back in my first travel to the US, Those were amazing times, we hold the Firkus' very close to our hearts and I particularly consider Nick an amazing man of God and a very good friend whom I love despite the distance, there are just no words to express the sadness that overwhelmed us when we found about the news, yet we know that Heidi is now waiting for us with our Lord, and we can trust we'll see her again.
Noe Anton, Guadalajara, Mexico
Noe Anton
April 30, 2010
Nick, John, Linda, Peter and Joel - I cannot adequately express how sorry I am to hear of your loss. I did not know Heidi personally, but from what I've heard she was beloved by all and truly loved Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord. Please know that I have been (and will be) lifting each of you up in prayer. John, if there is anything I can do for you please let me know.

In Christ,
Chad
Chad Janowiec
April 30, 2010
John, Linda, Joel, Peter and family,

I am so sorry. You and Heidi are and will remain in my prayers. I will always cherish my memories of time spent with Heidi and all of you.
Pat McGroarty
April 30, 2010
Have kept all of you in my prayers. My deepest sympathy goes out to you. I hope that you can find at least some relief in knowing that Heidi will forever be shining down upon you.
Kristin W
April 30, 2010
All our thoughts and prayers are with you and
will stay with you. May God hold you up:)
I know how much you loved her Nick and
I know she will be with you everyday untill
you get to see her again in heaven.
All our love
The Scotts
Christopher, Margi, and Charlie Scott
April 29, 2010
I'm amazed how much Heidi fit into her 25 years of life. I'm even more impressed that she did it all with a smile. She will truly be missed.

John, it was such a treat to see you and Heidi interact at work. The love she has for you is so evident. We will keep your family in our prayers.
Maisha Frederickson
April 29, 2010
Heidi worked for us for a year and a half. We are so glad to have known her. She was a remarkable young woman with a deep commitment to her faith. She brought a presence of hopeful joy to work with her everyday. We are striken with grief by her loss. She was a bright light that will be so missed. May God be present for all who knew her, as we struggle with her loss in the days ahead.
Joe & Marcia Kopp
April 29, 2010
John & Linda - Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Dan & Marsha Lofgren
April 29, 2010
John & family,
I am so sorry. Heidi was a beautiful girl with a welcoming smile. May the memory of that smile remind you of the happiness she felt and spread to others. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
With sympathy,
Caroline Felitto
April 29, 2010
We are honored to know you and to know Heidi for the brief time she spent here on this earth. We are moved by this incredible sorrow and pray for God's overwhelming and abiding peace to comfort you all today and in the days and months to come.
Diane & Glen Grindahl
April 29, 2010
Nick, Julie and Steve, Emily and Ben, we are heartbroken to hear this tragic news. We cannot even imagine what you are all dealing with at this time. I keep thinking back to that wonderful sweet and thoughtful young man who was my son's friend all those years ago. Nick was always looking out for the under-dog and so kind to all the kids- at a time in young lives when selfishness and cruelty are more the norm. Please know that there are hundreds of your friends back here in Pittsburgh who are uplifting all of you in prayer. Your faith will not fail you now when you need it most. For now, abide in the Lord and wait for His provision.

with love and prayers- Cathy for all the Dodds family
Cathy Dodds
April 29, 2010
Nick,
You are in my prayers. May you know many are praying for you and Heidi's family. The Lord is right there with you through this very difficult time.
April 29, 2010
To the Erickson and Firkus Family:We are so sad to hear of the loss of Heidi.Our hearts go out to your family.
Mark and Gail Beisswenger and family.
April 29, 2010
I was shocked to hear about the news of Heidi. Still can't believe it. Heidi always had a smile on her face and was kind to everyone. Heidi was a a great person to work with at Pro floor. My thoughts and prayers go out to Heidi's family at this very sad time.
Sara Baum
April 29, 2010
Our whole family is devastated for you. Especially Jarod and Ben, knowing Joel and Heidi in school as they did. We are praying for you.
Jim and Karen Olson
Jim and Karen Olson
April 29, 2010
I was blessed to know Heidi from elementary school through high school. I will especially remember playing tennis with her at RAHS.
She was an amazing young woman with a caring & compassionate spirit, and I will never forget her sweet smile.

My prayers are with your family.

Love,
Jenna Barke
RAHS, Class of 2002
Jenna Barke
April 29, 2010
John & Family: I am so saddened to learn of the loss of Heidi. Please know that your University of Missouri friends will be praying for all of you.
Mike Paden
April 29, 2010
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Bonnie Aeling (Hudella)
April 29, 2010
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2010
Nancy Sarne
April 29, 2010
John and family, you have my deepest sympathies. Heidi's gentle ways, sense of humor and smile made her such a delight to work with. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sue Carlson
April 29, 2010
John and Linda,
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Beth Scalzo
April 29, 2010
John and family,
I am very sorry for your tragic loss of Heidi. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. She will be greatly missed in the Group Department.
Dawn Sagstetter
April 29, 2010
We were very fortunate to have worked with Heidi at Crew 2 and we warmly remember her enthusiastic and skillful support.

Please accept our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time.

Dan Kaminski, Tim Baffa, Denise Vaughn, Dave Atko, Tracy Johnson

~Pro Carpet, Inc.
Dan Kaminski
April 29, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Molly
April 29, 2010
John and Family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God put his arms around all of you and comfort you during this difficult time.
Connie Schwartz
April 29, 2010
My husband and I live very close to the Firkus home. Though we did not know them, ever since this tragedy happened, they have been in our thoughts. I can't even imagine what the families are going through. Please know that our community is mourning your loss, and you are in our prayers as well.
April 29, 2010
John and Linda,
There are no words...only tears.
We love you.
We're praying.
Love,
Dolly and Paul Smyth
April 29, 2010
"The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer…
My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior…
In my distress I called to the LORD;
I called out to my God. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came to His ears…
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters…
They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support…
You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light…
As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him...
It is God who arms me with strength…
Therefore I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations; I will sing praises to your name.”
- Excerpts from 2 Samuel 22

May the Lord give you strenth in this very difficult time. He weeps with you, as do I. Until we see her again in Heaven...God Bless.
Hannah Hermanson
April 29, 2010
John - I feel blessed to have the little time I did knowing Heidi. Her smile and sense of humor is greatly missed here at work. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Tom Magee
April 29, 2010
John & Linda: the thoughts and prayers of the Springfield Branch Office are with you during this difficult time. May God grant you both peace and strength as your mourn the loss of your daughter.
Beca Nix
April 29, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. May God bring peace and comfort to all of the family.
Connie Firkus
April 29, 2010
Nick and Family,

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Courtney Wilman (Johnson)
April 29, 2010
Nick, You had Heidi's heart only second to her Heavenly Father. I can not fathom the responsibility of releasing her to Him right now. We are praying God's very tangible presence for you, and your families. We loved her, we love you. May God guard your heart as you face each day ahead. Marcus and Katina Sarazin
Marcus and Katina Sarazin
April 29, 2010
Such a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you let God in to heal your wounds during this difficult time.
April 29, 2010
John and family,
I am very sorry for your tragic loss of Heidi. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Jen Kivi
Jen Kivi
April 29, 2010
John, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know I speak for many when I say Heidi will be missed here at work. Her sweet personality, smile, sense of humor and dedication have made a lasting impression on our department. It is a priveledge to have known her.
Susan Conley Fenton
April 29, 2010
John and Linda,
I am so sorry about your loss. You and your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God keep you and help you through your time of sorrow.
Tami & William Lamberg
April 29, 2010
John -

My family and I offer you and your family our deepest condolences. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

With heartfelt sympathy,
Jen Miller and family
April 29, 2010
Words are inadequate. May you all know that many are praying for you as you walk this road. Lord Jesus, carry their broken hearts and comfort them as only you can.
Kent and Holly Osterman
April 29, 2010
John and Linda,
My thoughts and prayers have been with you through this terrible time. I pray that God will find a way to help heal you. Know that we are all here for you.
Diane Mulhollam
April 29, 2010
John and Linda,
We are so sorry for your loss. Heidi really was an amazing individual. Your entire family are in our thoughts.

Adam and Marika Taylor
April 29, 2010
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Kristin W
April 29, 2010
John and Linda, I am so sorry for what has happened to Heidi. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you in this difficult time. We wish we could be at the funeral, but are unable to come due to work schedules. Please know that we are with you in spirit. Mom and Dad also send their condolences. Keith and Priscilla Rafdahl and family
Priscilla Rafdahl
April 29, 2010
Linda & John - my heart aches for you! You are on my mind and in my prayers continuously. Love you!
Angie
April 28, 2010
What heartache. I am so sorry! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Rachel Clark
April 28, 2010
John and Linda -
Please know that our hearts are aching for you and we are praying continually. I am praying that God's peace will fall on you in a mighty way!!
Terri and Steve Whitehouse
April 28, 2010
We love you Nick...Firkus and Erickson families too. There are people all over the world praying for you and we will keep on... The words seem trite, but rest in the knowledge that God IS in control and HE DOES love you immensely more than you think or know.
April 28, 2010
John and Linda and family-
Words cannot begin to express how we grieve for you. We cannot imagine what you must be enduring, however we know that you all know THE source of comfort and strength. May He draw you into His arms and give you a peace that only He can give. We will uphold you in prayer.
Tom & Marti Kidd
April 28, 2010
I have been praying for you all constantly since I heard the news about Heidi. I am a friend of Chris' in GA and I am heartbroken for you all. May God comfort you and give you peace that only He can give.
Robin McGaha
April 28, 2010
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
April 28, 2010
Nick,
Our thought and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
Jim& Susanna Withrow, CJ's Chem-Dry
April 28, 2010
John and Linda,
I cannot imagine what you are going through. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Stephanie and Ram Mehta
April 28, 2010
May God bless you and all of your family.
April 28, 2010
Linda and family, I am so very sorry. Words can not adequately express, but I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you, praying for you, and so truly saddened by this. In sympathy, Jodi Boylan
Jodi Boylan
April 28, 2010
We are praying for your families - may your faith in our Lord give you strength to get through this.
Brian and Val Amundsen and family
April 28, 2010
I played basketball with Heidi throughout Middle School. Her and I were both point guards. She always had the best spirit. Her laughter and encouragement keep others strong. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lee Carmack
April 28, 2010
My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family in your time of grief. God Bless
Shirley
April 28, 2010
John, Linda and family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in the thoughts and prayers of all of your friends.

I pray that God enfolds you during this time of sorrow.

With heartfelt condolences,
Suzanne Schmitz
April 28, 2010
Heidi was such an amazing woman. We loved knowing her through Young Life. She was an incredible influence to her friends for Christ. We know that she is in heaven right now face to face with Jesus.
Beth and Craig Hinson
April 28, 2010
Ben, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this painful time. Know that your RHS family is here for you if you need anything!!
Jennifer LeMaster
April 28, 2010
I haven't seen Heidi for years but remember her as a smiling, happy kid in elementary school, and her photos look the same today. My thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.
Lindsay Colbeth
April 28, 2010
You are in my prayers.
April 28, 2010
Nick,
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May God carry you through this. God Bless
Tonya Moritz
April 28, 2010
John and Linda,
Just know that my heart aches for you and you are constantly in my thoughts. Everyone in Customer Service loved working with Heidi. Her calm demeanor and constant smile will be what we all remember.
Maria O'Phelan
April 28, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
April 28, 2010
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